Christian discipleship and ecclesial leadership
The school of ministries is composed of a large community on formation: teachers, students, coordinators, priests, parishes and our office in the pastoral Center. We have walked together for one year and we are in transition with new activities, as the summer season approaches. At this junction, we want to share the spirit, the vision, and the principal activities of our programs.
God is community of living love: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and in this model of life, which is our God, Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected, is the greatest revelation we have come to experience and a complete and true salvation for the whole world. From this truth of faith, comes the deep conviction that no one can be a true and genuine leader in the Church and in the world if it is not true and authentic disciple of Jesus. Ministerial leadership in the Church does not consist of anything more than this: “Let us love one another as Christ has loved us and loves us.”
New Wine/Vino Nuevo - B: Our first end-of-year retreat allowed us to reflect, live and celebrate together the call to lay ministry in the Church and in today's world. The living and effective leadership of our coordinators, Ms Teresa Dominguez (NW) and Ms Lalis Melendez (VN), guided us and helped us to experience communion by way of the organized, joyful and spiritual participation.
“Sharing our experiences and growing understanding of God's Call, personally, communally and globally during the New Wine/Vino Nuevo Retreat was a deeply moving experience for me. The students' depth of faith and desire to serve God's people is a source of encouragement and inspiration.” - Teresa Dominguez
“I appreciated the evident fraternity that was created among the participants during the retreat; it was very inspiring to see the students of Vino Nuevo and New Wine program B shared time together creating community with the same desire to grow in their faith and minister their brothers and sisters through their apostolic calling.” - Lalis Melendez
The Apostolic evidence is in the fulfillment of the mission. Therefore, NW and VN (third year) is in the process of completing their formation focused on developing a ministerial project in their parish (or practicum): Each student is encouraged to be accompanied and guided to improve its leadership and its ministerial service. The guidelines created for the program, their advisor, and the coordinating team at the School of Ministry, Feliciano Tapia and Fr. David Norris (New Wine) and Cesar Lucio (Vino Nuevo), will help and guide the students.
INFORMATION OF VARIOUS ACTIVITIES:
- Class: NW-B, Introduction to Lay Ecclesial Ministry, May 15 & 22, John Prandini
- Class: VN-B, Introduction to Lay Ecclesial Ministry, May 16 & 23, Rosa María Guembe
- Retreat: NW/VN-B, “New Wine, New Leadership”, May 19, St. Charles Borromeo, Visalia
- Class: NW-A, Final Project/Paper Intro., May 3 and 10, Fr. David Norris
- Class: VN-A, Pastoral Ministry Resources, May 26, Sr. Ana Rosa Gordo, RCM
- Class: VN-A, Final Project/Paper Intro., June 2, Feliciano Tapia
Note: The months of June and July have been designated for individual interviews of NW/VN-A 2010-2013 cohort in relationship to their Final Project and for evaluation meetings by each deanery group and coordinating team of NW/VN-B 2011-2014 cohort of the first year.
School of Ministry Coordinator