GCU Theology Program Inducts 12 Students to Honor Society

No one goes into the ministry with the notion of landing a “job,” Msgr. Roger McGrath told Georgian Court theology honors students. It goes deeper than that, he said during the April 23 Theta Alpha Kappa induction ceremony at GCU.


The Georgian Court University Department of Religious Studies and Theology inducted 12 graduate and undergraduate students into the Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society during a sunset ceremony where they were encouraged to focus on community.

Msgr. McGrath, Senior Priest of Our Lady Guadalupe Parish in Lindewold, recognized the students who maintained a 3.5 GPA average in four theology classes in order to be inducted into the society.

Some of the inductees present for the ceremony included: Paul Addo and Catherine Bubeck of the Diocese of Camden, Joanne Hall and Kathleen Savage of the Diocese of Trenton, Sr. Clara Mwanyalila of Tanzania and the recipient of the department’s annual book award, Sr. Ana Nguyen of Vietnam.
Msgr. McGrath explained that no one goes into the ministry with the intent to get a job, but rather to make their love of God evident in the communities they serve.

“The far richer question is how to serve this Church,” Msgr. McGrath said. He went on to explain that the students should focus on broadening and deepening their relationship with Jesus in their ministries.

Of the 12 inductees, there were 10 laity and two religious.

“It’s no small accomplishment,” he said. “Be proud but don’t let it go to your heads.”

“The priest needs the people as much as they need the priest.”     Catherine Bubeck, Theology honors student

Msgr. McGrath went on to tell the students to seek ways to pull together as they fill God’s agenda, rather than their own and to focus on strengthening the body of the Church.

Ms. Bubeck, who received her master’s degree in theology in May, said Msgr. McGrath’s words tied everything together, especially the relationship between clergy and laity.

“It gives value to the spirit,” Ms. Bubeck said. “It gives value to know that Mass is not a task.”

She said she hopes to share these messages and many more with the people of Holy Trinity Parish, Margate where she and her husband volunteer in many capacities.

Paul Addo, a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, echoed her comments. He called the presentation both enlightening and educational.

“It offered an expansive vision of what is possible,” he said.

The goal of Theta Alpha Kappa is to encourage members to further the study of religion following graduation and encourage excellence in teaching, research, learning and publication.

For more on the GCU School of Religion and Theology, visit, http://www.georgian.edu/religion/.

 

No one goes into the ministry with the notion of landing a “job,” Msgr. Roger McGrath told Georgian Court theology honors students. It goes deeper than that, he said during the April 23 Theta Alpha Kappa induction ceremony at GCU.


The Georgian Court University Department of Religious Studies and Theology inducted 12 graduate and undergraduate students into the Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society during a sunset ceremony where they were encouraged to focus on community.

Msgr. McGrath, Senior Priest of Our Lady Guadalupe Parish in Lindewold, recognized the students who maintained a 3.5 GPA average in four theology classes in order to be inducted into the society.

Some of the inductees present for the ceremony included: Paul Addo and Catherine Bubeck of the Diocese of Camden, Joanne Hall and Kathleen Savage of the Diocese of Trenton, Sr. Clara Mwanyalila of Tanzania and the recipient of the department’s annual book award, Sr. Ana Nguyen of Vietnam.
Msgr. McGrath explained that no one goes into the ministry with the intent to get a job, but rather to make their love of God evident in the communities they serve.

“The far richer question is how to serve this Church,” Msgr. McGrath said. He went on to explain that the students should focus on broadening and deepening their relationship with Jesus in their ministries.

Of the 12 inductees, there were 10 laity and two religious.

“It’s no small accomplishment,” he said. “Be proud but don’t let it go to your heads.”

“The priest needs the people as much as they need the priest.”     Catherine Bubeck, Theology honors student

Msgr. McGrath went on to tell the students to seek ways to pull together as they fill God’s agenda, rather than their own and to focus on strengthening the body of the Church.

Ms. Bubeck, who received her master’s degree in theology in May, said Msgr. McGrath’s words tied everything together, especially the relationship between clergy and laity.

“It gives value to the spirit,” Ms. Bubeck said. “It gives value to know that Mass is not a task.”

She said she hopes to share these messages and many more with the people of Holy Trinity Parish, Margate where she and her husband volunteer in many capacities.

Paul Addo, a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, echoed her comments. He called the presentation both enlightening and educational.

“It offered an expansive vision of what is possible,” he said.

The goal of Theta Alpha Kappa is to encourage members to further the study of religion following graduation and encourage excellence in teaching, research, learning and publication.

For more on the GCU School of Religion and Theology, visit, http://www.georgian.edu/religion/.

 

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