Pontificia Universidad Javeriana ; Bogota, Colombia S.A.


Bogota, Paris, 7st May 2016


Dear Colleagues,


We are pleased to invite you, in the name of CICT-COCTI, to the 14th General Assembly, which will be held in Bogota, Colombia S.A., at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Bogota, Colombia. S.A., St. Ignatius Hall - Central Building - 7th floor.

The Assembly is organised by Pontificia Universidad Javeriana’s Faculty of Theology and will take place between:

Thursday, 22 th September 2016 (Morning) to

Saturday, 24th September 2016 (evening)

Every two years, the General Assembly offers a unique opportunity for Deans and Directors of Catholic Institutions, which are engaged in Higher Education and in research in the field of theological studies, to meet and discuss matters that are related to their academic leadership.

This General Assembly is open to the representatives of all CICT-COCTI members and associates, as well as to the heads of any other theological institution that shares the objectives of CICT-COCTI.

Your presence and participation will be highly appreciated.

Rev. Prof. Hermann Rodriguez Osorio, S.J.                        Rev. Prof. Thierry-Marie Courau, O.P.

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana                              President of CICT-COCTI


I.               Welcome

II.             Objectives

III.           Information

IV.           Registration Form and Fees Payment

V.             Grants

VI.           Correspondence

VII.         International Congress before the GA



Welcome! The Faculty of Theology at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Bogota, Colombia. S.A., extends to you a warm and cordial welcome! The main campus is open and the weather will be pleasant in September; comfortable temperatures are expected (Between 10º and 19º Celsius).


The Conference of Catholic Theological Institutions (CICT-COCTI), founded in 1978 in Porto Allegre, was restructured as a Sectorial Group of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC-IFCU) in Paris, in January 2008 with more than 60 institutions from all continents being represented.

The objective of this 14th General Assembly is to give a unique opportunity to deans and directors of Institutions of Catholic Theology to meet and create, together, strategies for their academic leadership and to face challenges posed by the Latin American context.

The 14th General Assembly is organised in three parts:

1/ Discussions

a)    The theme of the meeting will focus on new generations.

At the General Assembly in Nairobi (November 2014), we have agreed to carry out a project -around training in theology new generations- unfolding over four years. This topic is structured in two General Assemblies prepared by Regional assemblies.

- General Assembly in Bogota, the 22 to 24 September 2016

It will endeavor to know this new generation. It will use the IFCU particular survey and the Aparecida document that presents youth culture.

- General Assembly in Quebec in 2018

It will consider the impact on the theological training of teachers (method and form) of this cultural novelty that new generation represents , including the fact that she lives in a digital culture.

b)    We could also react on:

- what we have just received in the International Congress (see number VII);

- the way that different faculties are receiving and integrating the teachings of Pope Francis. It would be interesting to received information about the way we are reacting in different continents and countries;

- a general information about the Congress of ICP in june 2016.


2/ CICT-COCTI network:

a)     How to promote the sharing of resources, mutual contributions in research projects, ways to enhance collaboration between institutions, and enhancing the network?

b)    How to ameliorate our organisation?

You are invited to prepare proposals to be discussed during the Assembly.


3/ Report of the president, election of the Administrative Council

Only members[i] who have paid their fees can take part in the voting for the election of the Administrative Council. Associates have a right to vote on the report. The statutes can be found on the CICT-COCTI website: http://cict-cocti.org


·      Info – 2015/16 Regional Assemblies

Two Regional Assemblies have been held since the last General Assembly in 2014:

a)     Santiago de Chile (Chile) for South America (October 2015)

b)    Lviv (Ukrainia) for Europe (March 2016)




Duration of General Assembly: The registration will begin at 9 a.m. on 22th September 2016.

The Registration Fee is free.

The transportation (airport-to-campus-Hotel-airport) is assumed by each. The Hotel offers this service (Airport-Hotel-Airport) for U$30 approximately. Ask for this service when you make your reservation

The visit to cultural centre and administrative charges are assumed by the host University.

Accommodation: Each one can make his own reservation on the Viaggio – Urbano Hotel near the campus. You can walk 10 minutes to the campus from the hotel. There are enough places for our guests in this hotel. Anyway, if you want to use another hotel, just inform us.


You can conatct directly, Jennifer Gordillo, Comercial Manager of the Viaggio Urbano Hotel: comercial1@viaggio.com.co

The Accommodation Fee is around USD 70 (seventy US Dollars per day), including all meals, i.e., breakfast, lunch and supper.

Please, when you make your reservation, be sure to inform to the Viaggio Urbano Hotel that you come with the ‘Universidad Javeriana’ for our COCTI Assembly. They will apply some discounts.

You can pay your accommodation and transport fees trough the web page of the Viaggio Urbano Hotel. The Viaggio Urbano Hotel will inform us of your reservation.

Visa: Depending on your nationality.

Health: no specific indications.

Currency exchange: 1 USD = 2.800 Colombian pesos

Internet: Wi-fi service will be available free of charge on Campus and at the place of accommodation.

Don’t forget: Please carry small umbrella, adaptor for plug, and some warm clothes.



See the separate attached file entitled “14GA.Registration.Form.English”

·      After downloading the Registration Form, save the Form (by changing the y name and date) as: 14GA.Registration.YOUR FAMILY NAME. 2016.mm.dd (mm=month and dd=day, of sending registration), and send the filled out registration form to



and copy to







We are looking for some grants of 500 to 1000 euros. They are reserved for institutions that are CICT-COCTI members and are located in a developing country. Institutions that apply for a grant must mention it in their abstract and/or inscription. The President and Executive Committee will do awards of grants on the basis of the abstract and to ensure reasonable representation of regions. Those who apply for a grant will be informed in advance whether the grant has been awarded or not. The grants will be given during the General Assembly.




All correspondence is to be made by e-mail. It is better for the Javeriana administration to have correspondence in Spanish or English.


Attached files should be in Word 97.2004 (Apple)/ 2007 (Windows) format.


The Registration Form and E-mail indicating details of payment made, and all other correspondence should both be sent to the following e-mail address:




and copy to




If you have any questions or need any clarifications or help, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We want you to feel welcome and at home.


VII. International Congress of Theology before the 14TH GA


See the attached document for general Schedule of the International Congress preceding the CICT-COCTI GA, on Pope Francis’ Interpellations to Theology Today


Place: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Bogota, Colombia. S.A.


Dates: Sunday 18th to Wednesday 21st of September 2016


Every day:


One principal lecture, three thematic panels in the morning on three issues, with participation of three panelists and a moderator.


Six thematic panels during the afternoon on these three issues, with the participation of a coordinator. The presentations must be sent to the Congress Academic Committee, for evaluation and selection.


Monday, September 19th: Experience – Vatican II

Bible (Dei Verbum), Church (Lumen Gentium) and Society (Gaudium et Spes).


Tuesday, September 20th: Reflection - Pope Francisco’s Teachings

Mission (Evangelii Gaudium) Ecotheology (Laudato Si') and Mercy (Misericordiae Vultus)


Wednesday, September 21st: Action - Challenges to theology today

"Laity", "Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue" and "Consecrated Life".


Inscriptions before the 31st of July: USD 75 (Seventy Five american dollars)


Inscriptions after the 1st of august: USD 100 (One hundred american dollars)


Student fee: USD 50 (Fifty american dollars)



Hotel Accommodation


The accommodation from 18th to 21st of September is offered also in the same Viaggio Urbano Hotel for those coming to the International Congress.




[i] Membership is institutional.

a)     It is open to faculties, departments, schools, colleges, academies of theology that are in any manner recognized as Catholic institutions by the Church.

b)      It can be under two categories: members and associates.

Members belong to IFCU institutions of theology and religious sciences that both offer and regularly confer advanced academic degrees (at least a licentiate or a master of divinity degree or equivalent) or foster research in theology and Christian studies at an advanced level.

Associates belong to the above-mentioned institutions that are not IFCU-affiliated.

Adherent institutions are represented by:

a)     The chief officer of the faculty of theology/religious studies legally appointed.

b)     Another member of the faculty designated by the chief officer.