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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
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FUELLENBACH, John. Anselm prior OFM and the shift to the Lumko Model for the Church after Vatican II. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.3, pp.1-5. ISSN 2412-4265.

In the creative turmoil after the Second Vatican Council, the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) set up a five-month renewal course at Nemi for their members. Noting that one key issue was the changing concept and practice of the Catholic Church from a universal, clerical pyramid to a communion of local communities, and that this conciliar theological vision demanded particular pastoral skills and training, the then director of the Nemi Renewal Course invited Anselm Prior to conduct a workshop presenting the Lumko training method of building Small Christian Communities. In this paper the author contrasts the Basic Ecclesial Communities that were birthed in Latin America over against the hierarchical church, with the Small Christian Communities that originated in Africa that were planned by the bishops themselves to bring the church closer to the people and their culture. This African model was promoted globally by the Lumko Pastoral Institute, and so became a vital part of the pastoral skill training conducted by Anselm Prior during some 15 annual courses at Nemi.

Keywords : Basic Ecclesial Communities; Small Christian Communities; Lumko Pastoral Institute; Nemi Renewal Course.

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