Date: 2010
The Education for Parish Service program (EPS) was founded by Sr. Joan Bland in the late 1970s to prepare Catholics to live out their baptismal commitment to evangelization. Over its over 40-year history, EPS graduated over 2,500 students. For over 33 years, until 2010, EPS had a site in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Graduates of EPS had training in theology, scripture, liturgy, and other church-related disciplines. Graduates went on to work in religious education, liturgy, ministry to the aging and the terminally ill, social justice, family life, and prison ministry.

I served as an adjunct faculty member at EPS in Washington from 2009-10 and taught theology courses for college-educated adult students in the areas of Christology and Trinitarian theology in an interactive format involving lecture and periods of questions and answers along with student presentations based on a final paper. In these papers, students were asked to respond to a pastoral situation by applying knowledge learned from the course.

The program concluded its 40 years of service to the Archdiocese of Washington in 2010.

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