ROME, APRIL 14, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Lateran University, in cooperation with Emmanuel Community, is now offering a master’s degree in the “theology of evangelization.”
Father Jean-Baptiste Edart, coordinator of the program of studies, told ZENIT that the master’s “gives the foundation for profound reflection on evangelization.”
“Numerous religious congregations and new communities seek a formation for their missionaries that does not require numerous years of investment in study,” he said.
“This master’s seeks to give instruments of reflection to offer a Christian view on the world and find the best means to respond to the questions it presents,” he added.
The master’s is a two-year program: one whole year in Rome and another through correspondence.
The first group of master’s candidates numbers 14. They include celibates, a consecrated laywoman, a priest, and married couples. They come from Brazil, the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Italy.
Some are young people finishing their studies; others are professionals. One is a retiree.
“They are being formed as they will be sent on mission, to respond to the thirst for theological formation, after having completed long secular studies, or simply because they have decided to take a sabbatical year,” Father Edart explained.
Registration for the master’s is open to anyone with a licentiate. Those who lack this qualification must take a specific course of initiation in order to be eligible.
The degrees are recognized by the Congregation for Catholic Education.
More information is available through [email protected].