MANILA, June 23, 2015—Those who want to have knowledge of the Bible are encouraged to attend a series of lectures to be offered by a Dominican priest-theologian as a way of orienting the faithful towards New Evangelization.
Fr. José Antonio E. Aureada, regent of the Pontifical and Royal Catholic University of Santo Tomás (UST)’s Graduate School started this crash course for catechists, charismatics, apologists, lay ministers, other church workers, and just about anyone interested in strengthening the foundation of their faith in order to fill the need of the Filipino baptized for a solid grounding on basic Catholic theology.
A scholar on St. Thomas Aquinas, the famous medieval genius whose “Summa Theologica” became the “official” Catholic theology, the Dominican seeks to introduce participants little by little to the thought of the “Doctor Communis” (“Common Doctor”).
In an interview, Prof. Nestor Limqueco, former supreme moderator of the Company of St. Dominic (CSD), a secular institute under the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM), and coordinator of Aureada’s theology crash course, told CBCP News that while the project was offered initially and exclusively to members of his community, it was soon opened to non-members, realizing it could benefit more people.
According to him, the thrust of the course is to take theology, the so-called “Science of God,” out of the confines of seminaries to a regular classroom setting, teaching it in a language the ordinary lay faithful can easily understand.
Aid to preaching
In line with the classic saying that “nobody can give what he does not have,” and as a member of the Order of Preachers (O.P.), the priest believes that assiduous study and proper formation, coupled with Christian charity, help evangelists preach convincingly and wins souls effectively.
The lectures are held on the fourth Sunday of each month. The next class on Fundamental Theology is scheduled on June 28, Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Santa Catalina College, Sampaloc, Manila. Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization will be tackled afterwards.
Each participant will get a certificate after six consecutive sessions.
For registration details and other information, interested parties are advised to contact Prof. Limqueco at (+63) 927-3967-776. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)