The Office of Formation and Mission for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, through its’ partnership with the University of Dayton, is offering a 5-week seminar on “Images of Jesus.” The seminar will be held on Thursday nights from 7:00pm-9:00pm at St. Agnes Parish Center on the following dates: January 9, 16, 23 and February 6 and 13. The fee is $25 and covers the cost of all materials. Scholarships are available if the cost presents an obstacle.
Through this course the participant will have the opportunity to examine, from a variety of theological perspectives, what we know and believe about the central figure of the Christian faith and arguably the most influential person who ever walked the earth. After looking at many different resources, the student will be able to form a personal answer to “Who do you say that I am?” Successful completion of this course earns 2.5 CEU’s.
The seminar will be facilitated by Dr. Rodica Stoicoiu. Dr. Stoicoiu has been a professional minister in the Church for 30 years. She holds an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from The Catholic University of America. Her areas of study and her current research interests are in the areas of Roman Catholic-Orthodox dialogue and the theology of liturgy, especially as this informs the theology of Eucharist, Church and Ministry. She has taught both at the undergraduate and graduate level for almost twenty-five years, and is also the director of liturgy for St. Agnes Parish in Shepherdstown, WV. She has published in numerous professional journals, book chapters (including the chapter on Eucharist and forgiveness in the new book “Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty,” published by Liturgical Press), and co-authored, with three of her academic associates, a new book, “Genesis, Evolution and the Search for a Reasoned Faith,” published through Anselm Academic. Dr. Stoicoiu strongly believes that the academic study of theology of the liturgy must be augmented by active pastoral experience and has worked to bring these two elements together for students and parishioners throughout her professional life.
For more information or to sign up for the course, contact Jeanne McKeets in the Department of Formation & Mission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-233-0880, ext. 374. Space is limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot. Registration will close on January 6.
Also the following are offered through Adult Faith Formation Winter Offerings (part of the SALT -St Agnes Learning Together initiative)
- How Catholics Read the Bible course – have you ever wondered how the Bible came to be? Who were the Gospel Writers? What do we make of Genesis since the Church accepts the science of evolution? What is specifically “Catholic” about how we approach scripture? Join us for a six week short course that will look at these questions and more! We will meet at the Parish Center Sunday’s between 9:15-10:15 starting January 12. Please let us know if you plan on attending – the course is capped at 12 due to space and there are two books you will need
- The Pilgrim Church: we will explore how the Church we know today came to be and look ahead exploring modern challenges and how they may shape the Church of the future. This course is divided into two parts, 4 weeks for each Part.
In Part 1 we will explore how the early Church formed starting with Scripture and then trace our way through Popes and emperors, monasteries and heretics, through the building of the great medieval cathedrals! This look at the rise of power and authority, belief and ritual runs Monday’s starting January 13 from 1-3 pm at the Parish Center
The Pilgrim Church Part 2 continues our exploration of how the Church has organized itself. Here we will look at the forces that led to the Reformation and the responses that responded to it. We will look at how the Church sought to reform itself, look at the Vatican Councils I and II and discuss the forces for change that the Church faces today.
Part 2 runs Mondays from February 17 – March 9 from 1-3 pm at the Parish Center
- Finally, this coming Spring: The Eucharist, Life of Our Faith! We will explore the scriptural roots of the Eucharist, it’s development through history, why we do what we do, how our celebration has changed over time and why this celebration is the central expression of our faith!! We will discuss the ins and out of our Sunday Liturgy and end with a discussion of sacramental real presence and what it means to be a Eucharistic people.
This will run Monday’s March 16, 23, & 30 From 1-3 pm at the Parish Center