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Welcome to the Collegium Center for Faith and Culture

The Collegium Center for Faith and Culture (CCFC) was founded as an independent nonprofit organization within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, NJ, by Fr. Timothy Byerley, Ph. D., a priest of that diocese, for the purpose of evangelization and catechesis. 

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“The Transcendentals: The Good, The True and The Beautiful Lead us to God,” presented by Father Joseph Byerley.

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In his presentation on “The Transcendentals: The Good, The True and The Beautiful Lead us to God,” Fr. Joseph Byerley started by breaking down the meaning of the word Transcendental. Transcendental comes from the prefix trans meaning ‘across’ or ‘beyond’ and root word scandere meaning ‘to climb.’ Hence the transcendentals are those things which move us beyond or above the natural world.

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The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis – presented by Fr. David Rivera

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Fr. Rivera gave an eye opening presentation on C.S. Lewis’ great work, “An Abolotion of Man.” His purpose was not to give an in-depth teaching of every detail of the book, but to inspire us to read it for ourselves, and to give enough of an understanding to help us comprehend what we are reading.

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Seven Great Schools of Catholic Spirituality

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On Oct. 23, Deacon Frank Dunleavy spoke to us about the Seven Great Schools of Catholic Spirituality, in which his main source was an audio course from “Now You Know Media” – by Fr. Anthony Ciorra – called The Seven Great Schools of Catholic Spirituality. Deacon Frank was kind enough to email me notes from his presentation. Below are the highlights: Continue reading “Seven Great Schools of Catholic Spirituality”

Theology of the Body for Children presented by Monica Ashour

 

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Monica Ashour MTS; M Hum, Author and National Speaker for
The Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, Inc. (TOBET) and Catechetical Formation in St. John Paul’s Theology of the Body, presented “Theology of the Body” for Children.

What is the very first way we recognize that we are human? Our Body!  What’s the first way we know that we are male or female? Our Body!

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Maria Esperanza and The Family by Maria Coromoto Marrero Bianchini

 

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Maria Coromoto Marrero Bianchini, the daughter of Maria Esperanza, delivered her mother’s message of hope and love to a packed room at the Collegium Center for Faith and Culture. Joining her was her husband Carlos, family friends, Piri and Coky Liscano and Fr. Timothy Byerley, the Vice Postulator for the beatification cause of Maria Esperanza.

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The Divine Romance

Deacon Bob Hamilton took us through the romantic journey of God as our lover, chasing us in a ‘teenage crush’ to a committed, intimate union of souls. Using scripture, writings of St. Catherine of Sienna, Fulton Sheen and others, Deacon Bob shows God as the lover not only of the human race, but of each one of us individually. This written overview cannot express the enthusiasm and emotion of his presentation, but I pray it will at least give you some insights.

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The Spirituality of Maria Esperanza – Fr. Timothy Byerley

Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00, Fr. Tim Byerley, the Vice Postulator for the Beatification and Canonization Cause of Servant of God Maria Esperanza, gave a detailed presentation into the life and spirituality of this great mystic of our own times. Fr. Tim shared how she balanced her great gifts of visions, prophecy, stigmata and her mission of evangelization with her vocation as wife and mother. Maria was at the center of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Betania Venezuela, which were approved by the Church in 1987. She brought the message of Our Lady, Reconciler of All Peoples and Nations to people throughout the world, but especially through Venezuela and The United States. She died in 2004, here in New Jersey and her Canonization cause was opened in 2010.

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