SEPTEMBER 2011 Audio Conference
Presented by Bruce T. Morill, SJ, Ph.D.
This two-part audio conference explores theological and pastoral dimensions distinct to the ministry to the seriously ill (session one, September 8th) and the dying (session two, September 15th). New insights arise when we consider the sacrament of anointing the sick as a sacrament of vocation, fundamentally for the person being anointed but also in relation to those ministering to and accompanying the seriously or chronically ill and elderly. The pastoral and personal perspectives shift dramatically when a person is actively dying. Here we shall explore in some detail the pastoral-ritual process (and rich resources) found in the church’s rite of the Pastoral Care of the Dying, noting especially the complementarity of sound and silence, word and symbol, holding and letting go.
About the Presenter
Bruce T. Morrill, S.J., is Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies in the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses in the areas of Theological Studies and Homiletic and Liturgical Studies. He has lectured widely in North America, Europe, and Australia, and has published an extensive number of journal articles, book chapters, and reviews. Author of the recent Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death (Liturgical, 2009), his newest book is the forthcoming Encountering Christ in the Eucharist: The Paschal Mystery in People, Word, and Sacrament (Paulist, 2012).