Your Eminence/ Your Grace/ Reverend Mother/ Reverend Father,
I would hereby like to invite you and the people you would like to invite, to participate in the Theological Open Day that the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family is organizing for next Tuesday, March 28, online, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CEST).
This event has the main purpose of presenting the academic proposal of the Institute, with particular emphasis in the two theological programs: the Canonical Licentiate in Theology of Marriage and Family and the Canonical Doctorate in Theology of Marriage and Family.
Born from the insights of St. John Paul II, who conceived the original project of a specialised faculty of Theology, implanted in the various cultures, our Pontifical Institute has received a new impetus from Pope Francis following a new Synod on the family. Through the Apostolic Letter Summa familiae cura of 2017, we were entrusted with the mission of practising theology in dialogue with the other sciences, to enable the local Churches to better accompany families, especially those suffering from wounds, and to accompany them by ensuring that the resources of their cultures, renewed by the light of the Gospel, are enhanced.
In daily contacts with students arriving to Rome from over 40 countries, and with the academic authorities of our 10 associated sections and centres, I can see the fruitfulness of this orientation.
In the audience granted to the Institute on 24 October 2022, Pope Francis touched the hearts and minds of our students by inviting them to study not only the conjugal dynamics of marriage, but also the love that develops between siblings, between generations, in the extended family and in relationships of social proximity. In doing so, he has encouraged them to write theses and dissertations that start from the concrete and stimulate actions (“the intelligence of the hands,” as the Pope himself recently reminded students at the pontifical Roman universities). This Latin American approach reaches Africa and Asia, where the extended family supports people in the vicissitudes of life. It also offers new perspectives to Western churches.Taking seriously the competences of families to build more fraternal societies is a response to the urgent needs our time, as Francis expresses them in his two social encyclicals, Laudato si’ and Fratelli tutti.
All this makes our Institute a special place where lay people, priests and religious, from very different geographical backgrounds are welcomed and accompanied with care and dedication to discover the beauty and complexity of all areas of family reality and its decisive role within human society.
I, together with all the staff of the Institute, remain at your disposal for any further information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In renewing the invitation to the online Open Day, hoping it will be of interest for you and your mission, I thank you most sincerely for your attention and remain devotedly
Yours in Christ!
Mgr. Philippe Bordeyne
Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute
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