Tier I Introductory Theology Program

 

The Tier I Introductory Theology Program was the San Juan Diego Institute of Faith Formation’s first theology program, inaugurating the institute in the summer of 2016.  The Tier I Introductory Theology Program was developed by a committee of theologians, clergy, and lay ecclesial ministers.  The program consists of eight 2.5 hour sessions.  There is a progression which will take the student from the Call to Holiness through the scriptures, christology, ecclesiology, liturgy, morality, spirituality, ultimately leading to a sending forth as missionary disciples who are encouraged to continue growing closer to Christ and delving deeper into the faith through ministry practicums and, eventually, Tier II Theology Formation Program.

Tier I Courses:

  1. The Call to Holiness – What is the role of the lay faithful?  What are the laity called to be in the world and how do we respond to that call?
  2. Scripture – What is the Bible?  Where did it come from?  Why do Protestant Bibles have less books?  How are we supposed to read the Bible and what does it mean?
  3. Christology – Who is Christ and how is he both fully human and fully divine?  How did the Church come to understand this about Christ and why is this important for our salvation?
  4. Ecclesiology – What is the Church?  What is the Magisterium?  What is Sacred Tradition? What does it mean that the Church is the Bride of Christ? Why does all of this matter?
  5. Liturgy – Why do we celebrate Mass?  What is transubstantiation?  How is the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith?  What is the heavenly wedding banquet?
  6. Morality – How are we supposed to live our lives?  What is the difference between sin and evil?  What are the Catholic Social Teachings and why are they important?
  7. Catholic Social Teaching – What does the Church say about helping others directly and how do we help change things in society to help others?
  8. Spirituality – How do we grow in relationship to Christ?  How do we pray and what are the different ways in which we can pray?  

Fall 2019 Schedule

Introductory Theology is a fundamental course for parish & Catholic school ministers.  The course is also open to any interested adult.  Those who complete Introductory Theology and an introductory course for a specific ministry will earn a certificate of formation for that ministry.

 

Cost:                     $25 for the entire 8 class course (includes book);

                              $5.00 per class, $10 for the book, if needed

 

Dates/Classes:   Classes will be held as follows (Dates subject to change):

Chaparral, NM (Registration is Open – Click here to Register)

Locations:           St. Thomas More, 568 E. Lisa Dr, Chaparral, NM 88081                           

Sat., Sep 7
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Sep 7
1:00p-3:30p
Sat., Oct 5
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Oct 5
1:00p-3:30p
Sat., Nov 2
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Nov 2
1:00p-3:30p
Sat., Dec 7
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Dec 7
1:00p-3:30p
Call to Ministry Scripture Christology Ecclesiology Liturgy and Sacraments Morality and Ethics Catholic Social Teaching Spirituality

 

Las Cruces, NM (Registration Coming Soon)

Locations:           Pastoral Center, 1280 Med Park Dr. Las Cruces, NM 88005

Sat., Sep 28
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Sep 28
1:00p-3:30p
Sat., Oct 12
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Oct 12
1:00p-3:30p
Sat., Oct 26
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Oct 26
1:00p-3:30p
Sat., Nov 9
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Nov 9
1:00p-3:30p
Call to Ministry Scripture Christology Ecclesiology Liturgy and Sacraments Morality and Ethics Catholic Social Teaching Spirituality

 

Artesia, NM (Registration Coming Soon)

Locations:           Our Lady of Grace, 1111 N Roselawn Ave, Artesia, NM 88210 (September 28 & October 26)

                              St. Anthony,  502 South Ninth Street, Artesia, NM 88210 (October 12 & November 9)

Sat., Sep 28
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Sep 28
1:00p-3:30p
Sat., Oct 12
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Oct 12
1:00p-3:30p
Sat., Oct 26
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Oct 26
1:00p-3:30p
Sat., Nov 9
9:00a-11:30a
Sat., Nov 9
1:00p-3:30p
Call to Ministry Scripture Christology Ecclesiology Liturgy and Sacraments Spirituality Morality and Ethics  Catholic Social Teaching

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