QUEZON City, Feb. 20, 2015—All the faithful, particularly apologists, catechists, charismatics, and just anyone who might want to have a healthy dose of basic Catholic theology, are encouraged to attend a crash course on the subject every fourth Sunday of the month at Siena College in Quezon City.

Fr. José Antonio E. Aureada, O.P., S.Th.D. expounds on the proofs of God’s existence according to fellow Dominican, St. Thomas Aquinas. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

The theology crash course is held every fourth Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Mother Francisca de Fuentes Hall of Siena College Quezon City.

Basic grounding on doctrines

A brainchild of Dominican priest-theologian, Fr. José Antonio E. Aureada, regent of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomás (UST)’s Graduate School, the course aims to respond to the need of the Filipino baptized to have at least a basic grounding on Catholic theological doctrines, with special focus on those of St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Doctor Communis” (“Common Doctor”).

In an interview with CBCP News, Professor Nestor Limqueco, former supreme moderator of the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM)’s Company of St. Dominic (CSD), shared the “theo crash course” began over three years ago and was originally exclusive only to members of his community.

But after seeing the pressing need for re-evangelization of the baptized, Limqueco said Fr. Aureada had thought about extending his preaching ministry to consecrated seculars and other lay faithful.

‘Science of God’

According to Limqueco, the thrust is to bring theology, the so-called “Science of God,” not only to the clergy, but to the ordinary lay faithful as well, in a way that they can easily grasp.

Aureada said the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council (Vatican II) opened the threshold to the laity to preach, where before only clerics had a say on theological matters.

As a member of the Order of Preachers (O.P.), the priest stresses the salvation of souls through assiduous study and rigid formation in keeping with the classic saying that nobody can give what he does not have.

Aureada desires that every lay person will have the chance and opportunity to take theology and enable him to share the fruits of his contemplation to others.

A fee of Php 100 is collected each class. Participants are entitled to a certificate after six consecutive sessions.

The next session is on Sunday, Feb. 22.

For further information, interested parties may contact (+63) 927-3967-776. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCPNews)