Article by Maria Timofeeva on the Holy Spirit Section,
The Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers,
Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia

The Holy Spirit Section was created about ten years ago in Academytown near Novosibirsk (Russia), when, in the middle of 90’s, Francis Kelly had visited Siberia. In the Novosibirsk State University he had the talk with Klementy Samochvalov, doctor of philosophy, and Maria Timofeeva, at that time the acting dean of the Philosophical Faculty. Both of them are Catholics by their denomination and are working in the Institute of Mathematics (Siberian Department of Russian Academy of Sciences). In 90’s many Catholic lecturers had been teaching at the Faculty of Philosophy.
The number of persons which take part in the Holy Spirit Section’s activities isn’t very large, not all of them are Catholics, but we genuinely try to reach better understanding of the deep problems connecting our faith and science. Most of us work in the Institute of Mathematics; some are teaching in Novosibirsk State University and in school.
The important line of our activities is making the translations. We are eager to endeavor the essential works to be published in Russian. Now we hope that Russian translation of the book “The Intellectual History of Psychology” (about 370 pages) written by Daniel N. Robinson, professor of psychology at Georgetown University, will soon be published by the Institute of Philosophy, Theology and History of St. Thomas in the series BIBLIOTHECA IGNATIANA. This very fundamental and profound book was translated in Russian by Maria Timofeeva (Klementy Samochvalov – one of the scientific editors). We take the opportunity for expressing our gratitude to Professor Daniel N. Robinson for his permission to publish this remarkable book in Russian.
Since 1999 Maria Timofeeva is teaching logic in Novosibirsk Catholic Seminary, a few years ago she also read the course “The History of Psychology” in Novosibirsk Catholic Centre “INIGO”.
Our group has rather broad area of interests; the meetings were devoted to the different kind of questions. For instance, those concerning the problem of existence, logical elaboration of the ontological argument, the problems of time and eternity, the foundations of mathematics and physics, etc. Several articles on those subjects are published in Russian editions. Among them there are the articles of Klementy Samochvalov: “The Existential Predicates and the Ontological Argument”, “Logic and the Relativity Principle”, “The Structure of Religious Experience”, “What does it mean to study time philosophically?” (the latter with joint authors). Our investigations of the problem of time were supported by the Russian Humanitarian Scientific Fund.  
Some articles also have given the subjects for our seminars. The circuit of meetings was devoted to the article named “Eternity” (by Norman Kretzman and Eleanor Stump). Among the ideas of different authors which we’ve discussed are the books of Stanley L. Jaki. Klementy Samochvalov “(during the work at the Faculty of Philosophy) had also discussed the works of Stanley L. Jaki at his seminars with the students.
The lines of our activities are encouraged by friendliness and sincerity underlying our communication. This kind of spiritual support is the very valuable gift allowing us to concentrate on our investigations.