Diocese of Dallas

UD Ministry School Announces Partnership with Dallas Diocese

Date published: April 21, 2016

BibleThe University of Dallas announced a partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas that will provide local pastoral ministry leaders, serving in a variety of capacities across the diocese, with an opportunity to advance their ability to serve diverse communities. The university will offer its new intercultural ministry course, "Weaving Together a Culturally Diverse Church," at a special tuition rate.

“Our School of Ministry has one foot in the academic world and one foot in the church,” said Dean of School of Ministry Ted Whapham. “This partnership with the Diocese of Dallas is helping us take strides across the region to bring together our rich faith community.” Whapham holds a doctorate in historical and systematic theology along with a master's degree in theology from The Catholic University of America.

"Weaving Together a Culturally Diverse Church" is a dynamic, six-week online course, where students are equipped with an ecclesial vision of communion and mission and its application in the context of culturally diverse parishes and dioceses. Most importantly, students will gain the

theoretical and practical knowledge to communicate the faith effectively to an increasingly diverse world. The course is also offered in Spanish.

“This course focuses on the past and present of a wide range of Catholic communities,” said Pía Septien, M.T.S., director of continuing education and Catholic Biblical School instructor. “Students will come to understand the dynamics of mission, stewardship and other crucial elements of the faith experience in shared parishes across the country.”

Course instructor Alejandro Aguilera-Titus offers 30 years of ministry experience and is a nationally known speaker and writer highly regarded for his practical application of theology to ministry in culturally diverse settings. He holds a master’s degree in theology from the University of Portland and is a doctor of ministry candidate at Barry University. Aguilera-Titus currently works at the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“This course is going to continue to enhance our study and our research into how to best reach our multicultural membership,” said Director of Ministries at the Diocese of Dallas, Sister Theresa Khirallah, SSND. “The partnership between the University of Dallas and the diocese will continue to solidify into more endeavors like this.”

News

Art Alumna's Vintage Dress Design to Debut on Red Carpet

Dallas-area native and Door Number 9 designer Elisa Choffel Low, BA '03, will have her latest dress design showcased on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 22. The silver open-back vintage-style gown includes a striking chainmail jewelry inset created in collaboration with Toronto jewelry designer Kyra Matsui.

+ Read More

University Welcomes Leading Catholic Intellectual to Campus

On Friday, Sept. 13, the university community welcomed George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the father of two UD alumnae. Celebrated for his two-volume biography of St. John Paul II and many other intellectual contributions, Weigel presented an exploration of the current Catholic situation in light of a new interpretation of the past 250 years of the church's interaction with social, cultural, economic and political modernity.

+ Read More

Recent DBA Alumnus Begins Tenure-Track Position at UNI

Gabe Dickey, DBA '19, recently successfully defended his dissertation, titled "Exploring the Human Side of Audit Quality: Team Engagement and Partner Leadership Behaviors," for UD's Doctor of Business Administration. Dickey has spent his career in the accounting profession, the vast majority as a certified public accountant working in auditing. He began UD's DBA program three years ago, drawn in by his interest in broader business issues and the program's practitioner-oriented focus.

+ Read More