Jeri Holladay leads ‘Introduction to Church History’ course at SLC

Catholics should know their own story, says local Church scholar
For 2000 years the Roman Catholic Church stood the test of time, ushering in an era of faith, salvation, culture formation and the idea that each and every person – made in the image and likeness of God – has personal dignity.
While no one denies mistakes have been made (the Church is made up of imperfect men and women), many of these imperfections have been grossly distorted or in some cases made up in an effort to attack the Catholic Faith. That is why a solid understanding of Catholic Church history is essential to believers today.
“Knowing our own story as Catholics helps us to know who we are,” says Jerrilyn Holladay, an instructor of Church history and moral theology who is teaching a course entitled “Introduction to Church History” at the Spiritual Life Center in January. “Much attention is given to the Reformation and Inquisition, and we examine these events as well. But we also explore the compelling story of the Church and the role of the Church in building Western Civilization.”
Ms. Holladay’s course is part of the newly reconstructed Religious Studies Program of the Diocese of Wichita. This is a two-part course that will meet beginning Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the concluding session set for Saturday, Feb. 13.
Jeri Holladay served 10 years as director of Adult Education at the Spiritual Life Center and continues to teach moral theology and church history while writing part-time. Prior to that, Holladay was associate professor of theology, chairman of the Theology Department and founding director of the Bishop Eugene J. Gerber Institute of Catholic Studies at Newman University.
The recommended textbook for the course is by Martha Rasmussen, “The Catholic Church: The First 2000 Years: A Popular Survey and Study Guide to Church History.” (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003; ISBN 0-89870-969-5).

Sign up by Dec. 28 for a discount
There is an earlybird discount rate of $55 for the course available now through Dec. 28,. After that date the cost is $60. Registration for the course is now underway and can be made online at, or by calling the Center at (316) 744-0167. The final deadline for registration is Jan. 5.