The Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization aims to serve the New Evangelization by developing and offering innovative programs in faith formation and catechesis. Course offerings are aimed at ordained ministers, parish pastoral assistants and volunteers, and the general public.
The Institute was founded in response to the call of Archbishop Richard Smith, who identified faith formation as a key priority for the Archdiocese of Edmonton. It also implements proposals of the XIII General Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. Among other things, the synod bishops called for good catechesis of adults and strong formation for catechists. They also asked all Catholic universities and theological faculties to consider the New Evangelization an integral dimension of their mission. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made the New Evangelization a central theme throughout his papacy, and so was a natural source for the name of the new institute.
The Benedict XVI Institute currently offers the following programs:
A comprehensive selection of courses on various aspects of the Catholic faith, all offered online, which can be taken individually for interest, or applied toward a specialized Certificate in Catholic Studies.
A four week program designed to strengthen the ministry of priests whose native culture is not Canadian. NTC also provides a Mentorship Module to train other priests with experience in various dioceses to assist new international priests with their transition to ministry in Canada and a Parish Intercultural Awareness Module to help educate parishes throughout Western Canada to support their international priests and understand the issues they face.
Noon-hour seminars designed to explore the treasures of the Catholic faith through reading foundational texts that have shaped Catholic Tradition – free of charge and open to all. Please see our website at www.newman.edu for more details.
“Directions in Aboriginal Ministry” is a conference co-sponsored by NTC and a course may also be taken for credit at NTC. It is held annually as part of the Western Canadian Bishops Building Bridges project.
Free noon-hour seminars “Medicine Wheel Teachings: Stories & Journeys from Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Communities”. Discussions are led by Aboriginal community leaders and Newman faculty members.
Vocatus is a series of breakfast gatherings for Catholic business leaders in the Edmonton Area. An initiative of the New Evangelization designed specifically to engage and promote the lay apostolate in the marketplace.