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'Current challenges of priestly life', topic central of the University's conference of update Pastoral 2022

Cardinal Juan José Omella, Archbishop of Barcelona, will close the sessions in which priests from different Spanish dioceses will participate.

FotoManuelCastells/Professor Miguel Brugarolas, director of the conference of update Pastoral 2022

07 | 09 | 2022

On September 15 and 16, the University of Navarra will hold the "Jonadas de la Jonadas de update Pastoral The University of Navarra is celebrating on September 15 and 16, the "Jonadas de la School de Teología", which will bring together a hundred priests from different Spanish dioceses, to reflect on the current challenges of priestly life.

The conference are intended to be a place of meeting to share ideas and experiences on the current challenges in priestly life and ministry. To this end, suggestions will be offered for reflection on the current status , and spaces in which diverse pastoral experiences around the life and ministry of the priest will be shared.

Professor Miguel Brugarolas, director of the conference, points out that "the existence and mission statement of priests in society is more necessary than ever" and recalls the words of Pope Francis in which he exhorts priests to be grateful for the divine gift of vocation so that this gratitude "awakens praise and encourages us once again in the mission statement of anointing our brothers in hope".  

Professor Miguel Ponce Cuéllar, from the Archdiocese of Mérida-Badajoz, will be in charge of opening the workshop on Thursday, September 15, with a discussion paper entitled 'The identity of the priest in a liquid world'. Cardinal Juan José Omella, Archbishop of Barcelona, will close the meeting on Friday, September 16, with a lecture entitled 'The God who rejoices my youth: prayer and Eucharist in the life of the priest'.

Three panels to provide experiences and proposals

Keeping priestly life young at all times' will be the focus of the first panel of the conference. It will be moderated by Lucas Buch, professor of the School of Theology, and will include the participation of Miguel de Salis, professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome), who will speak on the 'Itineraries of integration between knowledge and feeling'; and Daniel Granada, professor at the University of Navarra, who will address the topic of 'Priestly friendship and fraternity'.

Equilibrium and psychological health in the priest' will be the main topic of the second panel topic and will be moderated by Pablo Marti, professor at the University of Navarra. Marian Rojas Estapé, psychiatrist from the Spanish Psychiatric Research Center high school , will speak on 'Expectations, frustration, maturity'; and Carlos Chiclana, psychiatrist from the University CEU San Pablo, who will focus his exhibition on 'The affectivity of the priest: challenges, risks and opportunities'.

In the third panel, which will be moderated by Professor Brugarolas, will be presented 'Some experiences around the care of priestly life'. Speakers will include Álvaro García Paniagua, President of seminar room Mayor de San Ildefonso (Toledo), who will speak on 'Life after seminar room'; Gil González, Vicar of the Clergy in the Archdiocese of Madrid, who will speak on 'The care of priests from the diocese'; and Antonio Cobo, pastor of the diocese of Almería, whose lecture will be degree scroll 'How to be a priest in a diocese and not die trying'.