Seminarian to Continue Adult Catechesis Class beginning in January, 2011

December 21, 2010

MORE...Uncovering the Riches of our Catholic Heritage: Readings in the First Five Centuries of Ecclesial History

In all ages the Catholic Church has been abundantly fruitful in sanctity and learning and has produced both Saints and outstanding theological and devotional writings. Catholics are the heirs of a truly rich tradition! Yet often enough, today’s most informed layperson is familiar only with the Saints and traditions of the last few centuries. The spiritual and theological wealth of the Church’s earliest periods remains mostly hidden and unknown.

This past fall, St. Charles Borromeo Parish offered an eight week course on some of the most important figures and documents of the earliest eras of the Catholic Christian faith. We studied various writings from ancient Saints and theologians such as St. Clement of Rome, St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Justin, and St. Irenaeus. These writings from the first and second centuries A.D. profoundly deepened our knowledge and understanding of the Apostolic and Scriptural roots of our Catholic faith.

Come join us as we start up again this winter and continue our journey through the third, fourth, and early fifth centuries, exploring the writings of Tertullian, Origen, St. Cyprian, St. Athanasius, and St. Augustine. We will also be learning about the beginnings of monasticism and the theological contributions of the first four ecumenical councils.

This group study is an initiative led by David Tedesche, the resident seminarian at St. Charles. It is provided primarily for parishioners of St. Charles, yet it is open to all Catholics in the diocese. Young adults of high school age are also welcome—as are Christians of other denominations. The first meeting of our renewed course will be Wednesday, January 19 from 7:00-8:30 pm in meeting room 28 in the school building at St. Charles Borromeo. For more in-depth information about this course or for any changes, check the Saint Charles website. All who are interested in joining us, please call David Tedesche at 585-663-3230 (ext. 103) or email him at Or just show up!

Come join us and together we can uncover the riches of our Catholic heritage!