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. 

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

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

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

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 or contact Coleen Stein, coordinator, at 620-227-1538 or, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City KS 67801. Courses are worth 3 college credits or 36 hours of personal enrichment.


THEO 3003 Christian Morality and Social Issues (3 hour college course)

A study of basic Christian beliefs about the origin, destiny and meaning of the human person, the nature of Christian life as the fundamental commitment to follow Christ, and the moral principles that flow from this. Students will explore the importance of genuine freedom in the Lord, the universal call to holiness, the dignity of the human person, charity, and social justice.

Saturday mornings – 8:15 to 12:00 noon Class Dates – Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 28, Nov. 4, 11

Location – This course is offered over Zoom. To be in a Zoom class, one will need a computer with a microphone and camera.

Cost: 3 hr. college course for credit – $150.00* 3 hr. college course for enrichment – $75.00*

Please add $5.00 for each course for postage and handling.
*Does not include textbook.

Most Rev. John B. Brungardt was ordained in 2011 as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. Bishop John received a B.A. in Physics from Benedictine College, an M.A. in Physics from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University. He received an
M. Div. and an M.A. in Moral Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum seminary.

THEO 4881 Amazed…by Liturgy-for Liturgy (1 hour college course)

“How do we continue to let ourselves be amazed at what happens in the celebration under our very eyes?” Pope Francis asks in his recent Apostolic Letter. He invites us not just to learn more about liturgy, especially the Eucharist, but learn more from the liturgy. He shares: What we say and do in liturgy means a great deal. What liturgy says and does to us means even more!

In response to his call to be formed for and by the Liturgy and to our US Bishops’ call to Eucharistic Revival, “Amazed” is a course that seeks to learn the language of symbol. Pope Francis, as well as Pope Benedict believe liturgy leads us into the mystery using symbolic actions and signs and that we can increase our capacity for becoming “capable of symbols” by employing the ancient practice of mystagogical reflection.

With the Holy Father’s letter, “I Have So Desired”, we will go on retreat with him, and dialogue with his prompts and cues that invite us to meet Jesus anew in the liturgy.

Throughout students will be encouraged to consider the Bishops’ invitation to fall more deeply in love with Jesus Christ, by reflecting on their participation in Sunday Eucharist using the mystagogical method of Pope Benedict XVI.

Particular attention will also be given to adoration of the exposed Blessed Sacrament with a method that seeks to allow the time of adoration to flow from the sacrifice of the Mass and to deepen the hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church.

Textbook: The Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis, On the Liturgical Formation of the People of God (Desiderio Desideravi), with commentary by Kevin W. Irwin.

Tuesday evenings – 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm Class Dates Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26

Location This course is offered over Zoom. To be in a Zoom class, one will need a computer with a microphone and camera.

1 hr. college course for credit – $50.00*
1 hr. college course for enrichment – $25.00* Please add $5.00 for each course for postage and handling.
*Does not include textbook.

Fr. Robert Schremmer is a Diocesan priest in
retirement. From 2001-2019, Fr. Bob served as Vicar General. He holds an MA Degree and MTh Degree from St. Thomas School of Theology, Denver, CO. Fr. Bob began teaching in the Pastoral Ministry Formation Program since its’ inception in 1998.

He has taught the core course, “Theology and Methods of Ministry”, seven times and a number of one-hour courses such as: Crash Course in Vatican II, 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Mysterious Mystagogia, The Hunger Games and the Good News, Equipping for Ministry at Mass, Navigating Charisms.

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