The Pastoral Ministry Formation Program of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, in cooperation with Newman University and the Diocese of Salina, will present two classes open to anyone with a desire to learn more about the Catholic faith.
The two classes, which offer college credit, or can be taken for personal enrichment, are: THEO 4881 Church History, and THEO 4023 Theology and Methods of Ministry. They are presented through the diocese’s interactive television (ITV) service at sites throughout the Dodge City and Salina dioceses.
ITV sites in southwest Kansas are located in Great Bend, as well as Dodge City, Garden City, Liberal, Pratt, Ness City, Sharon, Syracuse and Ulysses.
“Church History” will be presented on Sundays from 3-6 p.m. on Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 26. Although there are 2,000 years to the church’s history, there are a number of significant moments/periods which figure largely and which help students understand what truly characterizes Christianity and Catholicism. This course will identify those moments and relate them not only to their own time but to the present situation. The cost for the single credit hour course is $50, or $25 without college credit. The price does not include books.
Course instructor is Father Kerry Ninemire, Vicar General of the Salina Diocese, and Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Junction City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College, St. Mary, Ky., and a Master of Divinity Degree from Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. Father Kerry has previously taught the Church History course for the Salina Diaconate program and Church History, and The Parables and The Old Testament for other Salina Diocese Lay Ministry Formation programs.
“Theology and Methods of Ministry” will be presented on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8 and 15. This course offers a foundational theology of ministry rooted in baptism. Particular focus will be given to the role of the laity in ministry and various types of ministry will be explored. This course provides experience and formation to enable the student to learn a variety of ministerial skills. The cost for the three credit hour course is $150, or $75 without college credit. Price does not include books.
Course instructor is Father Robert Schremmer, Vicar General of the Diocese of Dodge City, Pastor of St. Andrew, Wright and Sacramental Minister for St. Joseph, Greensburg. He holds a Master of Arts Degree and Master of Theology Degree from St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, Colo. Father Bob has previously taught the core course, Theology and Methods of Ministry, four semesters and has recently taught The Hunger Games and the Good News and Crash Course in Vatican Council II.
For more information or to register, contact Coleen Stein, coordinator, 620-227-1538, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit dcdiocese.org/pastoral-ministry-formation.