Wednesday, October 9, 2002

School of Ministry in Rochester Diocese to build $3 million campus

Hoping to respond to a growing need for more lay ministers in the Roman Catholic Church, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is building a new $3 million campus in Pittsford. ...St. Bernard’s has 120 people in graduate study and about 150 in certificate programs, as well as another 150 students at an Albany satellite location. It is presently using space at Colgate Rochester Divinity School’s 1100 S. Goodman St. campus. Schoelles said St. Bernard’s plans to continue its relationship with Colgate Rochester and, in fact, has required its students to take some courses at the Protestant schools there. “We’ll keep our good relationship going,” she said. The new facility, which will include a meditation garden and a small public chapel, is expected to be ready by August 2003, in time for the fall semester. “Our particular industry can only grow because of the rise of lay ministry in the church, which is up nationally 55 percent in five years,” Schoelles said. “The diocese really has confidence that we need lay ministers and we can provide them.”

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