Graduate School Welcomes largest Incoming Class
In its 11th year of offering graduate theological education for the New Evangelization, the Augustine Institute welcomes more than 100 new students.
“With thanksgiving to God, we welcome our largest class to date,” said the Institute’s President Tim Gray, who added that the growth of the Graduate School is “a fruit of the Institute’s merger with Lighthouse Catholic Media.”
This year’s entering class includes 24 on-campus, 64 distance education, and 19 Christ in the City Missionaries.
The on-campus students come from 15 states. A common theme among them is that they were attracted by the Augustine Institute’s clear focus on evangelization.
Megan O’Neill said, “If I am going out into the world as a teacher of the faith, I need an education that will form me in the heart of Christ and His Church and practically prepare me for that mission.”
Blayne Jemelka said that his goal in coming to the Augustine Institute is, “to learn the truths of the Faith in order to bring the light of Christ to the dark areas of society.”
“It has been particularly inspiring to me,” said Director of Admissions Kathryn Murray, “to welcome the Christ in the City Missionaries to our student body; their witness to the power of Christian charity is infectious!”
The Institute’s Academic Dean, Dr. Christopher Blum, noted that on-campus enrollment has been growing thanks to the John Paul II Scholarship program. “Our generous benefactors have seen the strategic importance of leaders for the New Evangelization who have been formed in the very sources of our Catholic Faith: Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the theological and spiritual teaching of the saints.”
The Institute’s distance education program has also been strengthened by the ability to assist students through the St. Nicholas Fund and the Mother Teresa Scholarship program. In addition, the Institute now enjoys partnerships with several dioceses for the training of candidates for the permanent diaconate, Catholic school teachers, and other leaders in religious education and evangelization.
“I was privileged to speak to the religious education leaders of the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, and was immensely encouraged by the desire of so many of them to plunge themselves into the riches of our Catholic heritage, and to share its wisdom through their apostolic work,” said the Institute’s Professor Edward M. Sri.
The distance education students in this year’s entering class come from 5 countries, every quadrant of the United States, include every generation from 20’s-60’s, and include teachers, catechists, youth ministers, priests, and religious.