Just published by Columba Press is a new book entitled 'A Future Full of Hope?' - edited by Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ (Congregation of Jesus). The book, which is based on papers given at a colloquium run by the Religious Life Institute (Heythrop College, University of London) seeks to consider whether religious life is facing imminent death or is on the cusp of a hopeful future - or somewhere in between.
Despite recent scandals and a steady diminishment of numbers since Vatican II, religious remain a powerful source of inspiration and positive energy within church and society. Some fifty years after the Council today’s context and questions are different. Did the Council bring about a renewal or an implosion of religious life? Who is looking at religious vocation today? What are they seeking, and what are they finding?
The foreword to the book is penned by former Master of the Dominican Order - Timothy Radcliffe OP and has contributions from well known figures in religious life, including Christopher Jamison OSB, Gregory Collins OSB, James Sweeney CP.
The author of this blog has contributed a chapter to the book entitled 'The Dominicans and Vocations' which is a reflection on the response of the Irish Dominican friars to the vocations question over the past ten year period.
The book is available from Columba Press (www.columba.ie) and from Veritas stores in Ireland (www.veritas.ie) and is priced at €12.99