Pastoral Ministry Formation

The Office of Lay Ministry Formation has joined the Dodge City Diocese in conjunction with Newman University in their formation program for Lay Ecclesial Ministry.  Drawing on the U.S. Bishops' document, Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, the program will focus on four poles of formation.

  • The Human qualities critical to form wholesome relationships and necessary to be apt instruments of God's love and compassion.
  • A spirituality and practice of prayer that root them in God's Trinitarian life, grounding and animating all they do in ministry.
  • Adequate knowledge in theological and pastoral studies, along with the intellectual skill to use it among the people they will serve.
  • The practical pastoral abilities called for in their particular ministry.

New Course: Music and Liturgy

Pastoral Ministry Formation (one hour elective) for Spring 2017

THEO 4881 Music and Liturgy (one hour elective)

The class focuses on basic precepts of celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy within the parish including principles for liturgical preparation and music selection. 

Attention is given to the Liturgical Documents that guide liturgical ministries, preparation that invites participation of assembly/congregation, and spirituality for liturgical musicians and ministers.

*This course may be used as one of the electives to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry.

Class Times:  Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8,  15

Wednesday evenings 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location:  Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Diocese


1 hr. course for credit - $50.00

1 hr. course for personal enrichment - $25.00

*price quotes do not include books

Gerard Chiusano, Lead Presenter, is a graduate of Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music. 

Gerard is currently pastoral associate for music and liturgical formation at The Catholic Community of St. Joseph in North Plainfield, New Jersey.


Fr. Frank Coady, Presenter, is the coordinating instructor for the PMF Program for  Liturgical Ministry focus area.    

Fr. Frank is the pastor of St. Thomas More Parish,  Manhattan, KS and Director of the Offices of Liturgy, Deacons, and Lay Ministry Formation of the Diocese of Salina.

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Fr. Robert SchremmerCoordinating Instructor, is the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Dodge City, Pastor of St. Andrew, Wright and Sacramental

Minister for St. Joseph, Greensburg.


Spring Course 2017

Pastoral Ministry Formation

Spring 2017

Core Course

THEO 2023 Theology of the Church


Course Description:  A study of the nature of the Church as it has been understood through the centuries.

The course begins with the New Testament, progresses through the Fathers of the Church, examines the ecclesiology of Vatican II and concludes with a study of post-Vatican II.


Instructor:  Trish Keller

Trish Keller was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo, and is a 24-year resident of Garden City.  She has a Master’s Degree in Literature from Fort Hays State University and a Master’s of Theological Studies Degree from Newman University.  She teaches English composition at Garden City Community College. A member of St. Dominic Parish, she teaches religious education, volunteers in various ways, and taught Theology of the Church in Spring 2013.



Dates:  Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 18, 25

Saturday Mornings:  8:30 – 12:00 noon


Pastoral Ministry Formation

The Diocese of Dodge City, Newman University and Diocese of Salina are working together in their Pastoral Ministry Formation Program.  All courses are offered via ITV.  Brochures are being sent out with the upcoming semester course offerings.  See Docs on the left of this page. Register online at or contact Coleen Stein, coordinator, at 620-227-1538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , P.O. Box 137, Dodge City KS 67801

Courses are worth 3 college credits or 36 hours of personal enrichment.

The following Schedule of Core Courses will be followed:


"Christology" Spring 2016
“Sacramental Theology” - Fall 2016
“Theology of the Church” - Spring 2017
“The Creeds and Faith” - Fall 2017
“Introduction to Old Testament” - Spring 2018
“Theology and Methods of Ministry” - Fall 2018
“Introduction to New Testament” - Spring 2019
“Christian Morality and Social Issues” - Fall 2019