Friday, October 19, 2018

People's Catholic Seminary- A Journey to Spiritual Transformation, Empowerment and Equality- Affordable and Accessible

As the Roman Catholic Church faces ongoing criticism for the world-wide sexual abuse crisis, the male seminary preparation program is under scrutiny for its emphasis on medieval scholastic theology, its failure to develop a wholistic approach to sexual and spiritual development, and its neglect of mystical spirituality and contemporary theological studies.

The People's Catholic Seminary provides a more integrative approach that presents the insights of contemporary theologians like Elizabeth Johnson, Ilia Delio, Amy Jill-Levine, Matthew Fox, Diarmuid O'Murchu Bishop Spong and many more. A wide variety of courses include biblical studies, theology, spirituality, mystics, liturgy, sacraments, and social justice.

Courses are designed for the women priests movement, members of our inclusive communities and spiritual seekers. Courses are affordable and available for personal enrichment, for a certificate and/or for Master in Pastoral Ministry degree in partnership with Global Ministries University. For more information visit  

Theologian Karl Rahner wrote “In the days ahead, you will either be a mystic (one who has experienced God for real) or nothing at all.”  Thomas Berry believed that humankind will not be able to transform our institutions and save our planet without the wisdom of women.
"The wisdom of women is to join the knowing of the body to that of the mind, to join soul to spirit, intuition to reasoning, feeling consciousness to intellectual analysis, intimacy to detachment. subjective presence to objective distance. (Thomas Berry, The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, (New York: Bell Tower, 1999. p. 180).

In her book, Personal Transformation and New Creation, Orbis, NY 2017 (pp. 38-39) Sister Ilia Delio describes a  global spiritual awakening that is arising - moving out of hierarchal structures and into fostering  community and connecting with creation. This revolution  requires spiritual literacy that leads to love and compassion.  Women are leading the way in this transformation.  Ilia reports that women are developing a new spiritual literacy, whereby they "define religion and spirituality for themselves, rather than being passively defined for them." This new spiritual consciousness applies to all religions and combines the insights of  contemplation and feminism. 

We are witnessing a creative mystical consciousness, rooted in altruistic love, that is shaping a new stage of evolutionary transformation for our earth community in the 21st century. 

What will this mean for the Roman Catholic Church in crisis?

There are unimagined possibilities and challenges for our international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement as a new model of egalitarian ministry emerges to renew the Church by living inclusivity and welcoming all to Banquet Table now!   

We invite you to accompany us on as we grow in knowledge and wisdom on the journey to gender justice, equality and empowerment.  Together we can do something new!

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