Berube: Some fruits have come out of the first-year seminary desert

This year has been a year of abundant blessing for me – from many directions where I expected growth should come, but also through many surprises.

Perhaps one of my biggest realizations this year is how much I have yet to grow. I can see how it takes nine years for a man to be formed into a pastor of souls and minister in the Person of Christ, and even then how he has to realize he is not really worthy, but has to continue relying on Christ for worthiness.

Marc Berube

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Phillips: Catholic Studies program is like being in intellectual purgatory, and that’s a good thing

Being in the new Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Studies program at Newman Theological College is a bit like the second part of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy: Purgatory.

This might seem like a negative statement, but it is actually not. Let me explain myself by first sharing both some of the joys and frustrations I have experienced this past year.

Firstly, the main joy I find in the program is how each course seems to be intertwined with the others. Perhaps this is coincidence (or rather Providence), but when one course is speaking of a subject, one or more of the other courses are often touching upon the same subject, only approaching it from a different angle.

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Pope institutes ministry of catechist praising role in community

Calling for formal recognition of “those lay men and women who feel called by virtue of their baptism to cooperate in the work of catechesis,” Pope Francis has instituted the “ministry of catechist.”

“The Spirit is calling men and women to set out and encounter all those who are waiting to discover the beauty, goodness and truth of the Christian faith,” the pope wrote in Antiquum Ministerium (Ancient Ministry), his document released at the Vatican May 11.

In addition to releasing texts of the document in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish, the Vatican distributed a video of the text translated into Italian sign language.

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