The Otto A. Shults Lecture Series on Spirituality was born of the dream of Mr. Otto A. Shults, a faithful and generous advocate of St. Bernard’s Seminary, predecessor of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry.
Following her husband’s death, Mabel Shults vowed to continue the family’s commitment to theological and ministerial education by endowing this Lecture Series, now in its 48th year.
Each year since 1974, the Lectureship has brought distinguished scholars to St. Bernard’s to address theological topics as they relate to the understanding and practice of ministry in the Church.
We are pleased to welcome this year's lecturer, Sr. Gill Goulding, C.J., Ph.D., who will address the topic of:
"The Mystery of God at Work in the Voice of the People of God:
The Spiritual Theology Underpinning the Synodal Process"
Sr. Gill’s doctoral studies were undertaken at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where she was elected a Research Fellow on completion of her Ph.D. She lectured in Systematic Theology for the University of Edinburgh, the Roman Catholic National Seminary in Scotland and the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church. In addition she was a regular contributor to BBC Scotland’s ‘Thought for the Day’ and an active member of ‘Church Action on Poverty’ an ecumenical organization working for the alleviation of poverty in the UK. Alongside her work as a theologian she undertakes a ministry of spiritual direction and retreat work. She came from Scotland to Canada in 2001. She was appointed by the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops to the Faith and Witness Commission (Theological Commission) of the Canadian Council of Churches and she also serves on the Theological Commission of the Conference of Religious in Canada. In 2012 she was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be a theological expert at the Synod on the New Evangelization for the transmission of the Christian Faith.