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September 27, 2013

 Aquinas Institute of Theology Awarded Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant for Pursuit of Preaching Excellence

 Aquinas Institute of Theology has been awarded a $500,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant will provide funding for The Delaplane Initiative for Preaching Excellence. This initiative will have as its goal the strengthening of preaching among Catholic clergy at all levels, including deacons who are called upon to accept an active role in the preaching ministry.


The Delaplane Initiative for Preaching Excellence will employ a director and support personnel, secure professional consultation, provide scholarships, do outreach, and perform program and outcome evaluations.


In addition to providing funding to The Delaplane Initiative for Preaching Excellence, the grant award will fund the enhancement of the Institute’s current preaching lab to serve as a permanent telesystems studio. Once completed, this studio will allow instructors to utilize state of the art audio, video and recording technology in helping students to strengthen existing skills and develop new proficiencies in the preaching ministry.    


Aquinas Institute is a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology located in midtown St. Louis. Sponsored by the Central Province of the Dominican Order—the Order of Preachers—Aquinas Institute of Theology is the only Catholic institution to offer a doctoral degree in preaching.   



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