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Professor of Pastoral Theology

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Seton Hall University
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South Orange , New Jersey 07079
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  • Ph.D. , Theology
    Fordham University
  • M.A. , Religious Education
    Fordham University
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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.
Lecture series: Speaker is Dr. Zeni ..., 12 Sept 2002 [cached]
Lecture series: Speaker is Dr. Zeni Fox
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Dr. Zeni Fox
MADISON -- Dr. Zeni Fox, associate professor of pastoral theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary located at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, will deliver the next address in the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison.
Fox is an advisor to the U.S. Bishop's Subcommittee on Lay Ministry. Her books, New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professional Serving the Church and Forging a Ministerial Identity, have become valuable resources for those in ministry. She holds a Ph.D in theology from Fordham University in New York.
Welcome to, 16 Feb 2002 [cached]
Zeni Fox, Ph.D., director of lay ministry and associate professor at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall, N.J., will address such questions as: Does the contemporary church have a vision for the Catholic laity to transform today's world?In light of Vatican II, how do we become better disciples?Is there a definitive way to follow Jesus Christ, or are there many paths?
The teleconference is the fourth of five.The sixth, "Scripture as the Foundation of Christian Ethics," will be offered March 16.
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