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Theology Student Meets Pope Francis



On the most recent MA/MTS program Rome trip, MTS student Angela Albright had a memorable experience as presented in the Catholic Advance.


Newman grad gets newlywed gift — Angie Albright and her husband, Brent, met Pope Francis at the end of his Wednesday audience, May 20, at the Vatican. Angie recently graduated from Newman University with a master of theology degree and was in Rome with other graduates of the program. She and her husband were able to sit in a special section and meet the pope because she wrote for and received “sposi noveli” tickets for newlyweds. Pope Francis asked them to pray for him. (Courtesy photo and text from Catholic Advance)


Ethics of Vaccines Discussion

Dr. Joshua Papsdorf of the Theology Department will be speaking on Feb. 27th at noon at the Spiritual Life Center on the ethical issues surrounding vaccines. The talk will be part of the "Brown Baggin' It with Jesus" with Lenten Series.

For more information, please visit the Spiritual Life Center online calendar.

Spiritual Life Center Lenten Series by Theology Alum

Dr. David Wall, an alum of the MTS program, will be presenting each Thursday in Lent on "Seven Sinners in Search of a Savior." The talks will focus on Jesus' encounters with various sinners as recounted in the Gospel of John. The talks begin at 7:00pm with the first scheduled for Feb. 19th. The program is free of charge. For more details, please visit the Spiritual Life Center website.

“Seven Saints for Seven Virtues” by Theology Alum

Jean Heimann, a recent alum of the MA in Theology program, had her book Seven Saints for Seven Virtues, published by Servant Books recently. In addition to wonderful reviews on, Heimann's book also received a glowing review on the National Catholic Register website.

You can follow Jean's work on her popular Catholic blog: Catholic Fire.

Alum Becomes Regular Crisis Contibutor

Several months ago we noted that Dusty Gates, an alum of the MA in Theology program, had an article published in Crisis, the Catholic magazine and website. Since then, Dusty has become a regular contributor with a dozen articles appearing on the Crisis website. If you want to take a look at Dusty's work, you can follow this link.

In addition to his writing, Dusty continues to serve as the Director of Adult Education at the Spiritual Life Center here in Wichita. Congratulations to Dusty on his continued success!

MTS Alum Begins Work as Missionary

(Picture via Catholic Advance)
(Picture via Catholic Advance)

Donovan Bailey, an alumnus of the Masters in Theological Studies program, has recently begun serving the Church, along with his family, as a lay missionary. After completing training in Mexico, the Baileys are now working in the Philippines through the Family Missions Company. The Catholic Advance recently profiled the Baileys, and you can follow their ministry on their blog:

Talk on “Catholic Vision of History” by MA in Theology Alum

Jackie Arnold, an alumna of the MA in Theology program, will be presenting a talk on "Reviving a Catholic Vision of History" on Saturday, June 21st, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The talk will draw on the work of noted Catholic historian Christopher Dawson, who was the subject of Arnold's masters thesis. For complete details and registration please visit the Spiritual Life Center website.

“Mockingjay” Article by MA in Theology Alum

Dusty-Gates-pic2Dusty Gates, an alumnus of the MA in Theology program, recently had an article published by the pastoral magazine, Homiletic & Pastoral Review. In the article, "The Holy Cross: A Real Life "Mockingjay" for Catholics," Gates makes connections between the popular Hunger Games trilogy and the Catholic faith. In his position as Director of Adult Education at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, KS, Gates has taught classes on the Hunger Games books and a range of other current issues.