Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of November 12, 2007
Faith filled studies, social fun, filled her heart and soul
By SARAH SIMONI
WCR Staff Writer
Special to the WCR
It was not a difficult decision to enroll at Newman Theological College. After teaching high school biology, english and religion for two and a half years, I knew that the Lord was opening a door for me to enter college again and return to the life of a student.
It was the master of religious education program that piqued my interest, as I loved the idea of studying theology alongside leadership courses designed for Catholic school administrators.
I supposed that there would be many great people that I would encounter as well, but I had not anticipated how incredible my year would be.
Community of faith
The opening barbecue set the stage for the coming year and opened my eyes to what God had formed among those who attended this charming college, namely an intimate, fun-loving, and profound community of faith. I was thoroughly pleased to have the pleasure of listening and learning from the wise and learned instructors.
Once immersed in the courses, I realized what a thirst my soul had for theology and the mysteries of God that were being revealed to me as I read, listened and researched.
This type of study was foreign to me, for it not only fed my intellect but my soul and required reflection and time to absorb the depth of what was being taught.
Joy of the Mass
For this reason, the opportunity for daily Mass was so necessary. Here I was fed by beautiful homilies and a warm sense of community that existed among the students, professors and faculty. I was so impressed by the fun and food organized by the social committee at regular college gatherings, where everyone had a chance to unwind, laugh and make memories together.
Having completed the graduate diploma of religious education last year, I am now finishing my second and last year of the master's program.
It is astonishing how many friends I have made over this short time, with other students, professors, and staff of the college. I have a feeling that my education at Newman Theological College will continue on even after the MRE certificate has been hung on the wall.