School of Theology: An Introduction to the Basics of Cannon Law

Published on May 15th, 2013 by Austin Keith | 0

“By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established, through knowledge
its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”  Proverbs 24:3-4

By Erin McGeever

The 5th annual Summer School of Theology will be held the week of June 17-21 in the Wisdom Center at Marywood Retreat & Conference Center in St. Johns. This formation opportunity provides a full immersion experience into a particular area of theology. The week is suitable for Level III continuing formation for teachers and catechists and for 20 hours of Level II in the areas of Church History and Morality.

This year’s event is part of the general focus on formation in the basics of the faith called for by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in Porta Fidei. The Year of Faith formally began on Oct. 11, 2012 and will close on Nov. 23, 2013. In 2011, there was a study of the history of the Vatican II documents.  Last year, the topic was: The Church and Modernity: Theology, Politics and Culture ca. 1500-1958. 

This year, participants will be introduced to the Basics of Canon Law.  The importance of knowledge of Canon Law to those who minister within the church cannot be fully listed here.  However, the Code determines, assigns and coordinates the various roles of individuals and groups for the common good. A sense of the church’s organization and operation is essential for anyone to be able to function well within ministry.

Father Tim Lindenfelser, J.C.L. and Ms. Karen Kight, J.C.L. will be the presenters for the week.  Father Tim is currently pastor of St. Anastasia Parish in St. Augustine and is a priest of the Diocese of St. Augustine. He completed his training in Canon Law at Catholic University of America. He also serves as Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of St. Augustine. Karen Kight completed her Canon Law studies also at Catholic University of America and she is an Associate Judge for the Tribunal. She is a parishioner of the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine.

The sessions will meet daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the following main themes:

Church and Law throughout History

The People of God:  Do they have rights?

       To whom do I talk:  The Constitution of the Church

       The means of salvation and sanctification

       Is every sin a punishable crime:  sanctions of the Church

There is an early bird special of $150 prior to May 20. Registrations will still be taken from May 20 through June 10 at the normal price of $200. Price includes lunch and the text for the class:
An Introduction to Canon Law by Rev. James A. Coriden.  Participants need to also bring a copy of the Code of Canon Law.  These may be purchased separately from the Office of Christian Formation for an additional $20. Orders for the Code must be placed two weeks in advance of the School of Theology to insure that we have enough in stock.

To learn more, [click here for brochure]