This hybrid course (synchronous/asynchronous) examines the pastoral and theological foundations of preaching. Guiding and framing this study leads the student to the question of how preaching is evangelization. As such, the course will exhort the preacher to be intentional in connecting the Good News of Jesus Christ to the “signs of the times” vis-à-vis the reality of the people of God. A central learning outcome of the course is to provide insights into the art and science of preaching, especially in relationship to and in dialogue with the preaching tradition of Aquinas Institute of Theology and The Aquinas Way.
This hybrid course (synchronous/asynchronous) examines concrete ways in which the Sacred Scriptures inspires, informs and guides preaching. This approach leads the student to the question of how to effectively integrate the Scriptures in preaching. As such, the course will exhort the preacher to be intentional in the use and interpretation (exegesis) of Scriptures, especially in relationship to the reality of the Black Catholic experience or lived reality. Central learning outcomes for the course are to provide insights and best practices related to the use of Scripture in preaching, as well as provide contextual knowledge of the Word of God in the Black Catholic ecclesial experience.
This hybrid course (synchronous/asynchronous) examines the identity and place of the preacher in the community. Guiding and framing this study leads the student to the question of who the preacher is. As such, this course exhorts the preacher to reflect on and come to greater understanding of his/her vocation as preacher in and for the Black Catholic community. Central learning outcomes for the course are to provide insights that can deepen the preacher’s own sense of integrity as preacher, “giving voice” (e.g., preacher as prophets, teachers, healers etc.) in the historical and cultural context of the community.
This hybrid course (synchronous/asynchronous) examines preaching in its liturgical context. Its approach leads the student to deeply understand the Catholic Liturgical Calendar year in preaching. As such, this course exhorts the preacher to grow in his/her ability to integrate the diverse themes, feasts and celebrations of the larger Catholic community in his/her preaching, with particular emphasis on the pastoral-theological principles and praxes of inculturation. Central learning outcomes for this course are to provide insights to better integrate social pastoral issues into the liturgical season, as well as the Black Catholic cultural devotions, traditions, and other liturgical celebrations.
This hybrid course (synchronous/asynchronous) examines the distinct modalities and contexts of preaching. Guiding and framing the “practicum” are practical considerations for effective delivery of the preaching content. As such it exhorts the preacher to be attentive to the mechanics and best-practices associated with excellent preaching (space, sound, posture, etc.). Central learning outcomes for this course provide insights for effectively engaging the different cultural audiences (e.g., digital, in-person, generational, etc.), modalities (virtual or real time), and context in preaching.
Acompañantes / Thought Leaders in Black and Hispanic Ministry assist in assessing and guiding the priorities of the Preaching Academy by providing sustained pastoral accompaniment, intercultural competence, and direct connections to networks and communities of support. Key activities of the Acompañantes / Thought Leaders include identifying and recruiting potential students, advocating and promoting the Preaching Academy’s Mastery in Preaching Certificate Program in their faith community and professional networks.
Our Thought Leaders
Dr. F. DeKarlos Blackmon, Secretariat Director of Life, Charity, and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin Ms. Donna Grimes, Assistant Director, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB Deacon Lawrence Houston, Associate Director for School Faith Formation, Archdiocese of New Orleans Dr. Kimberly Lymore, Convener, Black Catholic Theological Symposium Deacon Mel Tardy, Academic Adviser, University of Notre Dame