Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of September 1, 2003
Bible school set up third campus in Manitoba
By ROD STAFFORD-MAYER
Special to the WCR
The largest number of applications ever received in the history of John Paul II Bible School has required directors to set up a third campus.
"We have only a very few spaces left at our Radway and Hinton campuses," said director Ernie Chauvet.
"Over 94 applications were received this year for approximately 70 spaces. We hope to have at least 12 to 15 students going to our new third campus at the Catholic School of Evangelization at St. Malo, Man., near Winnipeg."
Some students who graduate from the first-year program at John Paul II go on to serve in a second-year program in parish youth ministry.
Currently, the school is preparing five teams to serve parishes in Drayton Valley and Lloydminster as well as three B.C. parishes in Kelowna, Westbank and Powell River.
Bible school graduates are also active in youth ministry in Edmonton, St. Albert, Legal, Olds, Calgary, Barrhead and in Louisiana in the United States.
Chauvet added that enrollment in the seminary by JPII graduates is "significantly above the average.
In addition to having two graduates who are now priests, four more are currently enrolled in studies for the priesthood."
Twelve months ago, the Bible school expanded to Hinton when it took over the Way of Holiness Retreat House.
"Last year we had 40 students in Radway and 19 in Hinton," said Chauvet. "This year, we anticipate having 50 in Radway, 24 in Hinton and 12 to 15 in St, Malo."
Applications will be accepted right up to the start of classes Sept. 8 in Radway and St. Malo and a week later in Hinton.
Students interested in applying may contact the school at 780-736-3833.