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                                                                                                                                                Standing Room Only
                                                                                                                                                Fifth Annual Landregan Lecture addressed to audience of 300
                                                                                                                                                   Lynch Auditorium was filled to capacity        merely part of the story.” In the lecture itself
                                                                                                                                                before Fr. Fitzmyer entered the room.             Fitzmyer made the claim that the IAA was
                                                                                                                                                Guests were standing in the back to hear the      doing “political archaeology.” He made the
                                                                                                                                                lecture. This year’s Landregan Lecture (the       distinction between the authenticity of the
                                                                                                                                                fifth annual) had the greatest attendance yet.    ossuary itself, which is not under question,
                                                                                                                                                Msgr. Milam Joseph welcomed Fr. Fitzmyer          and the authenticity of the inscription. Even
                                                                                                                                                to the University of Dallas stating, “You         supposing the inscription to be authentic,
                                                                                                                                                grace us with your presence here tonight.”        it raises even more problems. For example,
                                                                                                                                                   Fr. Fitzmyer spoke on the Ossuary of           the names, “James” “Joseph” and “Jesus” are
                                                                                                                                                James and Its Implications. After the Israel      some of the most common in first century
                                                                                                                                                Antiquities Authority (IAA) declared it           Palestine. Fitzmyer wondered, “How do
                                                                                                                                                a modern forgery this summer, many                we know they refer to the NT characters
                                                                                                                                                wondered if Fr. Fitzmyer would change his         who bear those names?” Fitzmyer discussed
                                                                                                                                                topic. In discussions leading up to the lecture   the various Aramaic issues involved with
                                                                                                                                                Fitzmyer said, “That declaration of the IAA is    spelling and grammar that the inscription
Faith Formation Classes in Tyler                                                                IRPS Instructor to                                                                                betrays. He also addressed the meaning of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Aramaic term that is often translated
It‘s different from other faith formation
programs. And based on comments received
                                               ocesan Director of Religious Education,
                                               four courses accredited by the University of     Teach Overseas                                     University of Dallas                           as “brother.” He concluded by saying that
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Christians will generally read the ossuary to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Fr. Joseph Fitzmyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     publish the lecture as an article. He will
thus far, participants find the classes        Dallas are being presented the first semester     Sr. Dorothy chosen for                             Institute for Religious and                   confirm what they already believe to be true       present it once more in March before doing
interesting, beneficial, and enjoyable:        at St. Mary: Philosophy I, taught by Dr.          Lithuanian education trip
                                               Robert Wood; Introduction to Spirituality,                                                                 Pastoral Studies                        about Jesus and his relation to James. Those       so. Following the lecture nearly all three
“I have taken other classes but the depth of   taught by Dr. Nancy Dunkerley; Vatican II,         The Association of Professional                                                                 in the East will believe the ossuary supports      hundred guests convened in Gorman Faculty
this level of study has been where I needed    taught by Dr. Matthew Ogilvie; and Intro-        Partnership for Lithuanian Education              Director        Brian Schmisek, Ph.D.           their view that James is a half-brother of         Lounge and the surrounding area to enjoy
it to be.”                                     duction to Sacred Scripture, taught by Mr.       has invited Sr. Dorothy Jonaitis, OP,                                                             Jesus. The West will believe the ossuary           conversation, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks.
“The classes have helped me to learn to pray   Gene Giuliano.                                   Assistant visiting Professor at IRPS, to          Visiting Asst. Professor                        supports their view that James is a relative or    Many guests brought books for Fitzmyer to
more effectively, and have helped me to deal                                                    teach for two weeks next summer, July 5           of Systematic Theology
                                                                                                                                                                                                  cousin of Jesus. Many Protestants will believe     autograph. This was Fr. Fitzmyer’s first visit
with situations in my personal life in a way   Currently, 84 students are participating,        – 16. She will join Jeanette Lucinio from                       Matthew Ogilvie, Ph.D.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the ossuary supports their view that James is      to Dallas.
that I wouldn’t have imagined.”                many taking advantage of all four offerings.     Catholic Theological Union in Chicago             Instructors for the                             a blood brother of Jesus.                             Next year’s lecture will be on November 6,
“I thought these classes would be hard; I      Twenty-six students are aspirants to the dia-    and Sharon Allison, a DRE from the                Biblical School
wasn‘t going to sign up, but Linda told me     conate. Eighteen of their wives also attend.                                                                                                          In the question and answer session that         given by Dr. Joseph Martos, author of Doors
                                                                                                Archdiocese of Chicago, in this venture.                           Gene Giuliano, M.A.            followed Fr. Fitzmyer said that he plans to        to the Sacred.
to try them. I have learned so much in just    Thirty-five students are catechists either in
                                                                                                They will teach scripture, ethics, and                      Dorothy Jonatis, O.P.,D Min
a few months and I can even keep up with       the Christian Initiation processes in their
                                                                                                principles of religious education. This
the professors.”                               parishes or in faith formation for children
                                               programs. Seventeen students are Directors       program has been going on for several
                                                                                                years now and is very popular with DRE’s.
                                                                                                                                                  Administrative Assistant
                                                                                                                                                                         Joanne Drake             Contract to Serve
Through a cooperative agreement with           of Religious Education, six are Sisters, and
Diocese of Tyler, the IRPS began offering      six are Catholic School teachers. Addressing     Congratulations Sr. Dorothy!                             To subscribe, or for more
                                                                                                                                                                                                  IRPS provides deacon formation for the Diocese of Dallas
faith formation classes there on September     the significance of these numbers, Linda                                                             information, please contact us at:              Msgr. Milam Joseph, on behalf of the             in Oak Cliff. Dallas deacon candidates
6, 2003. Due in part to the hard work          Porter commented, “I think these numbers        level. It isn‘t a deacon formation program                                                         University of Dallas, and Bishop Charles           will earn five undergraduate credits each
and generous hospitality of Rev. Gavin         are significant, since the primary goal of      alone; it is the academic component for the             1845 E. Northgate Drive                    Grahmann, D.D., on behalf of the Diocese           semester from the IRPS.
Vaverek, JCL, pastor of St. Mary Church        the program is to invite adults to grow in      diaconate formation. That is quite different
in Longview and Linda Porter, Tyler di-        their individual faith formation at a deeper    from other programs like this.”
                                                                                                                                                          Irving, TX 75062                        of Dallas, signed an agreement whereby the              In the past, the diocese of Dallas
                                                                                                                                                           (972) 721 5105                         IRPS will provide the academic component           contracted with certain individuals to teach
                                                                                                                                                                                                  of deacon formation for the Diocese of             courses for the deacon formation. Now, the
     Author and well-known speaker Bill Huebsch will teach                                                                                           irps@udallas.edu                             Dallas. Classes began in mid-September and         Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies
                                                                                                                                                    www.udallas.edu/irps                          are offered at the Catholic Formation Center       will fulfill that role.
     “Models of Catechesis” in the spring. Call now to audit.
IRPS Summer Institute Offers Courses in Rome                                                                                                                Recent IRPS Alum Bequests Major Gift
Bringing the Gospel to Life in the Eternal City                                                                                                             Interview with Andrew Muras
   Study in Rome this summer at the                 Courses meet three days per week for three         Life, and Sacraments: Seven Stories of Growth.          Andrew Muras is a 2003 graduate of IRPS,         Q: Why was that?                              Q: You recently gave a monetary gift
University of Dallas’ beautiful campus in           hours each; on the fourth and fifth days,          He has also co-authored a number of texts            earning a Masters of Theological Studies.           AM: I’m a management and engineering of $1500 to the IRPS program. What
the Alban Hills overlooking the Eternal City.       classes will travel into Rome to visit area        with Richard Rohr including Wild Man’s               Andrew recently gave a $1500 gift to IRPS. In       consultant for an aerospace defense prompted this?
Visits to the City are combined with class          attractions and experience history firsthand.      Journey: Reflections on Male Spirituality.           this interview he shares his reasons for entering   company, and I travel frequently. The AM: My IRPS experience was invaluable. I
lectures to provide an awe-inspiring, once-         During the evenings and on weekends, you           New Testament                                        the IRPS program, remaining with it during          weekend study program enabled me to hold believe so strongly in this program that I
in-a-lifetime summer                                                       may experience Rome            Brian Schmisek, Ph.D., Director of                the transition, and what his MTS means to           down my full-time job while                                   wanted to give something
experience.                                                                and the surrounding         IRPS, will teach New Testament. This                 him.                                                obtaining a fundamental                                       back to it, to help build
  The Institute for                                                        area on your own.           course explores the themes, messages, and            Q: How did you learn about IRPS?                    understanding of orthodox                                     the program for others.
Religious and Pastoral                                                     Liturgy and                 theologies of the New Testament, with “field         AM: My wife Lynn is a 1982 alumna of                Catholic teachings.                                           Q: Since you are a recent
Studies       Summer                                                       Sacraments                  trips” to St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Paul’s outside   UD. She’s always spoken highly of the               Q: IRPS went through a                                        graduate, has your degree
in Rome 2004 will                                                             Joseph       Martos,     the walls, the catacombs, the Colosseum,             religious education she received. I’d also          change several years ago.                                     served you in this short
offer students the                                                         author of Doors             the house church of St. Clement, and other           seen a number of articles describing the            How did that affect your                                      time?
opportunity to earn                                                        to the Sacred, will         sites significant for the study of the New           IRPS program.                                       studies?                                                      AM: Absolutely! I’ve been
up to six graduate                                                         teach Liturgy and           Testament in Rome. Get ready to feel the             Q: What led you to enroll in IRPS?                  AM: I did think about leaving,                                having more success in
credit hours while                                                         Sacraments. This three      New Testament come alive while we study              AM: I had taught Bible study and RCIA               but after talking with the                                    publishing articles; plus
spending three weeks                                                       credit course addresses     it in the city of Peter and Paul.                    at our parish in Alabama, plus had started          professors and UD leadership,                                 I’ve just begun teaching
on the University of                                                       the liturgy in the life     Costs                                                writing articles and giving talks. I decided        I decided to remain because I                                 a series of business
Dallas’ Rome campus.                                                       of the church and              Approximately $2999 for airfare, lodging,         that if I was to continue teaching about the        believed in the IRPS program,                                 ethics seminars through
The campus is located                                                      the biblical, historical,   (based on double occupancy) meals, ground            Catholic Church, I needed to know more              and I was confident it would            Andrew Muras          the Diocese of Dallas
in the Alban hills 12                                                      and         theological     transportation, and admission to attractions.        theology. I really wanted something more            stay true to its mission. There                               called “Catholics in the
miles southeast of                                                         foundations of the          Tuition is $480 per credit hour plus $15             structured than just reading on my own, so          was no loss of quality during the transition, Workplace Ethics Series.” I’d say that my
Rome in a locale called                                                    liturgy and sacraments.     per hour course fee. Contact the IRPS                I investigated religious learning programs. It      and the teaching remained excellent. UD faith has always served me; the master’s
Due Santi, where tradition holds that Saints        Martos is the former Director of the Russell       office at 972-721-4118 for details. For              was IRPS’ unique weekend study program              maintained its commitment of excellence to degree makes it sort of official.
Peter and Paul stopped along the Appian             Institute for Ministry at Spalding University      more information, please visit our website–          that appealed to me the most.                       the IRPS program.
Way. Courses are open to new and current            in Louisville, Kentucky. Besides the standard      www.udallas.edu/irps–which contains the
IRPS students, visiting graduate students, or
anyone wishing to audit at least one course.
                                                    work on Sacrament noted above, he has
                                                    authored Sacraments: Celebrations of God’s
                                                                                                       proposed itinerary, registration form, and
                                                                                                       other helpful information.
                                                                                                                                                            Biblical School Opens with Day of Prayer
                                                                                                                                                            Students from Fort Worth and Dallas Dioceses begin an intensive study
IRPS to Host D/FW Clergy at UD                                                                          IRPS Holding                                           The adult students were a bit nervous. The          The opening day consisted of prayer,          for two years and then decide if they want to

Ogilvie to present “The Sacraments of Initiation”                                                       Classes in Fort                                     atmosphere was one of an electrifying newness.
                                                                                                                                                            Teachers had been interviewing since April and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                lecture by one of the teachers and small group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                discussion. It was one of the two days that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 continue the rest of the program.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   IRPS is appreciative of the following
   On December 2, 2003, IRPS will host an
evening of dinner and discourse for all clergy
                                                    topic: “The Sacraments of Initiation: The
                                                    Australian Experience.” Dr. Ogilvie came to
                                                                                                        Worth                                               now could see the results of those many days
                                                                                                                                                            of labor. These are appropriate descriptions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                students from each class meet together as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                group. The other common day is held during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 parishes, who committed themselves to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 hosting a site this year: Most Blessed
from the dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth.         UD from Australia, where the Church has             Meeting the needs of our                            for the two IRPS Biblical School opening            Lent.                                            Sacrament in Arlington, The Catholic Center
Last year the IRPS hosted clergies from each        restored the order of Baptism-Confirmation-
diocese separately, but this year all clergy will   Eucharist in different parts for over ten years.
                                                                                                        neighboring dioceses                                days of prayer that took place on September            The Biblical School, begun in 2002, is a      in Fort Worth, St. Joseph in Richardson, St.
                                                                                                            As part of the IRPS mission to meet the         6 and 13, 2003, one in the Ft. Worth Diocese        new venture of the Institute for Religious and   Ann in Coppell, Our Lady of Angels in Plano
be invited to come and share an evening             Since this is the order for about half of the        needs of neighboring dioceses, graduate            and one in the Diocese of Dallas. The Fort          Pastoral Studies. It is a four-year program of   and Holy Trinity, Pius X, Saint Elizabeth Ann
together.                                           Catholic dioceses in North America, his talk         program classes have begun in Forth Worth.         Worth Diocese hosted approximately 70 new           intensive study, covering all the books of the   Seton, and the Cathedral in Dallas.
   The featured speaker this year will be           will give an insight into the opportunities and      Each Wednesday night this semester Dr              students in two different sites while the Dallas    Bible. Adult students of all ages from 20 and
Dr. Matthew Ogilvie, who will address the           challenges presented in a ‘sister Church’.           Matthew Ogilvie has been teaching the course       Diocese hosted approximately 115 students.          older commit themselves to studying with us
                                                                                                         RPS 6311 “Liturgy and Sacraments” at Holy

Conference Notes                                                                                         Family Parish in Fort Worth. Those in the
                                                                                                         course include graduate students pursuing
                                                                                                                                                            IRPS Graduate Student Enrollment on the Rise
                                                                                                         masters degrees and audit students seeking
Highlights of the Texas Catholic Conference                                                              certificates.
  The Texas Catholic Conference met                 about the mission of IRPS to do precisely               On his experience in Fort Worth, Dr
                                                                                                                                                            IRPS looks forward to growing enrollment
on September 22, 2003, to discuss the               this. Participants agreed that both the              Ogilvie said, “The students are a dynamic,           This fall saw perhaps the largest percentage      local dioceses. For example, now a person        remission scholarships; and 3) Courses have
                                                                                                         highly-motivated group. Class discussions          increase in graduate students in the IRPS           can earn a Master’s of Pastoral Ministry in      been made available on weekdays as well
relationship between the dioceses and               Universities and the dioceses were ready to
                                                                                                         have been lively and enjoyed by all. I am glad     ever. One year ago there were 26 students           Youth Ministry, Health Care Ministries,          as weekends; and 4) Certificate and Post-
Texas Catholic universities. Participants           start implementing changes to help each              to be working for IRPS’ mission of making
addressed the following topics: Catholic            work more closely in the formation of                high-quality education accessible to people,
                                                                                                                                                            enrolled in the graduate program of IRPS.           or several other focus areas; 2) More            graduate certificate programs have been
Schools; Deacon Formation; and Religious            teachers, deacon candidates, and religious           and the Fort Worth students are pleased to         This fall there were 96 graduate students.          scholarship funds have been made available       made available to students.
Education. Diocesan representatives sought          education leaders. Dr. Brian Schmisek,               have classes available in their local area.”       The growth will most likely continue.               to students. Now most students are eligible         Future projections are being revised in
the assistance of local universities in meeting     Director of IRPS, was invited to join the               To continue serving the area, IRPS will           The increased participation can be                for one-half tuition remission scholarships.     light of recent applications and upward
                                                                                                         be offering the course “Issues in Systematic       attributed to 4 factors: 1) The program             Those in full-time lay ecclesial ministry        registrations.
their formation needs. Dr. Schmisek and             steering committee to make plans for                 Theology” on Wednesday nights in Forth
other University representatives spoke              further collaboration.                                                                                  has been tailored to meet the needs of              positions are eligible for two-thirds tuition
                                                                                                         Worth during Spring Semester 2004.

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