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Diminishing Human Resources in Religious Institutes: Planning for Future Challenges

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Diminishing Human Resources in Religious Institutes: Planning for Future Challenges

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Location: Heythrop College

Religious Life Institute vith Prof. Dr. Myriam Wijlens

Religious congregations all over the Western World are experiencing increasing difficulties in providing for leadership in their own institute. It is a gradual process that stretches from a lack of financial experts to encountering difficulties in finding a general or provincial leadership team. Questions arise concerning the future of apostolic works, about the rights and obligations of diocesan bishops to intervene and last but not least about long term support of overseas provinces. In this workshop Prof. Myriam Wijlens will address these and related questions and consider possible solutions.

Prof. Wijlens is a Dutch canon lawyer and university professor in Erfurt (Germany). She has been working with religious institutes on these questions for 25 years. Most recently she spoke on the topic at the Canon Law Workshop organized by the UISG (Union of International Superiors General) in Rome.  She has been a member of the Canon Law Affairs Commission of the Conference of Major Superiors of the Netherlands since 1993 and is a consultant to religious institutes worldwide.

Programme

09:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Session 1
11:15 Coffee Break
11:45 Session 2 and Questions
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Group work
14:45 Tea Break
15:15 Feedback and Questions
16:00 Concluding remarks

Registration

£25 to include lunch and other refreshments.


Prof Dr Myriam Wijlens (*1962, in Losser, the Netherlands), obtained the licentiate in Theology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in 1986.  After obtaining a licentiate in 1988 and a doctorate in Canon Law from Saint Paul University in Ottawa in 1990, she pursued further studies at the University of Münster in Germany where she obtained a further doctorate in 1997.  After working at the Marriage Tribunal in Münster she became a university professor. Since 2005, she has been a full professor of Canon Law in Erfurt, Germany.  From 2008 until 2011 she served as vice president of the University. Since 2012 she has also been an honorary professor of Canon Law and Ecumenism at the University of Durham.

In 2008 the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity appointed her for six years as its delegate to the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. This was recently renewed until 2022. The same Pontifical Council also appointed her as its delegate to a conversation with the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe from 2012 until 2018.  Recently, the University of Notre Dame, Indiana appointed her at the recommendation of the Holy See as a member of the Academic Advisory Board of its Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.

Professor Wijlens specialises in ecumenism and canon law. She has published several books and approximately 90 articles.

Since 1986 she has been in close contact with religious institutes in the Netherlands.  Since 1993, she has been on the Canonical Affairs Commission of the Conference of Major Superiors in the Netherlands. In 2016 she spoke at the Canon Law Workshop organized by the UISG (Union of International Superiors General) in Rome. Together with a former provincial of the Jesuits in Austria, she is setting up a network of people in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland to consider issues concerning ageing religious communities. She has several publications on this subject and has lectured on it at many religious institutes.

She can be reached at: wijlens@yahoo.de

Prof Dr Myriam Wijlens
Chair of Canon Law
University of Erfurt
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt
Germany

Contact Name: Annabel Clarkson
Contact Email: a.clarkson@heythrop.ac.uk