March 9, 2015

Re: "Need for theologically-educated laity is growing" (WCR, Feb 23).

I was very pleased to see the WCR highlighting the need for a theologically-educated laity.

Catholicism has a very rich intellectual tradition, the study of which can feed both the head and the heart and support Catholics in incarnating their faith in the world.

Not only is the Archdiocese of Edmonton privileged to have Newman College, it is also home to one of the largest undergraduate theological faculties in Canada (regular faculty is comprised of eight theologians and two philosophers) – St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta, which gives close to 2,000 undergraduate students a taste of Catholic theology annually.

Thus Edmonton is blessed with not just one, but two important institutions of Catholic higher education. Even fewer dioceses can rival that.

Indre Cuplinskas
Assistant Professor
St. Joseph's College
University of Alberta