January 25, 2014
Newman Theological College launches Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization
Newman Theological College is pleased to announce the establishment of a new institute that aims to serve the New Evangelization by developing and offering innovative programs in faith formation and catechesis.
"The Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization is intended to meet the real needs of the Catholic Church in Canada today", College President Dr. Jason West said in announcing the initiative. Course offerings will be aimed at ordained ministers, religious, and lay people, at a variety of levels. “The institute will ensure that the Gospel is presented anew to the various segments of society in Edmonton and throughout Western Canada.”
Blessed Pope John Paul II first called for a “new evangelization” some 30 years ago, and encouraged renewed efforts in proclaiming the Gospel to all who seek the truth. This “new evangelization” would be “new in its ardour, method, and expression.” 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. In his vision of the New Evangelization, Benedict XVI encouraged a particular outreach to baptized Christians who have heard about Christ, but for whom the Christian faith has lost its personal meaning and transformative power.
The Benedict XVI Institute is in part a response to the call of Archbishop Richard Smith, who identified faith formation as a key priority for the Archdiocese of Edmonton in his Pastoral Letters of September 2011 and September 2012. It also implements proposals of the XIII General Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith, held in Rome in October 2012. 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.
“Essential to the new evangelization is the witness of those who have been formed in the beauty of the Gospel and shaped by its transformative power", said Archbishop Smith. “I am very excited by the possibilities that this new institute will offer to those who seek to grow in their relationship with Christ and serve the evangelical mission of the Church."
The Benedict XVI Institute currently offers the following programs:
Online Faith Formation
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.
Enculturation Program for International Priests in Western Canada
Designed to strengthen the ministry of priests whose native culture is not Canadian.
“Treasures of the Faith" Seminar Series
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.
Include a noon-hour seminar series “Medicine Wheel Teachings - Stories and Journeys from Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Communities.”
The Institute and the directors of its programs are responsible to the President of Newman Theological College. Dr. West said he looks forward to seeing the Institute grow in its offerings to the Catholic community locally and across Canada.
“The Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization will ensure that the need to be authentic disciples of Christ and to bring the message and example of our faith to those on the peripheries of the Church and society remains an integral part of our mission.”
For more information on the Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization, visit www.newman.edu.
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Newman Theological College
October 19, 2013
NTC honours Msgr. Frank Patsula and Dr. Gwen Miller as Professors Emeriti
Edmonton – Newman Theological College has honoured the distinguished service of two retired professors by conferring on them the title “Professor Emeritus.”
The new Professors Emeriti are Msgr. Frank Patsula, one of the founders of the College and a canon law professor for 43 years; and Dr. Gwen Miller, who was much beloved by students for her broad range of intellectual interests and her commitment to interdisciplinary studies. The honours were presented by Chancellor Kevin Feehan and President Dr. Jason West on Saturday at Convocation 2013.
Msgr. Francis (Frank) Patsula, who was ordained a priest in 1955, is renowned as a canonist and a compassionate counsellor. He served as judicial vicar of the Alberta Marriage Tribunal for more than 20 years, and served several terms as an executive member of the Canadian Canon Law Society. In 2009 Msgr. Patsula received the Society’s highest honour, the Jean Thorn Award of Merit, in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the field. In 1985, he was named Prelate of Honour by Pope John Paul II.
In addition to his teaching and tribunal responsibilities, Msgr. Patsula served as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Sherwood Park for 23 years. He is much appreciated by his fellow priests for his willingness to help out with weekend ministry, especially in Sherwood Park and later at Good Shepherd in Edmonton.
Dr. Gwen Miller began her long association with Newman Theological College as a student, completing Bachelor’s degrees in Religious Education and Theology and a Master of Theology at the College before earning her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at the Claremont Graduate School.
After teaching in Edmonton Catholic Schools and Sherwood Park Catholic Schools, Dr. Miller worked as a counsellor at the Redemptorist Centre for Growth, and as a consultant, workshop facilitator and speaker throughout Alberta. She began teaching at Newman in 1987, covering a remarkably wide range of courses, from Aesthetics to Ethics, from Women in the Church to Religious Education.
Jason West, President and Academic Dean of Newman Theological College, paid tribute to both honourees for their unfailing commitment to the College.
“It is largely thanks to your contributions to Newman Theological College, and your service to Christ, your students and your community, that we have such a rich history on which to continue building a strong future.”
For more information contact: Michelle Maxwell, Executive Assistant to the President, 780.392.2455
August 27, 2013
Newman Theological College announces 2013 recipient of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award - Mary Molloy
Edmonton – A woman described as a loyal friend, dedicated CWL member and tireless volunteer in Edmonton’s Catholic community is being honoured by Newman Theological College.
Mary Molloy was named August 15th as this year’s recipient of the 2013 Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award. The award, named for the first layperson to serve as president of the college, recognizes individuals whose outstanding Christian leadership reflects the values of the college and the qualities that Carr cherished and exhibited in his work as president.
An active member of St. Joseph’s Basilica Parish, Mary has served on the Liturgy Committee and helped organize many major liturgical events at the Basilica, including the annual Chrism Mass, the 75th Anniversary Masses for the province and the Archdiocese, and the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1984. She is currently working on the Basilica’s 50th Anniversary Committee.
Her leadership roles have included chairing the Sign of Hope Campaign in 2001 and co-chairing the Cornerstone of Faith Campaign in 2008-09. She has also served for six years on the Board of Governors for St Joseph's College at the University of Alberta.
Mary has great affection for the Catholic Women’s League and has shared her gifts there in many capacities over the years. She has served recently as president of the St. Joseph’s Basilica CWL, resolutions chair for the Edmonton Diocesan CWL, and on the organizing committees for the Alberta Mackenzie Centennial Gala and the CWL National Convention.
Susan Casey, a CWL sister and one of the nominators for this year’s winner, calls Mary a true leader who inspires and encourages others. She noted that Mary volunteered to take responsibility for the Catholic Girl's League at the Jean Forest Leadership Academy in Edmonton, encouraging girls in Grades 7 to 9 in spiritual development, leadership, and social justice.
“As with everything else Mary does, she approached this responsibility with gusto and fervour and has accomplished so much with these girls,” wrote Susan. “It is truly amazing to see how she inspires them to achieve their goals and makes it fun at the same time.”
Father Mike McCaffery, who has worked with Mary on numerous projects, noted that she was always willing to lend a hand or share her wisdom to ensure the annual Friar's Ball was a success. She also worked on the Franciscans’ 100th Anniversary Gala.
“Mary, in her own unique quiet way, had that gifted leadership skill to make others want to follow and be involved,” Father Mike wrote in his nomination.
Father Don MacDonald OFM, who has known Mary for 40 years, marvels at her “willingness to offer her services in so many areas of the Church's life. I can think of no one more worthy of this award.”
Mary managed to share her gifts as a volunteer while working for 30 years in intergovernmental affairs, protocol and stakeholder engagement for the City of Edmonton and then for a major utility company. She now works part time as an advisor for Poirier & Associates, as an independent insurance broker.
Mary Molloy will be honoured at the 10th Annual Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award Luncheon on Tuesday, October 15 at the Edmonton Petroleum Club at 11:30 am. For ticket information please contact Lorraine Kasha at 780.392.2450.
Previous Award Recipients:
2012 – Kae Neufeld
2011 – Rosanna Saccomani, Q.C.
2010 – Ben Hochhausen
2009 – Sr. Annata Brockman
2008 – Don Zinyk
2007 – Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.
2006 – Tim Spelliscy
2005 – Ernest Chauvet
2004 – Hon. Jean Forest
For more information contact:
Newman Theological College
April 9, 2013
New Certificate in Catholic Studies Program (C.C.S.)
Edmonton - Newman Theological College is pleased to announce the launch of its expanded online Certificate in Catholic Studies beginning May 1st, 2013.
The program offers a comprehensive selection of online courses on various aspects of the Catholic Faith. Courses may be completed on an individual basis or as part of one of the following certificates:
• Foundations in Faith Year 1
• Foundations in Faith Year 2
• Certificate in Liturgy
• Certificate in Pastoral Care
• Certificate in Social Justice
• Certificate in Youth Evangelization
The program is delivered completely online including registration and payment. It is open to students of all backgrounds and education levels.
“This is an exciting development for the college and for forming people in the faith throughout Alberta and Canada” said Sandra Talarico, Director of the Certificate in Catholic Studies.
For further information contact: Sandra Talarico, Director of the Certificate in Catholic Studies Program, Newman Theological College.
Email- Sandra.Talarico@newman.edu or 780-392-2450 ext. 5239
March 18, 2013
Revised Masters of Religious Education Program (M.R.E.)
Edmonton - Newman Theological College is pleased to announce the launch of its revised Masters of Religious Education program (M.R.E.) beginning in September, 2013. The new M.R.E. consists of 30 credits academic course work in addition to 12 credits of supervised field education in Religious Education. This field education will be provided to the students with no additional tuition.
As a result of this new program, the Graduate Diploma in Religious Education (G.D.R.E.) program will be phased out. Students who are currently in the G.D.R.E. will either complete their G.D.R.E. program or transfer to the new M.R.E. program depending upon their circumstances. Students who graduate from the G.D.R.E. can apply to complete the M.R.E. and achieve it by finishing the field education component that will begin this fall. Opportunities will be made available for these students to complete the 12 credits of field education over the next academic year. Newman Theological College is fully committed to helping our students complete their studies in a manner which will best fulfill their educational needs.
The new M.R.E. program will make Newman Theological College’s offerings in Religious Education equivalent with what is expected in Masters of Education programs in other local institutions. It will also allow for an even greater integration of theological theory with educational practice. “This is an exciting development for the College to build on our tradition of forming Religious Educators throughout Alberta in new and relevant ways,” said Newman Theological College President Dr. Jason West.
For further information contact: Sandra Talarico, Director of Religious Education, Newman Theological College. Email- Sandra.Talarico@newman.edu
February 28, 2013
New Partner joining EXCEL Academy
STAR Catholic School Division, Evergreen Catholic School Division and Newman Theological College are pleased to announce that Elk Island Catholic School Division is joining EXCEL Academy for fall 2013. EXCEL Academy provides faith-based leadership development for teachers who are interested in becoming leaders, enabling them to explore their faith and develop their leadership gifts and talents.
"Beginning as a partnership between STAR Catholic School Division, Evergreen Catholic School Division and Newman Theological College in January 2011, EXCEL Academy has come a long way," says Assistant Superintendent Troy Davies with STAR Catholic Schools. "We're excited with the success of the program so far and look forward to the continued growth and development of the program in the future. In the end, the students of our jurisdictions benefit most from this program – with well-trained leaders, everyone wins!"
"EXCEL Academy and its partners are committed to building strong leaders for the future and we will continue to develop our curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of both current and future participants," says Deputy Superintendent Mike Paonessa with Evergreen School Division. "Expanding our partnership will help expand our resources to meet the increasing demands as more Catholic educational leaders look to deepen their faith and expand their leadership skills."
"As a post-secondary institution, we were happy to have been able to provide the academic foundation to make the EXCEL Academy project a reality," says Newman Theological College President Dr. Jason West. "It's a blessing to see this program continue to grow and witness the impact it is having on the lives of participants who experience the EXCEL curriculum firsthand."
"We're pleased to have the opportunity to join such an amazing initiative," says Deputy Superintendent Shawn Haggarty with Elk Island Catholic School Division. "Our participation in EXCEL Academy will help further our mission of developing educational opportunities in the context of Catholic values."
The EXCEL curriculum is geared towards teachers who have a service orientation and wish to assume leadership roles in their school or division. Approximately 24 participants are chosen from across the partner divisions to participate in sessions held at their division offices and Newman Theological College.
February 13, 2013
Br. Donatus Vervoort is Granted the Title of Professor Emeritus
Edmonton - Newman Theological College is pleased to announce the appointment of Brother Donatus Vervoort as Professor Emeritus. The title of Professor Emeritus is an honorary title given in recognition of faculty who have contributed distinguished service to the College through teaching, professional development, administration and service to the community. Brother Donatus has contributed greatly to the mission of the College over the years and is widely recognized as an ambassador of the College in our community. Newman Theological College is proud that after many years of service Brother Donatus’ association with the College will continue in this new way.
A public recognition of this honour will be made at the Seminary and College’s Donor Appreciation Evening on March 18, 2013.
October 24, 2012
New Leadership at Newman Theological College
Edmonton ― The Board of Governors of Newman Theological College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jason West as the new College President.
Dr. West has served the College as a professor of philosophy since 2004 and was named Academic Dean in 2011. He replaces Rev. Paul Terrio, who stepped down from the President’s office after his recent appointment as Bishop of St. Paul. Dr. West’s appointment was confirmed at an October 19th board meeting.
The new President has served on a number of college committees and has co-ordinated the Anthony Jordan Lecture Series for several years. In addition to teaching at Newman, Dr. West has also taught at Concordia College, St. Joseph’s College (University of Alberta), and St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. West has also held executive roles with the Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers and the Western Catholic Reporter Board of Directors.
Archbishop Richard Smith, chair of the Board of Governors, said the College will be well served by the new President.
“With his years of experience at the college and within the Catholic community, Dr. West has a deep understanding of the college’s twofold mission of priestly and lay formation,” said Archbishop Smith. “I am confident that he will ensure they both continue to flourish.”
Dr. West said he is looking forward to leading the college in his new role.
“I am surprised and humbled by this appointment,” he said. “It is an exciting time in the life of Newman Theological College as we look towards the future. I hope to help further the positive relationship between the College and the Archdiocese in fulfilling our mission of theological education in Western Canada.”
Newman Theological College is an accredited academic institution dedicated to the study of theology and related disciplines. It offers graduate-level programs and classes in theology and religious education as well as online certificate programs. The college is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, but its programs are open to all women and men who have the necessary prerequisites.
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October 18 2012
Appointment of new Bishop for Saint-Paul
(CCCB – Ottawa)… His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today named the Reverend Paul Terrio as Bishop of Saint-Paul, Alberta. At the time of his appointment, he was President of the Newman Theological College in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. He succeeds the Most Reverend Luc Bouchard who was appointed Bishop of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, on February 2, 2012. Bishop Bouchard remained Diocesan Administrator of Saint-Paul until his official installation as Bishop of Trois-Rivières on March 26, 2012. Since then, Father Peter Tran has served as the Diocesan Administrator of Saint-Paul.
Bishop-Elect Paul Terrio was born on May 4, 1943, in Montreal, Quebec. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a teaching certificate from Concordia University. He holds a licentiate in theology from the University of Montreal and a licentiate in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1970. As a priest, he worked as the Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of Montreal from 1970 to 1975 and then was the pastor of St. Peter’s Parish from 1995 to 2002 and of Holy Trinity Parish from 2002 to 2012 in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.
Since 2010, he has also served as the Diocesan Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Edmonton, and was member of the Clergy Formation and Education Committee since 2008. He was part of the Seminary Formation Team of the Saint Joseph Seminary in Edmonton from 1994 to 1997. He has also served as spiritual director to seminarians over the years. He was named President of Newman Theological College in 2012.
The Diocese of Saint-Paul has 53 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 56,655, which is served by 10 diocesan priests, 11 priests who are members of religious communities, 18 Religious Sisters, eight permanent deacons and four lay pastoral assistants.
August 16, 2012
Traditional Crucifix Sculpted for NTC Chapel
Toronto artist Gregory Furmanczyk was commissioned by Fr. Stefano Penna to sculpt the crucifixion.
The sculpture arrived at the college Aug. 13, and will be officially unveiled this fall. It will be in full view on the wall of the college chapel.
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May 8, 2012
New Leadership at Newman Theological College
Edmonton - Archbishop Richard Smith has announced that St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College will be under new leadership soon.
Father Paul Terrio has been appointed President of Newman Theological College. Fr. Terrio was born in Montreal and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Montreal in 1970. Since then, he has served as a pastor and seminary professor in Montreal, Brazil and Edmonton. He served at St. Joseph Seminary for a year before being appointed pastor at Villeneuve. He served there for eight years, while still doing some teaching of philosophy at the seminary. In 2001 he became a diocesan priest with the Archdiocese of Edmonton, and in 2002 was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain. Father Terrio took on the additional role of Director of Vocations in 2010, and he will continue in that role while he serves as college President. His appointment takes effect June 15, although he will continue to look after his parish until a new Pastor assumes duties there in August.
Father Shayne Craig pss, who had been serving as Rector of the seminary and President of the College, will be taking a sabbatical year beginning this summer. Announcements of other priestly appointments in the Archdiocese will be made following the annual Assembly of Priests meeting May 21-25.
Please join us in wishing these men well in their new endeavours.
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