AMERICA/CHILE - “A journey of communion and hope”: 4 to 7 April International Congress on Family Eucharistic Catechesis, Eucharistic path travelled in 40 years by millions of children and parents extends to other continents

Monday, 14 March 2005

Santiago de Chile (Fides Service) - From 4 to 7 April an International Congress on Family Eucharistic Catechesis will be held in Santiago de Chile with the slogan "A journey of communion and hope". The Congress is organised by the theology faculty of the Catholic University of Chile, the University of Tübingen, Germany, the Chilean Superior Institute for Catechetics and Pastoral and sponsored by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Chile and the Council of Latin American Bishops’ Conferences (CELAM).
The Family Eucharistic Catechesis is a path which for 40 years has helped millions of children prepare for first Holy Communion and parents to rediscover Christ and the Church as well as their vocation as a married couple. In the last ten years Family Eucharistic Catechesis has gone beyond the borders of Latin America, spreading to North America, Europe and Asia.
The Congress which will take place at the Catholic University of Chile, will offer pastoral workers and theologians an opportunity to renew the path of communion, identify pastoral-theological challenges for Family Eucharistic Catechesis and also ways of promoting a more lively and fruitful encounter between theology and pastoral care.
The participants will reflect on four main themes: "Start and Development of Family Eucharistic Catechesis"; "Foundations"; "Methodological foundations"; "Prospects and challenges". Participants will include Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic President of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference; Archbishop. Ramón de la Rosa y Carpio of Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic; Bishop Andres Arteaga auxiliary of Santiago and vice chancellor of the Catholic University of Chile; Bishop Santiago Silva Retamales, auxiliary of Valparaiso and President of the Bishops’ Commission for Biblical Pastoral; Rev. Carlos Decker Guerra, director of the Archdiocesan Institute for Catechesis, Santiago de Chile; Fr. José Carraro SDB director of the Bishops’ Commission for Catechesis.
To promote theological-pastoral, dialogue and communion, there will be various activities: conferences, workshops, debates, prayers, liturgical celebrations and moments of conviviality. (RG) (Agenzia Fides 14/3/2005; righe 29; parole 356)