The School of Ministry is glad to share two news items of collaboration within the Ministries Office, and a brief update of our Vino Nuevo and New Wine programs.
March 7-10, The Church in Small Base Communities
: Rev. Jose Marins and Sr. Teolide Trevisan traveled from Brazil and presented steps for reflecting on our faith in several locations in the diocese (Fresno’s Saint Paul Newman Center, the Diocesan Pastoral Center, and Saint Anthony Maria Claret). Presentations were offered in collaboration with various ministries, such as Campesino Ministry, KNXT-TV Channel 49/38, the religious sisters who minister within our Hispanic communities, and the School of Ministries.
In conjunction with the leadership of the Family Life Office and the participation of parish community leaders, we have taken the first steps to develop leadership formation and a certification program for those ministering and offering Marriage Preparation Workshops.
VINO NUEVO / NEW WINE:
The students in their third year program
(Bakersfield, Visalia, Fresno, and Merced) continue to focus on our diocese’s reality, and the qualifications to develop ministries within parishes and communities.
The students in their first year program
s have completed the workshops on the identity and mission of the Church, and now will engage in theological reflection with two active community leaders — Mike Salinas, and Ms. Teresa Dominguez.
A WORD FROM ONE OF OUR STUDENTS:
Ana Gabriela, Vino Nuevo (Fresno Site).
“New Wine has helped me develop a different state of mind and opinion. As a teenager, I have different customs that, for the older generations, are considered being too liberal. However, many teenagers and adults are misunderstanding and judgmental of each other. Just because I am from the new generation and have different customs does not mean I cannot be part of the love of God. I once thought I couldn’t be part of the Church because I was too young to comprehend, and because of my different way to present myself, but I was wrong. As the New Wine class continued to develop, I started to better comprehend others, my religion, and myself.
New Wine is such a great program for all ages. I strongly recommended it, especially to the youth, because the younger you learn to understand others, your religion, and yourself, the better you will understand everything.”
School of Ministry Coordinator