Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., who holds the chair in the social-scientific study of religion at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, will present “Church Ministry in a New Millennium: Making the Most of These Times” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in the meeting room, lower level, John Ireland Memorial Library.

The talk is part of the Ireland Library Lecture Series. An informal reception will follow.

Based on research from her recently published book, Seminaries, Theologates and the Future of Church Ministry, Schuth will discuss what awaits Roman Catholic priests and lay ministers as the next century dawns. She will consider the dominant ecclesial and societal movements that will have a bearing on the ministry provided in parishes and other settings.

Schuth also will respond to frequently asked questions: How and how well are people being prepared for ministry? What is the vision for ministry of students and faculty in seminaries these days? What joys and supports, challenges and concerns do they foresee?

Finally, Schuth will examine the question: Do you still have hope? This question is based on her earlier book about seminaries, Reason for the Hope.

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