New Graduate Program Promotes Lay Evangelism

Source: National Catholic Register

As part of retooling its curriculum to face present challenges and meet current social needs, the Augustine Institute Graduate School has renamed its Master of Arts in Leadership for the New Evangelization to the M.A. in Pastoral Theology, effective Fall 2022.

Founded in 2005, the mission of the Augustine Institute is to equip “Catholics intellectually, spiritually, and pastorally to renew the Church and transform the world for Christ.” Through its retooled Master’s program students will learn how to aid men and women currently working in ministry.

According to Lucas Pollice, Director of the Pastoral Theology Program, “The biggest strength of this program is its holistic formation. We really prepare people for lay leadership in the Church because of the holistic, well-rounded formation, not only in deep theology and spiritual formation, but in other skills that are critical.”

Pollice, a veteran educator with more than 25 years of ministry experience, said the program is anchored around four pillars: theological formation; spiritual formation; pastoral, evangelistic and catechetical formation; and Human Formation.

The program consists of six core theology courses, such as “Salvation History,” “Jesus in the Gospels,” “Mystagogy” and “The Creed” paired with supplemental courses geared toward equipping students with practical skills necessary for lay leadership, he said. 

“These days we really need a well-informed and sophisticated and articulate laity as leaders in the Church. It’s not easy,” Pollice said.

Additionally, this year’s program will offer both an on-campus and virtual option allowing the Graduate School to reach a larger audience.

“While we have a fantastic on-campus program here in Denver, there’s a lot of people out there in the Church and full-time ministry already, and we don’t want them to quit their full-time ministry and move to Denver for two years,” Pollice said. “This degree program and the formation we provide is really for people who are either preparing for or are already in full-time ministry.”

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Source: National Catholic Register