Newman Theological College E-Newsletter

December 2013  |  Issue #2


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Heart Speaks to Heart
Upcoming Courses
Faith Formation Courses
Aboriginal Studies
2014 Anthony Jordan Lecture Series
Alumni "Perks"
Important Dates
NTC Chapel Mass Times
Free Seminars
Contact Us



Important Dates


Friday, January 3, 2014
Winter Semester Registration Deadline

Monday, January 6, 2014
Cycle 3 Certificate in Catholic Studies Registration Deadline

Monday, January 13, 2014
Treasures of our Faith Free Lunchtime Seminar Series begin

Monday, January 14, 2014
Medicine Wheel Teachings Free Lunchtime Seminar begins

Monday, February 7, 2014
Cycle 4 Certificate in Catholic Studies Registration Deadline

Monday, March 3, 2014
Application to Graduate Deadline

Friday, March 7 & Saturday, March 8, 2014
Anthony Jordan Lecture Series

Monday, March 31, 2014
Cycle 5 Certificate in Catholic Studies Registration Deadline

Academic Schedule



NTC Chapel Masses


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
(excluding holidays and reading week)
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Everyone Welcome! 



Free Lunchtime

  • These seminars are not for credit and are open to all.
  • No homework!
  • No prior knowledge necessary!
  • Attendance is free!

Treasures of our Faith Seminars

These series are designed to explore the treasures of our Catholic faith through reading foundational text that have shaped Catholic Tradition.

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Medicine Wheel Teachings

Stories & Journeys from Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Communities

Tmedicine-wheel-249x300his seminar series is designed to explore how Canada’s Catholic Aboriginal communities are engaged in a healing process that will bridge a difficult past with a far brighter future, how they define that process, how they draw on ancient traditions and their modern Catholic faith to make it happen and how this combination can end up enriching the Church in North America.

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Did you Know?


Our Bookstore has a great selection of books for Christmas Gifts?

Not only do we carry books on Theology but we also have books for everyone of all ages and all interests. Books include a wide range of topics such as interests-gift books, bible study, spirituality, prayer, ministry, saints, Catholicism/ ecumenism, youth ministry, teacher resources, pastoral care, Christology, Papal books, social justice, old/new testament, ethics and many more. Bibles for everyone. We invite you to come in and browse. To inquire call Shirley at 780-392-2457.

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Our library also has an extensive selection of DVD's?

Stop in and see what we have!

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Contact Us



Email: Newman College

College Hours:
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: 780-392-2450

Bookstore Hours:
9:30 am - 12:00 pm;
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Phone: 780-392-2457

Library Hours:
9:00 am  - 4:00 pm
Phone: 780-392-2454
closed weekends and holidays.


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Heart Speaks to Heart

by Dr. Jason West, President

Advent-Wreath-1_1We are an Advent people. As we enter into this new liturgical season the Church reminds us that we are people of the future. While we must, of course, attend to the responsibilities of the present moment, we cannot let these be the focus of our ultimate concern. The Gospel for the first Sunday of Advent has reminded us of this fact. Of the two men working in the field and the two women grinding at the mill, one is taken while the other is left.

What is the difference between them? Certainly not their skill at working the field or the mill. The remainder of the reading provides the essential clue: one was awake while the other was not. One worked in the present while her heart was set on the future coming of our Lord, while the other was so caught up in her daily tasks she could not imagine ahead to the day for which she was preparing.

To be a people of advent is to be focused on the future. We are not called to sacrifice the present as a mere instrument in bringing about a better utopian future, for God is already with us.  This presence of the future we long for here and now the Christian calls grace.   This unique dynamic is seen in the fact that the word Advent itself, paradoxically, implies both “arrival” and “waiting”.  We are waiting for the arrival of our Lord that we will celebrate joyfully at Christmas, all the while finding him present in our soul today through grace

The time of advent is a time of waiting, but what are we waiting for?  Certainly, we are waiting to celebrate Christmas.  But, interestingly the Church chooses to begin Advent by reminding us not of Christ’s birth, which humanity experienced some 2000 years ago, but of his coming again in glory at the culmination of history:

“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.  Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into.  So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
As people of Advent we are called to stay awake, to be a people of the future.  But, that is to be a people of hope, a people longing for what we profess in faith is still to come.  Hope is often one of the easiest virtues to forget.  But, for the Christian it is indispensable. Unless our faith in the power of the Cross is vivified by a living and active hope in the promise the child Jesus represents, and in the reality of the glorified Christ still to come, it is very much in vain.  In this way Advent is as much a waiting in preparation for Christ’s coming again at the end of history as it is a preparation to celebrate his birth in Nazareth.  In this light each of us can take this attitude of longing hope to heart, praying many times each day Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus!

Upcoming Evening & Online Courses

Students have many options for registration and the delivery of our courses. A student may register as Open Studies, Mature Admission, or a Visiting Student. Students may also Audit our courses but do not receive credit and are not required to write any papers or exams. Please see our section called Apply for Admissions on our website. The delivery of our courses include both online and on-campus during the day and some evenings. Please see our Course Offerings on our website to see what is available this January.

Christianity & World Religions

Instructor Rev. Stefano Penna
Offered both online and on-campus in the evening on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 9 pm.

Film: A Theological Critique

Instructor Rev. Dave Norman
Offered on-campus in the evening on Mondays from 6:30 - 9 pm.

Patristic Theology

Instructor Dr. Stephane Saulnier
Offered on-campus in the evening on Mondays from 6:30 - 9 pm.

The Social Teaching of the Church

Instructor Dr. Robert McKeon
Offered on-campus in the evening on Wednesdays from from 6:30 - 9 pm.

To view the entire list of courses click here

Certificate in Catholic Studies Program

This program offers a selection of online courses on various aspects of the Catholic Faith. It is delivered completely online including registration and payment, and it is open to students of all backgrounds and education levels.

1813590HighRes 2We are very excited about the new registration process and format of the CCS Program. Giving students the freedom to complete these courses on an individual basis has received an excellent response. Most students are working towards completing a certificate but love the ability to do so at their own pace instead of committing to an entire year of studies.

We have four five-week cycles coming up in the new year and are hoping to receive many more new and returning students. The courses offered include Catholicism, Church History, Scripture, Youth Ministry, Jesus Christ, The Sacraments, Social Justice, Prayer, Catechesis, Pastoral Care, The New Testament, Nicene Creed, The Old Testament, Vatican II, Moral Theology, and Liturgy.

Register for a course and see what everyone is so excited about! Cost is just $70 per course.

To view all the details click here

Aboriginal Studies

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Statue of St. Kateri Tekakwitha on the grounds of NTC.

Increasingly Newman College graduates are finding themselves in ministry situations in Western and Northern Canada where they are being asked to minister with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. This may be in Aboriginal communities or in urban settings in parishes, schools and chaplaincies in health care or corrections institutions.

Newman College is developing new credit course and non-credit seminar initiatives related to ministry with Aboriginal peoples. Newman is continuing its sponsorship of the Directions in Aboriginal Ministry summer program in partnership with the Building Bridges program of the Western Bishops. New initiatives include a noon-hour seminar series "Stories and Journeys from Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Communities" and credit courses on interculturation and ministry in Aboriginal community settings.

For the Winter 2014 Semester, there will be a special credit course option associated with participation in the Edmonton Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Hearings, March 27-30, 2013 called STP 558 Path of Healing: A Journey with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

To view all the details click here

2014 Anthony Jordan Lecture Series

FrJoseph Komonchak 2Topic: St. Augustine's Understanding of the Church
March 7 & 8, 2014
Speaker: Rev. Joseph Komonchak

We are pleased to have Rev. Joseph Komonchak, Professor Emeritus from University of America, coming to the Anthony Jordan Lectures Series this year.

He is the chief editor of The New Dictionary of Theology. A specialist in the history and theology of the Second Vatican Council, he is the editor of the English edition of the five-volume History of Vatican II. He is the author also of Foundations in Ecclesiology (Boston: Lonergan Workshop, 1995) and of Who Are the Church (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2008). He has published well over a hundred articles in journals such as Concilium, Cristianiesimo nella Storia, The Journal of Religion, The Review of Politics, Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique, Theological Studies, and The Thomist.

Tickets go on sale end of January 2014.

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Exciting "Perks" for NTC Alumni

IMG_0992NTC Alumni now have free access to both the NTC library collection and the online Catholic Periodical & Literature Index (CPLI Alum). These services are available to Alumni to facilitate their ongoing formation and ministerial development.  It applies to all Alumni whether they live in or outside the Edmonton area.
To access the items in the library all you need to do is to set up an Alumni borrower account. To access the online Catholic Periodical & Literature Index (CPLI Alum) you just need to request a password and PIN number. You then can logon via the Alumni page on our website at To obtain a card or logon access, contact our librarian, Jim Derksen, by phone 780-392-2454, or by email at
The NTC library has over 38,000 books, audio visual materials and periodicals in the areas of theology, scripture, liturgy, ministry, spirituality, religious education, social justice and more. Check out the newest titles in theology or your field of ministry by browsing the NEOS catalogue, which is available on the library page of the NTC website.
IMG_7303 2Alumni living in the Edmonton area can access the collection during library hours as well as make use of the facility. You can also place a hold request on any NTC item and have it sent to any NEOS library in the Edmonton area.  This also applies to returning items.
For out-of-town Alumni, you can request items from the NTC collection by sending the librarian an email listing the author and title of each item. Items will be sent to the alumnus via Canada Post with a return mailing label included. Remember there is no charge to you, the Alumni borrower.
Also, Alumni living near any of the NEOS libraries outside of Edmonton, can request – online or by email - NTC items to be sent to the NEOS library in their area. Items can then be returned through that library.
For those interested in accessing online material, CPLI is a periodical database with a percentage of articles in full-text, which means a PDF of the article is attached to the record. This database covers a wide variety of topics including church and papal documents, ministry, scripture and theology.
Your ongoing formation is important to the people at Newman, as are the variety of ministries that you engage in, be they parishes, hospitals, schools and beyond.


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