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Print Issue: January 5, 1967
Father Foust Given Grant To Work On Pilot Program
Father Conald Foust, assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Church, is one of six ministers in the United States who will set up a pilot program for continuing theological education for ministers already in the field.
Father Foust has received a $1,000 grant from the Protestant Episcopal Seminary in Virginia to take part in the program which will run from April 3 to May 12 at Alexandria, Va. He is the only Catholic priest chosen. The other five ministers will be Lutheran, Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist and Presbyterian. The Presbyterian minister is the Rev. Robert McMullen of Atlanta.
Dr. Bennett J. Sims, associate dean of the seminary, told Father Foust the ministers will devise a pilot program for a radical theology for ecumenism. Dr. Sims said the ministers will not work from a fixed blueprint, but will devise and shape the course. He called the ministers theological guinea pigs.
Father Foust said, Our focus of study will be the dynamics of change in personal, ecclesiastical and social terms. We will draw upon the theological resources of the seminary and upon the sociological and political resources of the nations capital.