This book’s six essays pertain to the “piercing of the clouds,” or the experience of heavenly mysteries, which characterizes lectio divina practiced well. These peer-reviewed essays give special attention to the practice of lectio divina during preparation for ministry.Book Details
These essays offer a sustained reflection on how Catholic theological formation is necessarily grounded in scriptural exegesis.Book Details
Matthew C. Briel
Andrew Hofer, OP
Michael Monshau, OP
Christopher J. Thompson
The Catholic Theological Formation Series is sponsored by The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, the graduate school of theological formation for Roman Catholic seminarians and laity enrolled at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. As a premier institution of theological formation for the region and beyond, The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity seeks to form men and women for the task of fulfilling the specific call God has for them, a call grounded in their common baptismal vocation to serve one another in Christ.
As an institution of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the school is intentional in its commitment to priestly and diaconal formation. As an institution of graduate theological education, the school prepares the laity for the equally compelling task of making Christ known and loved in the world. Although the students prepare for diverse ministries, all enroll in a curriculum of theological formation within the context of holistic and integrated Catholic formation.
It is this challenge of theological formation—the challenge to faithfully inform one’s understanding—that serves as the focus of this series, with special attention given to the task of preparing priests, deacons, teachers, and leaders within the Roman Catholic tradition. Although the series is academic in tenor, it aims beyond mere academics in its integrative intellectual approach. We seek to promote a form of discourse that is professional in its conduct and spiritual in its outcomes, for theological formation is more than an exercise in academic technique. It is rather about the perfecting of a spiritual capacity: the capacity on the part of the human person to discern what is true and good.
To maintain the series’ academic tenor, future admissions will undergo double-blind peer review. This has already been done for Piercing the Clouds: Lectio Divina and Preparation for Ministry. Other volumes not formally reviewed, whose essays originated in invited lectures, still underwent editorial scrutiny and correction.
This series, then, aims to develop the habits of mind required of a sound intellect—a spiritual aptitude for the truth of God’s living Word and his Church. Most often, it will draw from the more traditional specializations of historical, systematic, moral, and biblical scholarship. Homiletics and pastoral ministry are anticipated venues as well. There will be occasions, however, when a theme is examined across disciplines and periods, for the purposes of bringing to our common consideration a thesis yet undeveloped.
Despite the variety of methodologies and topics explored, the series’ aim remains constant: to provide a sustained reflection upon the mission and ministry of Catholic theological formation of both clergy and laity alike.
The general editor of the Catholic Theological Formation Series, Fr. Kevin Zilverberg, serves as assistant professor of sacred Scripture and the founding director of Saint Paul Seminary Press at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity.