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Professor of Pastoral Theology

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Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange , New Jersey 07079
United States

Company Description: For nearly 150 years, Seton Hall University has been a crucible for leadership, developing the whole student, mind, heart and spirit. Seton Hall combines the...   more

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  • Ph.D. , Theology
    Fordham University
  • M.A. , Religious Education
    Fordham University
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Zeni Fox (NCR photo/Toni-Ann ..., 4 Nov 2013 [cached]
Zeni Fox (NCR photo/Toni-Ann Ortiz)
Zeni Fox, professor of theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., is cautious of defining women only by the role of mother.
"I think that motherhood does need to receive due praise," Fox said to NCR. "But I think it's only a portion of what we as women do and especially the fact there are many women who have never been married and have no children, it's only a part of womanhood. Fox is a member of the NCR board of directors.
Agreeing that significant changes are going to take time, Fox said, "We need to build slowly and not lose heart."
Presenters | Stella Maris Retreat Center, 19 June 2013 [cached]
Zeni Fox, Ph.D.
Zeni Fox, Professor of Pastoral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, has long listened to the stories of lay ecclesial ministers and accounts of the challenges they face. They have shaped her research, writing and teaching. She is the author of New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church(2002), co-editor of Called and Chosen: Toward a Spirituality for Lay Leaders (2005) and Lay Ecclesial Ministry: Pathways Toward the Future (2010) and numerous articles. For more than ten years she served as an advisor to the committee of the Bishops' Conference which developed Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord.
Zeni Fox, chairwoman of ..., 5 June 2007 [cached]
Zeni Fox, chairwoman of pastoral theology at Seton Hall University and a leading author on lay ministry, said research shows parishes tend to operate like a family business, with a "relationally oriented pattern of hiring and working."In one study "almost 82 percent of pastors said they recruited from among people they knew," she said.
She said one notable development in the last 15 years has been the extensive work of several national lay ministry organizations to develop competency-based standards for their constituents, making "the language of standards part of common parlance in these circles."
Explosions and explosives... - ML 03/03, 9 Mar 2003 [cached]
On the forefront of these considerations is Zeni Fox, associate professor at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.She is the author of New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church, and numerous articles on religious education, lay ministry and leadership in ministry.In a companion piece to O'Brien's recent article in Listening ("Recognizing, Naming, Developing and Fostering a Spirituality for Lay Ecclesial Ministers"), Fox points to the 1999 Subcommittee on Lay Ministry of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops which issued a report entitled Lay Ecclesial Ministry: The State of the Questions.The report makes clear, she writes, "that there are ambiguities about how these laity [in ministry] should be understood in relation to laity in general, and how they should be incorporated into the relational (especially with the bishop) and organizational structure of the diocese, and questions about what formation is appropriate for them.This newness, these ambiguities, these unresolved questions are part of the context for exploring the question of their spirituality for ministry."
Fox concludes that because lay ecclesial ministry is a new development in the life of the church, the task of recognizing, naming, developing and fostering a spirituality for their ministry is also new.She suggests that "the process of drawing on the tradition of the Church and attending to the realities of the lives of these ministers has already borne fruit in the faithfulness and fruitfulness of their ministry.Certainly, this work will continue."
Why no rite of public acceptance or installation for these ministers?
Here is an article waiting to be written, a study waiting to be undertaken, a concern not yet well articulated, an idea whose implications are not yet fully understood.
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Doctor Zeni Fox, Ph.D.Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin -- News Release: Biography of Doctor Zeni Fox, Ph.D.
Biography of Doctor Zeni Fox, Ph.D.
Doctor Zeni Fox, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Lay Ministry and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University.She holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University and is experienced in both parish and diocesan work, with more than twenty years of graduate teaching.She is also Advisor to the Bishop's Committee on Laity and the sub-committee on Ecclesial Lay Ministry.She is the author of "New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church."
Doctor Fox will present her keynote address on the Role of the Laity in the Modern Church on October 17, 2002.
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