For over forty years Jesuits and their associates have supported a residential summer school of Christian Faith in the Catholic tradition. In recent years, in addition to the annual residential summer school, various non-residential events have also taken place at several other venues.
- liturgies of prayer, Eucharist and reconciliation enrich the experience of the reflecting community,
- real questions of Christian living can be discussed frankly, intelligently and without prejudice.
The courses are taught by Jesuits and their associates - some university lecturers, some engaged in academic study and some involved in a variety of pastoral work.
Important announcement about the Residential Summer School
Regrettably for the first time since it began, there was no Residential Living Theology Summer School in 2012. Unfortunately it proved impossible to arrange this at Mount St. Mary's, and there was insufficient time to make alternative arrangements at another venue.
This sad development with the 2012 Living Theology Residential Summer School has stimulated the Committee to think very hard about the central question - "What should Living Theology look like in the 21st Century?" Residential Living Theology was originally devised as a means to inform and educate the laity about the developments of Vatican II. The question is, what should Living Theology be doing in the modern Church? The Committee invited those who have attended recent Residential Living Theology Summer Schools to participate in the discussion, and those on our database were contacted.
It was decided that for the time being at least, local regional Living Theolgy events tailored specifically to the needs and circumstances of local people may be preferable to longer residential courses. These have of course taken place regularly over the years at Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool etc, in London, and in York. Suggestions for venues, topics and offers to be local organisers are welcomed.
We wish to say that this does not mean an end to Residential Living Theology Summer School altogether, and should circumstances permit, we may well hold these again in the future. We do want to emphasise and assure you that other exciting local Living Theology events are still taking place in 2013 and hopefully will continue to do so for many years to come.
Although the main Residential Living Theology Summer School Committee is no longer operational, this website is remaining operational to provide a central reference point for local Living Theology events.