GOD’S INVITATION — FOR OUR TIMES
PREPARATORY DOCUMENT FOR THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY (2021-2023)
“TO PLANT DREAMS, DRAW FORTH PROPHECIES AND VISIONS, ALLOW HOPE TO FLOURISH, INSPIRE TRUST, BIND UP WOUNDS, WEAVE TOGETHER RELATIONSHIPS, AWAKEN A DAWN OF HOPE, LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER AND CREATE A BRIGHT RESOURCEFULNESS THAT WILL ENLIGHTEN MINDS, WARM HEARTS, GIVE STRENGTH TO OUR HANDS.”
WITH URGENCY AND TRUST
The School for Prophets aims to hear and heed God’s voice from within the tumult of this time. Practicing the prayer, study, and silent receptivity exemplified by the prophets, school-participants will examine the world as God sees it, and discern ways to speak God’s truth, for both what is needed and possible.
…The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The spirit of the lord is upon me
Because he has anointed me and sent me
To bring good news to the poor,
To release the captives,
To restore sight to the blind,
To unburden the oppressed,
To declare a Jubilee of the lord’s favour.”
ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL “THE PROPHETS”
WHAT DOES A PROPHET DO?
SEEING AND SPEAKING ANEW
AIMS OF THE SCHOOL FOR PROPHETS
- To grow in friendship with Jesus
- To learn from the example of prophetic figures in the bible and the Christian tradition
- To enhance the capacity for a life of witness to Christ — personally, and as a community
- To nurture the capacity for prophetic contemplation
- To develop a way of prophetic discernment
- To undertake both critique and creative visioning of our times through the lens of Catholic
Inspired by Scripture and the Living Tradition: The curriculum draws on the experience of biblical prophets and saints from the Carmelite tradition. The Carmelite values indispensable to the prophetic commission – solitude, silence, community prayer, contemplation, collaborative work, presence, listening, discernment, welcoming, and integration – are at the heart of the programme.
Applying Prayerful Enquiry: The programme encourages a prayerful engagement with current social reality, fostering critical thinking from a spiritual perspective that addresses causes, and not simply effects.
A Participative Model: The residential weekend gatherings and frequent on-line sessions allow for building relationships and confidence in a community growing and learning together how to witness the movements of the Holy Spirit at this time.
Catholic, Ecumenical and Inter-disciplinary: Prophets operate at the boundaries between the religious and the social. This requires gathering input from a wide spectrum of sources, contemplating and processing these within the rich guidance of scripture and tradition, and making God’s presence and desires alive in the world.
Communal Emphasis: Learning and growing together in our prophetic calling and encouraging one another in the demands that prophetic truth-telling engenders.
Led by a Religious and Lay Team: Programme facilitators bring their insights and lived experience as lay and religious members of the Church to enrich the conversation with course participants.
Creativity—Inspired and Inspiring: Prophets not only tell truths that in God’s name must be spoken. They also conjure the latent potential for healing, wholeness, and holiness that reside in each human person created in the image of God.
DATES AND DETAILS | 2022-2023
|The Prophetic Vocation - Then & Now
|Introduction to the Biblical Prophets
|Encountering Jesus As Prophet
|Prophetic Qualities, Attributes & Challenges
|The Beatitudes As Prophetic Template
|Prophetic Prayer: Heeding Silence
|Reading the “Signs of the Times”
|Discerning Prophetic Gifts
|Forming a Prophetic Community
|Finding One’s Prophetic Voice
|Catholic Social Teaching, Applied
|The Ethical Art of Prophetic Questions
|Receiving & Serving the Holy Spirit
|Prophetic Contributions to the Church & Beyond