My Plans for the Upcoming Year
The plan that the bishop has prescribed takes into account my prior theological and ministerial training. After completing CPE this summer I will remain in the Fort Worth area during the next school year. I will continue my teaching duties at St. Vincent's School while I "read for orders" with a senior priest in our area in preparation for our diocesan canonical exams. I will also undertake an internship next Fall at another parish in our diocese (in order to get a different take on things than I have had at St. Vincent's since June 2004). I will travel up to Nashotah House seminary in Wisconsin for study during the next Epiphany term (January) and the Petertide term of 2007 (summer). These studies at Nashotah House may eventualy become part of an STM degree program.
I think this is an optimal, creative solution to the "problem" of what to do with a postulant who already has eight years of graduate theological education and more than two years of ministry internship under his belt. I am looking forward to these studies very much. Thanks again for all your prayers. God bless.