Pastoral Ministry Formation

The Office of Lay Ministry Formation has joined the Dodge City Diocese in conjunction with Newman University in their formation program for Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Drawing on the U.S. Bishops’ document, Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, the program will focus on four poles of formation. 

Human
The Human qualities critical to form wholesome relationships and necessary to be apt instruments of God’s love and compassion. 

Spiritual
A spirituality and practice of prayer that root them in God’s Trinitarian life, grounding and animating all they do in ministry. 

Intellectual
Adequate knowledge in theological and pastoral studies, along with the intellectual skill to use it among the people they will serve. 

Pastoral
The practical pastoral abilities called for in their particular ministry. 

All courses are offered via ITV. Brochures are being sent out with the upcoming semester course offerings. See Documents below. Register online at www.dcdiocese.org/pastoral-ministry-formation or contact Coleen Stein, coordinator, at 620-227-1538 or cstein@dcdiocese.org, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City KS 67801. Courses are worth 3 college credits or 36 hours of personal enrichment.

Worship and Faith

Course Description: The Church’s Creeds evolved out of a doctrinal concern, but they were always more than doctrine; they were prayed by the Christian community.  The way the Church prayed by faith, primarily in the Eucharistic gathering, even contributed to the formation of the New Testament.  For every generation, the principal gateway into the faith is the way it worships.  Thus, worship must be regarded as one of the most vigorous and central elements of the Pastoral Ministry Formation curriculum.  This course will consider the relationship between liturgical prayer and religious imagination, focusing particularly on the meaning liturgy can have for contemporary Catholics, as well as present-day challenges.

Available for college credit or simply for personal enrichment

Offered in-person and via ZOOM

  • Instructor–  Fr. Frank Coady
  • Saturday mornings – 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Class Dates
    • Sept. 11, 18, 25
    • Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    • Nov 6

Prophets and the Prophetic Voice

Course Description:  Prophets and the Prophetic Voice bring these brave spokespersons of God, the Old Testament Prophets, to life. Their messages apply to us, for our modern times are as challenging as were ancient Israel’s, and we 21st century people are as in need of God’s truth as those thousands of years ago. The messages of the prophets are timely and fascinating, full of drama and truth.

Available for college credit or simply for personal enrichment

Offered in-person and via ZOOM

  • Instructor – Sr. Joan Wolf, O.P.
  • Wednesday evenings – 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Class Dates
    • Sept 15, 22, 29
    • Oct 6

THEO 3053 Sacramental Theology

(3 credit hours)

A study of the theological and spiritual underpinnings of the liturgy, with specific application to each sacrament. Most of the course will focus on the Eucharist.

*This course is one of the 3-hour courses that may be used to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry or Youth Ministry or the Diploma in Catechetical Ministry.

  • Saturday mornings – 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Class Dates – Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14
  • Location – Zoom

THEO 4881 Accompanying Youth and Young Adults on their Journey

(1 credit hour)

Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, young people are filled with questions. They want someone to walk with them in their questioning. This class shares paths of accompaniment. 

*This course is one of the 1-hour courses that may be used to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Youth Ministry or the Diploma in Catechetical Ministry. 

  • Four Wednesday evenings – 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
  • Class Dates – Aug. 26, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 
  • Location – zoom

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