The Loyola School of Theology invites you to the online oral defense of the S.T.L. Tesina entitled “DEEPENING OUR AWARENESS OF THE FOUNDING CHARISM OF UNIVERSALITY AS CHRISTIAN CALL: In and Through the Life of Blessed Fr. Francis Jordan and the Foundation of the Society of the Divine Savior” by Fr. JESURAJAN LAMBERT JULIU. S.D.S. on July 28, 2022 (Thursday) at 3:00 am. The Board of Examiners is composed of Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D. (Adviser), Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D. (Principal Examiner), and Fr. Hartono Budi, S.J., Th.D. The defense is being held in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Licentiate in Sacred Theology with field of specialization in Spirituality and Leadership. It is open to the public.
Abstract: The thrust of this paper highlights on the importance of deepening one’s knowledge on the importance of the Charism of Universality for effective and true Christian living and mission as Christians in general and as Salvatorians in particular. The ultimate end of Christian life is the Kingdom of God, to attain eternal life with the Creator, God, and Father in Heaven. Hence, the life of the believers has to prefigure, hopefully, a life of communion, love, joy, peace, harmony, and unity in diversity.
The Catholic Church is the mysterious sign of the kingdom of God on earth. The Holy Spirit who fills the Church with graces and gifts is the life of the Church. The word “Catholic” comes from Greek, katholou, which was first used by St. Ignatius of Antioch. It means Universal which aptly expresses the character of the Church. This character is then the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church.
The Salvatorians believe that the Holy Spirit, also in a special way, inspired their Founder Blessed Francis Jordan with the Charism of the Universality. This Tesina mainly discusses the Theology of Intercultural Community Living and the Christian Virtues as Ways for Salvatorians to Enliven Their Founding Charism of Universality. The Catholic Church has always reminded all believers in renewing their original spirit, especially the founding Charisms of the religious communities. Hence, deepening this Founding Charism of Universality is an existential need and shall transform the members to live in harmony with one another not only for the effectiveness and growth of the Salvatorian mission but also for the growth of the Catholic Church, as a whole.