Summer school an antidote to secular culture

The summer school aims to form participants to be missionaries for family life (Unsplash/Priscilla Du Preez)

A summer school intended to form leaders with a deeper understanding of the Church’s teaching on marriage and family will be held in Tasmania next month. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

Director of the Office of Life, Marriage and Family Ben Smith said that the Matrimonium Summer School, to be held in Hobart January 21-25, will help form participants to be missionaries for family life.

“Right now we’ve got a secular culture which is going very much in the opposite direction to the Church’s understanding of marriage and family, so the idea is to give people a much deeper understanding of these areas in their own lives, in terms of the people they choose to maybe date, and get engaged to, and the way that they might live their married life,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said that the school will help young adults aged 18 to 35 move from being passengers, led by other people, to being leaders in their parishes and ministries.

Registrations have come from both within and outside Tasmania, and Mr Smith said he is hoping for even more people to take up the opportunity with registrations closing on January 10.

For Tasmanians who aren’t able to come for the full five-day program, single or multi-day participation will be possible.

The full program will involve teachings, times of prayer, social opportunities and trips to various heritage and tourist sites close to Hobart.

While the Matrimonium Summer School is aimed at young adults, it falls within a whole-of-life formation initiative known as the Matrimonium Project, seeking to renew and deepen the marriage culture within Tasmania, particularly sacramental marriages, to try and direct and enrich the lives of people who are married and those who are preparing for marriage.

Recent legislative developments validate the decision to hold the school, Mr Smith said.

“We’ve got a fairly hostile culture forming,” he said.

“So being able to actually deal with the negative formation that can happen is another important reason why the Matrimonium Summer School needs to take place.”

Details: Ben Smith at [email protected]

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