BARTHOLOMEW WINTERS, PRIEST AS LEADER. The Process of the Inculturation of a Spiritual-Theological Theme of Priesthood in a United States Context
The United States Bishops'
Program of Priestly Formation, 4th edition, makes numerous references to
the ministerial priesthood in terms of leadership, a description largely
absent in Universal Church teaching on the priesthood. Although leadership
is a universal reality, particular cultural contexts determine how it is
understood and practiced. Thus, in describing priesthood in terms of leadership,
the bishops bring together two epistemologically distinct categories, priesthood
and leadership, pointing to the process of inculturation. The purpose of
this study is to examine the meaning of the ministerial priesthood in terms
of leadership, and to articulate some of the ramifications of such an understanding
for priestly spirituality and seminary formation.
The methodology of inculturation provides the matrix for the study, entailing three steps: 1) a thematic study, from the perspective of leadership, of the ministerial priesthood as it is expressed in conciliar and post-conciliar Church teaching; 2) a study of leadership as it is generally understood and experienced in the United States; 3) a correlation and critical interaction of the data from steps one and two, culminating in a moment of resonance or inculturation: the spirituality of priest as leader in a U.S. context, and the implications of such an understanding for seminary formation in the United States.
BARTHOLOMEW WINTERS is a priest of the Archdiocese
of Chicago. After completing studies at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in
Mundelein, Illinois, he was ordained in 1983. Following ordination, he
served five years as a parish priest, and in 1988 was assigned to the faculty
of the major seminary. In 1992 he received the Masters in Applied Spirituality
from the University of San Francisco. From 1992 until 1995, he studied
at the Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical Gregorian University
from which he received the Doctorate in Spiritual Theology, summa cum laude.
In 1996 he was appointed to serve as Dean of Formation, St. Mary of the
Lake Seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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