A network for people who are interested in theology, officially known as the Catholic Theological Network, was set up on March 18 and is now accepting new members.
Its main purpose is to assist members in understanding the theological foundation for many of the Church’s teachings. This is done through common study, discussion as well pooling together shared resources.
Under the spiritual direction of Fr James Yeo, who is also rector of the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS), the network hopes to gather those who have an interest in theology for mutual support, spiritual enrichment, and to promote the study, reflection and discussion in Catholic theology and its application for service to the local Church.
“It is a good sign that more and more lay Catholics have taken an interest in theology,” said Fr Yeo.
“We have already established the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore to see to a more formal study of theology for our Catholics. Now we are starting this network which I hope will generate even more interest in theology as it provides a platform for those interested in theology to come for informal discussion on theological topics.”
Members of the network have been meeting before the group was officially set up. According to one such member, Ms Amy Matthews, “The sharings and discussions on theological issues which are particularly relevant to our time have enriched me, and I come away from each session with a little more cohesion in what I believe and in the way I am living out the Catholic faith. They add to a livelier faith for sure.”
Membership is open to those who have undertaken or are currently undertaking some form of theological training. Those interested in theology but with no formal training are encouraged to sign up as associate members.
The network, which has been granted ad experimentum status by Archbishop William Goh, meets every third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm-9pm. The meeting would typically include prayers from the Divine Office, a presentation and discussion on a theological topic.
The next meeting is scheduled for April 16, from 7.15pm-9pm at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre on 2 Highland Road. During this session, there will be an Investiture Mass celebrated by Fr Yeo for new members of the network and the recently elected office-bearers.