4:30 – 5:45 pm Accreditation
6:00 pm Opening ceremony

6:30 pm Power as service: a biblical-evangelical and theological fact
                 Sr. Senior Lecturer Silvana Fužinato, PhD, biblicist
                Theological Faculty of Đakovo, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (Croatia)

7:00 pm Power as service: a reality to be lived in our present structures in the Church
                S.E.R. Marek Forgáč (auxiliary bishop in Košice), theologian, psychologist (Slovakia)

7:45 pm Welcoming reception


9:00 am The vulnerability within us and others – risk, gift and challenge for our service
                Prof. Stefano Guarinelli, PhD, theologian, psychologist, psychotherapist
                Theological Faculty of Northern Italy (Italy)
                Escuela de Formadores of Salamanca (Spain)

9:30 am Guided personal reflection

10:00 am Common prayer based on lecture and reflection about vulnerability

10:30 am Break

11:00 am Importance of the issue of vulnerability for initial and ongoing formation (workshop)

11:45 am Meeting in 4 groups – feed-back from workshops

12:30 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Abuse of power – an introduction

2:30 pm Intersession of simultaneous lectures in 6 groups:

1. Women in the church and the abuse of power 
Sr. Anneliese Herzig, PhD, theologian (Austria)

2. Crossing professional boundaries as an abuse of power
Prof. Stefano Lassi, psychiatrist and psychotherapist
Theological Faculty of Central Italy (Italy)
Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, psychologist, psychotherapist
Director of the Child Protection Center of Zagreb (Croatia)

3. Clericalism as a risk of abuse of power
Boris Vidović, PhD, theologian, psychologist, psychotherapist
Theological Faculty of Split, University of Split (Croatia)

4. Types of personalities, development and reinforcement mechanisms in the Church’s educational system
Sanda Smoljo, PhD, theologian, psychologist
Theological Faculty of Sarajevo, University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

5. Criteria for defining types of personalities most associated with the possibility of getting promoted and occupying the positions of power within the Church and the inherent risks of an abuse of power
Prof. Hans Zollner, PhD, SJ. theologian, psychologist, psychotherapist
Institute of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Centre for Child Protection, Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (Italy)

6. Obedience of religious and priests between authoritarianism and arbitrariness
Sr. Teodora Shulak, PhD, theologian, psychologist, psychotherapist (Ukraine)

3:30 pm Break

4:00 pm Sharing of experiences/results in groups for practical application to initial and ongoing formation

5:00 pm Common final prayer


9:00 am Prayer with a reflection on the joy of vocation and service

9:45 am Requirements for a joyful service and positive realization of power
                Prof. Ante Vučković, PhD, OFM, theologian, philosopher
                Theological Faculty of Split, University of Split (Croatia)

10:30 am Break

11:00 am Workshops of members of similar professions on how to serve joyfully

12:30 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Reports from the workshops of various professions

3:00 pm Reflection on the Conference

3:15 pm Concluding prayer

4:00 pm Press conference

5:00 pm Guided sightseeing tour of Zagreb

8:00 pm Formal dinner with a cultural programme


10:00 am Eucharist at the Zagreb Cathedral








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Scientific & Organizing Committee

Professor Hans Zollner, SJ, The Director of Institute of Psychology  at the Pontifical Gregorian University, President of Centre for Child Protection

Professor Željko Tanjić, Rector of Catholic University of Croatia

Professor Stefano Lassi, Psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Theological Faculty of Central Italy, Florence

S. Karolin Kuhn, PhD, Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University

Josip Bošnjaković, PhD, Catholic University of Croatia, Theological Faculty  of Đakovo, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek 

Suzana Obrovac Lipar, Head of PR Office, Catholic University of Croatia

Ivana Kelava, Assistant in the PR Office, Catholic University of Croatia


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