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Church in a secular society

final symposium of the research project »transmission of faith in societal and religious processes of transformation«, an initiative of the philosophisch-theologische hochschule muenster (pth) of the german capuchins and the institute m.-dominique chenu (imdc) of the dominicans in berlin


Main Lectures

++ José Casanova European Secularization from a Global Comparative Perspective: Diagnosis and Response
++ Slavica Jakelic The Religious and the Secular:
Beyond the Discourse of Conflict
++ John Corriveau OFMCap A Spirituality of Communion and the Transmission of Faith in our Secularized Society
++ Michael N. Ebertz
++ Lucia Segler
Presentation of an empirical research program about the question of world, identity and pastoral consequences within the Mendicant orders in the German speaking countries


Short lectures

++ Thomas Eggensperger OP Spheres of the political and the secular
++ Michael Plattig O.Carm »But now are they many members, yet but one body«
(1 Cor 12:20) Individual and community or the individual in community?!
++ Martina Kreidler-Kos »If it is good for you, please come« Community and individuality out of the Franciscan- Clarian perspective
++ Andreas Brands OFM A men’s living community which meets for prayer – Individualism and life in a community as a challenge for the formation of religious people
++ András Máté-Tóth Public Religion in Central and Eastern Europe Today
++ Alessandro Cortesi OP Faith as experience in an age of crisis: between transmissing and witnessing
++ Wayne Hellmann OFM The Secular world: A Foundation for Bonaventure‘ s Teaching on the Sacrament
++Joseph Nuzzi Evangelization where God is Invisible: Practical reflections on the challenges and successes of a Franciscan parish in the heart of New York City
++ Stefan Knobloch OFMCap Religion/faith in processes of differentiation and non-differentiation
++ Ulrich Engel OP The church under the banner of the crisis of power and acceptance. A plea for a pastoral work, which is communicative and sensitive to reality
++ Thomas Dienberg OFMCap How do we find a new language? Or: About the Franciscan simplicity and fragility
++ Willi Anderau OFMCap Pastoral engagement and ecclesiastical communication through media in a secularized public sphere
++ Marcin Lisak OP Beyond (De)Secularisation: Towards Nomadic Religiosity in a Globalised World
++ Bernhard Kohl OP Recognition of the vulnerable. A heuristic ethical approach towards plural societies.
++ Dominic Monti OFM Between power and powerlessness: The challenges of being a Lesser Brother or Sister in a modern, secular world
++ Francesca Restifo Extreme Poverty - a human rights violation. Moving towards a right-based approach of extreme poverty
++ Angel Méndez Montoya OP Secularity and postsecularity in Latin America



  • Talk between Christian Bauer OPL and José Casanova Panel Discussion: Mauro Jöhri OFMCap, Aurelia Spendel OP, Christophorus Goedereis OFMCap...
  • Workshops
  • Excursions
    • Institut zur Förderung publizistischen Nachwuchses e.V. (ifp)
    • Herz Jesu-Kirche, München-Neuhausen
    • Glaubensorientierung St. Michael, München
    • Institut für Gesellschaftspolitik an der Hochschule für Philosophie, München


Monday, July 1st 2013 - 07:30 pm: Opening lecture


Friday, July 5th 2013 after breakfast


Kardinal-Döpfner-Haus/ Bildungszentrum
der Erzdiözese München und Freising
Domberg 27
85354 Freising

Telefon: +49 8161-181-0
Fax: +49 8161-181-2205

The administration office will be opened July 1st from 3:00 pm until the evening.


Freising is very close to Munich airport.
++ By train:
     FREISING Hbf (via Munich HBF with S1 or RE)
++ By plane:
     Bus 635 (Terminal 1/MUC und Terminal 2) to FREISING HbF


  • Board and lodging, conference package, excursions
    300,- € (also for partial participation)

  • Without lodging
    200,- €


DKM Münster
IBAN: DE79 4006 0265 0003 2117 08
Account holder: PTH - Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Münster


Thomas Dienberg OFMCap
Hohenzollernring 60
48145 Münster

Tel.: +49 251 482560


May 20th 2013

During early summer participants will receive further information.


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