The consecrated life, marked by the profession on the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience, is a great gift given to the Church by Jesus Christ. In the Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis focused the Church's attention on this great gift, asking the Church to "look at the past with gratitude," "live the present with passion," and "embrace the future with hope." This course will cover the nature and essence of consecrated life in the mystery of the Church, with a focus on the Vatican II documents Lumen Gentium and Perfectae Caritatis, as well as the Code of Canon Law and Pope St. John Paul II's Vita Consecrata. The history of religious life will be discussed to see how this has taken concrete shape throughout the Church's life. Lastly, the Scriptural foundations of consecrated life will be analyzed and discussed, specifically the Gospel foundations of the evangelical counsels.
Hours of Instruction: 6
Sister Jude Andrew has been a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist for over ten years. The community, based out of Ann Arbor, MI has Sisters across the country teaching kindergarten through the university levels; Sister is currently teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade social studies at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School here in Phoenix. She grew up at a Dominican parish in Portland, Oregon before entering the community, obtained her teaching degree at Eastern Michigan University and is enrolled in a Masters of Theology program at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.