Saturday, April 25, 2009

My Teaching Course in Rome (and some fun!)

by Steve Ray on April 25, 2009

dsc_00911For those wondering about the course I just taught at the Regina Apostolorum University in Rome.

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We just finished the five day intensive course. It went very well and was very well received. The sponsor, Fr. Alfonso Aguilara, in charge of a LOT of things at the university, was very happy and wants me to come back for another course. Our host and constant companion this week was our good friend and newly ordained priest, Fr. Benjamin Cieply. (his vocation story).

This course was all taped on audio and video and I will have original copies of both. I will make them available on my website as I am able. By the way, it was being translated simultaneously into Italian which was a new experience for me.

The doctoral students who attended the course earned university credits toward their licentiate. Some students came as far as from Torino. There were also American students who were delightful and full of fun and interest. We will miss all of these wonderful folks we grew so fond of. The seminarians coming to the course from the North American College said they will get me over there to do the same course. That would be fun. I LOVE this!

Talks were each about 90 minutes long:

1.   Introduction to Catholic Apologetics
2.   From Baptist to Catholic, My Conversion Story
3.   Authority 1: Scripture and Tradition
4.   Authority 2: Peter and the Papacy
5.   Mary Part 1: from Birth of Mary to Birth of Jesus
6.   Mary Part 2: From Life in Nazareth to Queen of Heaven
7:   St. John: Studying Scripture as Preparation for Apologetics
8:   Top 10 Zingers Used Against Catholics
9:   St. Paul: His Life, Teachings & Context for Apologetics
10: What Must I Do To Be Saved?
11: Defending the Priesthood & the Eucharist
12: Lot of Questions and Answers

Part I: Teaching in Rome


Part II: Cooking and Eating in Rome

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Dave Burchette’s Conversion Story

by Steve Ray on April 25, 2009

Just a short one page story but nice to read. A Southern Baptist Airforce military man discovers the Church due to a friend and a good wife. You can read the story here.

Since his wife was a faithful Filipino woman, you may also want to read my Open Letter to the Filipino People.

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