In May, 2015, at the age of 81, Fr. Bernie Rosinski, SCJ (pictured above), completed a master’s degree in Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. Many people congratulated him on the effort, but often added “What are you going to do with it?”
Fr. Bernie admits that for a while, the question bothered him. “I had been brought up under the SCJ liberal arts mantra: new knowledge is self-justifying,” he said. “Just knowing more about anything is reason enough to undertake the effort.”
Beginning with the simple desire of wanting to know more about sacred scripture, Fr. Bernie said that he soon found himself “drawn into a thoroughly American utilitarian educational premise: What use is it? What are you going to use it for?”
In 2016, Fr. Bernie found an answer: continuing education classes in scripture for permanent deacons. Previously, the only option for many of the deacons in central South Dakota was to make the 150+ mile drive to the diocesan offices. When Fr. Bernie asked a few deacons if they would be interested in scripture courses closer to home, he heard an eager “yes!” Fr. Bernie held the first course in September, 2016, and he has been going ever since.
“I am really honored to be a part of this class,” said Dn. Chet Cordell, a student in the current series of classes. “In addition to helping my fellow deacons and myself to bring the study of scripture alive for ourselves and for the parishioners, Fr. Bernie has such a sense of inclusion for the role of the deacon and our ministry in the life of the Church in today’s world. Fr. Bernie embraces us as partners in the role of ordained clergy. We thank him for his kindness, his attention to our needs as deacons, and for the knowledge of holy scripture he so diligently prepares for us each month.”
Click here to read more about the deacon continuing education program.
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