Program to offer information on the Church’s catechism

"The truth is life changing," according to John Gresham, associate professor of systemic theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Gresham is offering to help Catholics find that truth through a one-day workshop sponsored by Paul VI Pontifical Institute of Catechetical and Pastoral Studies. It will be Saturday, March 28, at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. The workshop, "Profession of Faith," is on the first of four sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and is the first of four planned workshops. Future workshops will focus on the remaining three sections of the catechism: the sacraments and worship, moral theology and prayer. "The first section is on the Creed, on what we believe," Gresham told the Review. In addition to teaching full time at the seminary, he also teaches classes for Paul VI Pontifical Institute, which for some time has offered 10-week courses on the catechism. "Some people don’t have time for a 10-week course. We wanted to offer something more compact for them. This workshop is for the average Catholic in the pew, anyone interested in learning more about the faith and who wants to learn about the catechism through a user-friendly approach," Gresham said. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to the workshop. For those without a catechism, Paul VI Institute will have copies at the workshop available for use. The workshop will include talks, discussions and time for questions and answers. "It will be an enjoyable day," Gresham said. Gresham has appeared on EWTN television, on "The Journey Home" program, discussing his journey into the Catholic Church from, first, the Assembly of God and, later, the Episcopal Church. "By becoming Catholic, I didn’t become less Pentecostal — I became more Pentecostal, with a larger view of the Holy Spirit, not just in my life but in the life of the whole Church," said Gresham, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville. Gresham’s journey into the Church began while in college when he was studying the early Church fathers. "Learning is a means of spiritual transformation," he said. "By knowing our faith better, it changes our lives and helps us live a life closer to God and with greater love for others."

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