The 2024 Convocation provides fruitful dialogue for the Church today
DSPT student Joseph Rodrigues shared some highlights from his experience of the open sessions:
"Before the opening session on Saturday morning, all enjoyed coffee and pastries on the DSPT campus. This gave an opportunity for students to mingle with the fellows before any of the formalities commenced. I, myself, met with several fellows of varied backgrounds, who were very much enthused with my educational training and with what the DSPT offers in terms of academic and Christian formation.
Regarding topics we discussed, the Convocation brought up subject matters that are crucial to living the Gospel mission in today’s society, some of which are not discussed in a secular context. The Convocation of Fellows allows for free discussion with professionals and academics who are dedicated to living the Gospel, rather than only considering the virtuous life of the Christian person as a theory. As long as the DSPT continues down this path–a practice of applied Scripture–it will remain to serve as a beacon for those who walk the bridge between Athens and Jerusalem.
The College of Fellows is a well of resources that has the potential to guide our students who are seeking professional guidance. Although some of the fellows may not live in the area, or are unable to attend events like the Convocation and graduation, any event that brings the College of Fellows together would bear fruit for our students. This could include Zoom gatherings regarding study topics, mentorships, lectures, etc. It may also benefit the students to know that, under certain circumstances, a member of the College of Fellows may serve as a reader on the student's thesis committee, an option that is being explored and requested this academic year."
Photos taken by Sean Santos