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For Bishop Ocáriz, it is necessary to create a living theology that reaches people and enthuses them with the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

The Chancellor of the University of Navarra visited the School of Theology on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

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Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz, Chancellor of the University of Navarra, congratulates Juan Chapa, Dean of the School of Theology, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the center. PHOTO: University of Navarra

It is necessary to do a living theology that reaches people and excites them with the knowledge of Jesus Christ, without falling into the pure knowledge dissemination. These were some of the ideas that Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, Chancellor of the University of Navarra, presented during a session with professors, staff of administration and services, and students of the Ecclesiastical Schools on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the School of Theology. At the same time, he encouraged to carry forward a work seriously carried out: in the study, the teaching and the research task.

In the meeting, which was part of his first visit at campus of the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Chancellor began by congratulating the School School of Theology on its half-century of history and for continuing with the mission statement project promoted by St. Josemaría. He focused his message on three ideas: first, he emphasized the connection between theology and the life of prayer. Secondly, he stressed the importance of multidisciplinarity in maintaining the spirit of unity of Scripture, dogmatics and morals; and finally, he encouraged people to study the writings of St. Josemaría in depth.

Professor Juan Chapa, Dean of the School of Theology, introduced the event, which was attended by 300 people. Also at the presidential table were Vice Chancellor, Monsignor Ramón Herrando and President, Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero.

In his speech, the Dean showed his "deep gratitude and joy" for having received the visit of Bishop Ocáriz, doctor for the School of Theology and one of the almost 5,000 graduates who have studied in his classrooms: "He has made this day occupy a unique place in the various acts of celebration of the 50 years of the School".

He also affirmed that the School of Theology is today "a reality fully rooted in the University of Navarra and well known in the national and international theological world," just as St. Josemaría, the first Chancellor of the academic center, dreamed.

This School "grows thanks to the dedication of many people: professors, employees and students who have contributed with their work, professionalism, delicacy and good humor to make this building a pleasant and familiar place," he recalled.

Upon his arrival at the building, Bishop Fernando Ocáriz had the opportunity to greet the staff no professor, professors from different Departments and members of the board board of directors of the School of Theology, and the deans of Canon Law and Ecclesiastics of Philosophy.

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Academic ceremony at report for Bishop Javier Echevarría

The Chancellor of the University of Navarra participated during the morning of the 19th in an academic ceremony at report of his predecessor between 1994 and 2016, Bishop Javier Echevarría, where he emphasized his enthusiasm and effort to transfer to initiatives in other countries "the Christian spirit and passionate love for the world that is breathed in the University." "Don Javier energetically encouraged a seal that St. Josemaría imprinted on him from the beginning: openness to the whole world, with the illusion of serving, of sharing the best that one has."

At the ceremony, which highlighted the closeness, magnanimity and gratitude of Don Javier, as well as his support for research, also spoke the President of the University; the vice-dean of the School of Medicine and pulmonologist of the Clinic, Arantza Campo; and the former director general of IESE, Jordi Canals. More than 700 people attended, including the Archbishop of Pamplona, Msgr. Francisco Pérez, the board of Governing Body of the University, boards of directors of centers, professors, staff administration and services, and students.

Fernando Ocáriz met with more than thirty representatives of the students of the academic center, among whom were the delegates and sub-delegates of the University, and the deans of the Colegios Mayores. The University's Chancellor encouraged them to study while fleeing from individualism, "caring for others".