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each, for a total of five weeks of study. They were challenged—yet intellectually invigorated—during the 2016 summer term by plunging into the coursework of Models of Evangelization: Historical and Contemporary; Theological Anthropology; Virtue Ethics and the New Evangelization; the Letters of St. Paul and the New Evangelization; and Theology of the Cross. Sacred Heart’s rector, Msgr. Todd Lajiness, calls the STL educational experience “one-of-a-kind,” as it combines “deep theological and spiritual exploration together with practical application.” The experience of students has already shown, he says, that the program “nourishes the men intellectually and spiritually” and so “enhances the witness and leadership they provide when they return to their parishes.” “The unique strength of our program,” says the rector, “is that priests encounter some of the best scholarship in the world regarding the New Evangelization and also interact personally with practitioners who have been and are currently ‘in the field.’” The faculty members who taught this summer were Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Dr. Mark Latkovic, Dr. Ralph Martin, Dr. Michael McCallion, Fr. John McDermott, SJ, and Dr. Peter Williamson. At the same time, the summer session is an occasion of rewarding collegiality among fellow priest-students. They share meals together, celebrate Mass together, support each other in their studies, and even enjoy a barbecue as a group with Archbishop Allen Vigneron at his residence. Many of the men find time to jump in a car to catch a Tigers baseball game or explore the cultural attractions of Detroit and the surrounding area. Breathing in the Faith Three priest-students who attended their first residency session this summer shared some thoughts about their experience. Fr. Frederico Dundas, an Argentinian stationed at a parish in Uruguay, is a priest of the St. John Society, a religious community whose main focus is the New Evangelization. Father says that without Sacred Heart’s unique blended format program, “It would not have been possible for me to complete the years of study,” since he, like most priests, ca