.- For years, Tim Gray has been dreaming of a theological institute in Denver that would blend solid theology with practical evangelization tools. Next fall, that dream will become reality as the Augustine Institute opens its doors for lay people seeking to spread the Gospel more effectively. The Augustine Institute, which will make its home in the Archdiocese of Denver, offers accredited Masterâs degrees in Evangelization, Catechesis and Sacred Scripture.
âIâm thrilled that this dream is becoming realityâ, commented Gray. âThe school is a marriage of practical skills and great theology.â
Those slated for the schoolâs faculty include noted theologians, Dr. Joe Burns, Sean Innerst, Curtis Martin, and Augustine Instituteâs president Jonathan Reyes.
âI think we have a top-notch facultyâ, noted Gray, âIâm honored to be working with them.â
Archbishop Charles Chaput has said that he believes the Institute âwill some day draw young people from all over the world and train them to take the New Evangelization back to their homes, parishes, schools and communities.â
Even though word is just beginning to spread about the institute, Gray commented that the âinitial feedback has been fantasticâ and that, applications have been steadily flowing in.
âI think weâll end up with more applicants than we can takeâ, he said.
The structure of the Augustine Institute is based on three major components; intellectual formation, character formation and practical training. The school says that this structure will âform Catholic leaders who embody in their lives what they know in their intellects.â
More information about the Augustine Institute can be found at www.augustineinstitute.org, or by calling 303-715-3279.