Augustine and the 21st Century: Gleaning Wisdom from Patristic Cathechesis (Part II)
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The Rev. Dr. WILLIAM HARMLESS, Professor of Theology at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, on Augustine and the ancient catechumenate:
In his two-part presentation to the Conference William Harmless, S.J., brought to life Augustine of Hippo’s instruction of “ordinary catechumens on an ordinary Sunday in Hippo Regius.” His reconstruction of the ancient North African liturgy of the Word and his lively account of the performative aspects of Augustinian catechetical texts revealed a dynamic model of catechesis and formation that informs and inspires all sorts of creative thought about conversion and disciple-making today.
Harmless’s new translations of Augustine’s sermons are a valuable resource in any catechetical endeavor because they show how important biblical narrative, rhetorical skill, and sensitive mentoring are to discipleship in a variety of ministry and mission contexts. These resources are now available in Harmless’s new book, Augustine in His Own Words (Catholic University of America Press, 2010).
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