LINCOLN (SNR) – This September, the Diocese of Lincoln will begin the Benedict XVI School of Catechesis, a new program designed to help strengthen the intellectual and spiritual formation of Catholic adults.
The Benedict XVI School of Catechesis will offer a two-year program of formation, consisting of courses one Saturday per month throughout the school year. The first year will cover the four areas, or pillars, of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The second year will consist of Salvation History, Ecclesiology, Faith and Reason, and Church History. At the conclusion of two years, each student will have received 96 hours of catechetical formation.
“I am very excited about the new school of catechesis” said Bishop James Conley. “The New Evangelization depends upon the faithful going out, and bringing the light of Christ into the world. In order to do that better, we must constantly work to prepare ourselves to live out the Gospel mandate.”
There is room for 30 people in the initial cycle of the program. The courses will take place in Dawson Hall at the John XXIII Diocesan Center, 3700 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln. The cost will be $100 per semester (four total), which will cover the cost of instruction. Participants may sign up by following this direct link: https://lincolndiocese.regfox.com/benedict-xvi-diocesan-school-of-catechesis .
“It is so appropriate that a new education series will take place in a hall named for Msgr. Dawson,” Bishop Conley stated. “He has such an enduring legacy of education. I can’t think of a more suitable place.”
Father Andrew Heaslip, director of Religious Education, will be in charge of the curriculum.
“What a blessed opportunity this is for continued study of our faith,” Father Heaslip said. “We have a treasure only 30 years old in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We need to open it and discover this treasure and share it together. We have wonderful teachers lined up to share the good news. I’m very encouraged that this will be a launching point for deep conversion and discipleship.”
There will be a certificate of accomplishment after four semesters and a graduation Mass celebrated by Bishop Conley. Conley trusts this will send forth the new catechists.
“I am hopeful that those enrolling in the program will be able to be a constant source of life in our parish and school communities. Having well-trained lay faithful to assist pastors in their work will be a great benefit to us all.”