An Invitation to Grow in Your Faith

Beginning in September, the Diocese of Gallup Deacon and Lay Ministry Formation Program will begin a nine-month-long study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church one weekend a month.  The first semester will focus on Parts I and IV.  Part I, the Creed, will be taught by Father Peter Short on Saturday mornings, 8:30-12:20.  Part IV, Prayer, will be taught by Sister Rene Backe, CSA, Saturday afternoons, 2-4 PM, from September through January.  Spring semester will focus on Parts II and III.  Part II, Liturgy and Sacraments will be taught Saturday mornings, 10:30-12:20 by Deacon Timoteo Lujan.  Part III, the Commandments and Living a Moral Life will be taught by Father Peter Short from 8:30-10:20.

Dates of the classes:  September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17 and May 22.

Tuition: $50 per semester.

Location: Classes will be held at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Marian Hall.  Lunch can be purchased there for $10 per day.

Because of the need for social distancing and the number of prospective deacon candidates already registered in the classes, we can only take five more students.  The first five to register will be included.  After the first five, names will be placed on a waiting list in case of deletions.  Students need to bring their Catechism of the Catholic Church, a Bible and a notebook.

To register, contact Sr. Rene Backe at [email protected] or download this form and send to: Diocese of Gallup, PO Box 1338, Gallup, NM 87301.

You may also register here:

  • 503 W. Highway 66
    Gallup, NM 87301
    PO Box 1338
  • (505)-863-4406
  • [email protected]
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