(Florida, USA) The North American Commission for Redemptorist Spirituality and On-Going Formation met in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, February 3-4, 2020.
First, the Commission reviewed the progress of two books. One was Raphael Gallagher’s translation and commentary: “Conscience: Writings from Moral Theology by St Alphonsus.” This book has been published by Liguori Publications and a workshop on this book was given to all our students in Formation.
The other book reviewed was Fr. Gary Lauenstein’s translation of “Redemptorist Martyrs of Cuenca.” This book is currently being edited by Liguori Publications.
Next, there was a major discussion led by Fr. Tony Bidgood, C.Ss.R. on ministry with people who call themselves “Spiritual but not Religious.” Especially helpful during these discussions was the clarification of terms such as “Secularity,” “Spirituality,” and “Contextual Theology.”
Based on these discussions, a Retreat on the Conference level is being planned for 2021 to discern the skills we need to dialogue with this growing group in a realistic and respectful way. A letter will be sent out to confreres giving a short bibliography on this topic and asking confreres to send this Commission any information about books or programs that they have found helpful in their own reflection on the subject.
Other topics included the development of a bilingual Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena booklet, celebrating St Clement’s anniversary year, ministry to 2nd generation immigrants and North American Asian Spirituality and Popular Devotions. All of these topics are being explored by members of the Commission for further discussion and action.
Fr. Jack Kingsbury, C.Ss.R.