A retreatant recently told me a story about an experience he had in his youth. He worked as a camp counsellor at a summer camp.
Don MacDonald, OFM
About the author
For Don MacDonald, theology must be lived out in daily life, not just in academic circles. “A theology that cannot be prayed or cannot be lived is not Christian, or Catholic, or Franciscan. The rupture between theology, spirituality and pastoral ministry—which happened in the 16th or 17th century—was one of the most serious catastrophes in the Church’s history. The theology of Vatican II succeeded—at least to a large extent—in overcoming this separation.” A Franciscan friar since 1956, a Roman Catholic priest since 1960, and a Doctor of Theology since 1968, he dedicated his life to teaching and forming future friars, priests, and lay leaders in the Church. His contribution is recognized not only among Catholics. Out of gratitude for his work in ecumenism, the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton honored him by appointing him Honorary Canon. Writing from our friary in Edmonton, he shares with us how the theology of Vatican II continues to guide the Catholic Church in the 21st century.