Charismatic Circularity Lay Faculty, Practices of Transmission, and Possibilities for Renewal

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Mara Brecht

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This essay explores the principle of charismatic circularity and argues that this theological principle offers a warrant for lay faculty to adopt and renew the charisms of religious congregations in and through the practices of teaching. The essay fi rst develops the principle of charismatic circularity by tracing its origin, as well as explicating the Biblical origin of charism and its theological development at the Second Vatican Council, particularly in relation to charism renewal among religious communities. The essay then discusses charism transmission within the context of 21st century Catholic higher education through a concrete example of a faculty-led, charism-driven pedagogy development program.

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