Summer Catechetical Summit in Wichita Aug. 19, Parsons Aug. 20

In between his jobs as acting dean and head of the department of theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, his work as one of the founders of and teachers at the Augustine Institute in Denver, and his in-depth course about the Catechism of the Catholic Church for interested catechists, Dr. Sean Innerst is squeezing in a visit to the Diocese of Wichita Aug. 19-20 for the diocesan Summer Catechetical Summit.
Innerst will be one of the presenters at the Summit in Wichita and Parsons Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20. Jose Gonzalez, senior director of Professional Development for the Sophia Institute, will make a presentation in Spanish both days.
Innerst said the theme of the summit – the Beatitudes – is a topic of interest to him because he published a book in 2010 “From Blessing to Blessing: The Catechism as a Journey of Faith,” that relates to the Beatitudes.
“The whole idea of the divine blessing and the way which that is expressed in the Beatitudes is sort of a central theme for almost everything I teach,” he said. “The whole idea of our reception of and entry into the divine blessing is really the whole pattern of the Christian life.”
Although he will talk about more than the Beatitudes, Innerst said, they will be focus of his presentations. He will also touch upon the Beatitudes as a larger paradigm of Christian faith and life and how they represent a portrait for the whole of Christian life.
Innerst will also talk about the way in which the Beatitudes make a blessed person, and how the “Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Beatitudes as a portrait of Christ and the way in which they would enable us to imitate him to return to the likeness of God that we have lost through sin and which he makes possible for us to regain.”
He said those blessings “describes the whole paradigm of Christian faith and life and in fact the movement of the whole cosmos.”
Gonzalez said last week that he would be focusing on the practical side.
“I will be conducting a practical session with catechists,” he said. “Sophia Institute has lessons they have produced and tested. I will supply material they can use to more effectively engage their students in teaching their faith.”

Interested in the summer summit?
The Summer Catechetical Summit, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita. It will be repeated from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at St. Patrick Parish in Parsons. The cost for either event is $20. Lunch will be served.
A keynote speaker, hands-on and interactive activities to help participants’ students learn about the church’s teaching about morality and the beatitudes are also included in the day. In addition, all registrants will receive a full color teacher’s guide with ready-to-use supplemental lessons.
To register, call the diocesan Office of Faith Formation 316-269-3940, email, or visit