Church in Partnership

The Diocese of Dodge City and Newman University share the same Catholic theology and concern for the formation of the laity.  They collaborate through Church in Partnership to provide pastoral ministry formation, access to Catholic higher education, and other formation programs.

Church in Partnership uses an Interactive Television Network (ITV) to facilitate communication across the 23,054 square mile territory of Southwest Kansas.  These ten sites are located throughout the diocese in Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Liberal, Ness City, Pratt, Scott City, Sharon, Syracuse, and Ulysses with the central network bridge at Newman University in Wichita.  The ITV network provides state-of-the-art, two-way audio and video connectivity among the sites.

The Pastoral Ministry Formation Program uses the network to offer students the opportunity to earn a degree in Pastoral Ministry from Newman University.  Newman University Western Kansas uses the ITV network to offer students the opportunity to earn a B.S. in Elementary Education, MS in Curriculum Instruction, MS in Building Leadership and an MSW in Social Work.  The Diocese also uses the ITV network to provide such programs as:  Comunidades de Aprendizaje, Catechist Formation, Financial Peace University, Word Working Training, Youth Vocation Night, and for meetings such as:  insurance, finance and building committees.  

Church in Partnership connects people across the diocese, equips people with knowledge and skills and sends people forth to do ministry.