Newman College takes its 'Treasures' to the parishes

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September 8, 2014

The Treasures of the Faith series, sponsored by Newman Theological College, will expand this fall beyond the college with sessions also being held at St. Andrew's Church in Edmonton and Holy Family Church in St. Albert.

The informal weekly series at which participants read a Church document, a work by one of the Fathers of the Church or a book of the Bible along with a Newman College professor begin the week of Sept. 15 and conclude the week of Dec. 10.

There is no fee and no homework for any of the series. Each session lasts 50 minutes.

Participants must register by phoning the college at 780-392-2450 or sending an email to

Treasures of the Faith is one of several series offered by the college's Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization.

The series at St. Andrew's Church is held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 17 and is led by Spiritan Father Ayodele Ayeni. It focuses on The Poor and Charity in the Gospel of Luke: The Commentaries of St. John Chrysostom.

Two series at Holy Family Parish, all of them led by Stephane Saulnier, still have openings for participants.

The first is held Mondays at 6 p.m., starting Sept. 15, and focuses on St. Matthew's Gospel.

The second is also on Mondays, but at 8:10 p.m., and participants will read Matthew's Gospel in French.

The remaining four series are all held during the noon hour (beginning at 12:10 p.m.) at Newman College.

On Mondays, Ayeni will lead a session on selected homilies of St. John Chrysostom.

On Wednesdays, Saulnier will read the book of Jeremiah with participants.

On Thursdays, Father Stefano Penna will lead a group in reading Pope St. John Paul II's apostolic exhortation from 1981 on the Role of the Christian Family in the World.

On Fridays, Father Stephen Hero will lead a session on The Dialogues of St. Catherine of Sienna.

Newman College, through the Benedict XVI Institute, also offers five-week online courses leading to a certificate in Catholic studies (CCS).

More information on the CCS program is available from the Newman website ( or through the program director Sandra Talarico by phoning the college or emailing her at

The institute also sponsors a program called Vocatus for Catholic business leaders. Penna leads the sessions beginning with breakfast at 7 a.m. on the fourth Tuesdays of the month, beginning Sept. 23.

The sessions include reflection on a document of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace – Vocation of the Business Leader.

More information is available by calling Penna at the college or emailing