Students examine the Christian concept of charism particularly as connected to vocation and mission. The course surveys biblical references to "charisma/charismata", then shifts to Consecrated Life. Methods for identifying the charism of a founder will be explored along with questions for expressing a founder's spirit in changing cultural realities. Finally, attention will be given to the theology of charism and consecration in relation specifically to the Salesian Family founded by St John Bosco.
Format: Lecture/discussion. Evaluation: group work, class presentation and research paper.