In a follow-up to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin (see the June 9 post below), The Irish Times, Ireland’s daily newspaper, gave special attention to the forgiveness workshop conducted by Dr. Robert Enright, founder of the International Forgiveness Institute. Of the more than 160 workshops held during the Congress, Dr. Enright’s session was singled out by The Irish Times reporter who wrote:
There was a bewildering array of topics on offer, everything from reaching lapsed Catholics to justice for the developing world. It is unfair to pick just one, but I was really moved by Dr Robert Enright’s talk. Based at the University of Wisconsin, he is the acknowledged pioneer in the scientific study of forgiveness.
One of his fascinating pieces of research concerns heart attack survivors. Practising forgiveness enhanced their cardiovascular function.
He has also worked with survivors of incest and chronic pain sufferers. His talk cannot be summarised, but take a look at www.internationalforgiveness.com.
Richard Moore, blinded by a rubber bullet, provided a living example of forgiveness in his testimony in the arena.
Dr. Robert Enright, founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, is one of the featured speakers at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) being held in Dublin, Ireland, from June 10-17.
A Eucharistic Congress is an international gathering of people which aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church, to help improve understanding and celebration of the liturgy, and to draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. Read more about the IEC.
In his session at the IEC on June 14, Dr. Enright will share a pathway to forgiveness that can help reduce anger and sadness and increase happiness despite injustices suffered in the world. This is the second consecutive year that Dr. Enright has been invited to present at the IEC. Read a description of Dr. Enright’s presentation.
Together with Prof. Geraldine Smyth, OP, (Irish School of Ecumenics, Dublin) Dr. Enright also presented “Becoming Eucharist for One Another through Forgiving” on June 7th during the Theology Symposium held at the Pontifical University of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland. The Symposium, held the week prior to the Eucharistic Congress, features scholars from across the disciplines of theology (scripture, systematics, moral theology, liturgy, pastoral studies, missiology, and ecumenics). Read more about the Symposium.
“We believe that forgiveness is a choice,” Dr. Robert Enright is quoted in the June 7 issue of the Madison Catholic Herald. “If you have been deeply hurt by another, you can choose to forgive rather than hold on to debilitating anger and resentment. In doing so, an amazing transformation begins.”
The founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, Dr. Enright, further explains, “When you forgive, you may benefit the person you forgive. But you benefit yourself far more. By liberating yourself from pain and sorrow, you can reclaim your life and find the peace that your anger had stolen.”
According to the article, Dr. Enright believes his new book, The Forgiving Life: A Pathway to Overcoming Resentment and Creating a Legacy of Love, is the “best work I’ve ever done.”
He is also beginning work on another book, The Church as Forgiving Community, to be published by Our Sunday Visitor. Cardinal Raymond Burke (Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome who previously served as Archbishop of St. Louis, MO, and Bishop of La Crosse, WI) will be writing a chapter for this book, as will Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, WI, and Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, CA.
Dr. Robert Enright, founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, was honored recently with the 2012 Cecil Findley Distinguished Service Award. The award is in honor of Cecil Findley, a retired United Methodist pastor and Campus Minister Emeritus at The Crossing (formerly Madison Campus Ministry) in Madison, WI, who passed away in 2010. Rev. Findley’s ministry was marked by his passion for social justice, peacemaking, interfaith dialogues, and the prophetic teachings of Jesus.
The award was presented by Rev. Douglas Pierce, Executive Director of The Crossing, on April 13 at the ministry’s Spring Gala. In his remarks during the presentation of the 2012 Cecil Findley Distinguished Service Award, Rev. Douglas Pierce said,
Our honoree tonight (Dr. Robert Enright) is: a clinical psychologist, a sought-after speaker, and a popular Graduate Student Advisor.
And if that’s not enough, tonight’s honoree is also an accomplished author with over 100 publications and 5 books to his credit. His work has been featured in a major documentary film (The Power of Forgiveness) and in a variety of news outlets.
As a matter of fact, our recipient is often referred to as “the father of forgiveness education” because of his 25 year academic commitment to researching and implementing forgiveness programs.