for PMF class of 2010 graduates
Five students of the Pastoral Ministry Formation program of the Diocese of Dodge City received their diplomas as well as the appreciation of Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore, at a special graduation ceremony Aug. 13.
There, Father Robert Schremmer, vicar general, thanked all those involved with the program, including the recently retired Msgr. Brian Moore, whom he called a “force for good in the diocese.”
He said that those who commit the time and energy to the program do so because “they love people and love the Lord.” Bishop Gilmore told those gathered that “Our goal is union with God, so we need to know as much about Him as we possibly can.” He said we must know the real God, “not the God we dream up,” and the real self. The only way we can do that, he said, is through God’s divine light.
To receive a diocesan diploma, one must take 30 college credit hours; 24 hours consist of core courses; and the remaining six hours are selected from a variety of courses chosen by the individual.
The goal of the PMF program, which is open to any adult with a desire to learn more about their faith, is to help people become stronger witnesses and, if they choose, pastoral ministers for the Diocese of Dodge City.
Those attending the dinner and graduation ceremony at Bishop Gilmore’s invitation were the present graduates and their spouses and/or guests, past instructors and graduates, and past certificate recipients.
The 2010 graduates include:
Pam Vainer, Prince of Peace Parish, Great Bend
Hattie Stein, St. Andrew Parish, Wright
Kathy Massoth, St. Stainslaus Parish, Ingalls
Regis Lopata, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Larned
Barbara Julie Jacobus, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pratt