Theology program introduces partnership, new courses

Jan 28, 2016

In the spring 2016 semester, The Newman University graduate program in Theology will begin a new partnership with the Office of Faith Formation for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

Joshua Papsdorf
Joshua Papsdorf

According to Joshua Papsdorf, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, four new courses in catechetics are being created, open to students enrolled in the program and those seeking instruction for their parish or school. Catechetics is the study of teaching, or handing on, the Deposit of Faith to others.

“Students who complete the sequence of courses will receive a solid grounding in the Church’s tradition of handing on the faith,” Papsdorf said.

Joshua Bitting

The first course in the new sequence, Catechesis for the New Evangelization, is currently being taught at Newman University by Director of the Office of Faith Formation Joshua Bitting. It will be followed by the other courses in the summer and fall semesters of 2016.

More information will be released in the next few months when the full-scale rollout of the program begins this summer. 

For more information, contact the Newman University Theology Department.

The Master of Theological Studies degree at Newman University is intended to deepen the theological understanding of diocesan catechists and teachers of religion, preparing students to explore and explain the Catholic theological tradition. The program includes 10 courses, eight weeks long each.

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