The Certificate in Catholic Evangelization offers students the expertise of such accomplished professors as author Allan Wright.
"I want the Church to go out to the streets! …The parishes, the schools, the institutions are made for going out." – Pope Francis
With the Holy Father's words in mind, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology continues to collaborate with St. Paul Inside the Walls Catholic Center for Evangelization, offering a graduate Certificate in Catholic Evangelization. Accepting applications for its 2017-2020 cohort, the program seeks to transform Catholics into effective evangelists, equipping them to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to their homes, parishes and local communities.
"The program is rich and insightful, opening my eyes and heart to a deeper faith," says Julie Whelan, a student in the program. "I'm learning from an excellent faculty and wonderful fellow students who offer a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds. The whole program is truly inspiring."
The collaboration between the School of Theology and St. Paul Inside the Walls allows for either non-credit or credit bearing options. Six courses (18 graduate credits) vary in scope and focus on such topics as "Prayer, Discipleship and Community," "Biblical Call Narratives," and "The Parables of Jesus." Classes meet at St. Paul Inside the Walls in Madison, New Jersey, on Tuesday evenings, with four Saturday sessions per year.
Should students decide to continue beyond the certificate, all 18 credits may be applied toward a Master of Arts in Theology or a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.
The program plays an important role in the New Evangelization, which, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, calls all Catholics to "re-propose" the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith, while renewing their own relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Pope John Paul II was the first to urge Catholics to partake in this movement, and both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have followed in his footsteps.
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