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The study of religion is important to many people in many disciplines. Now, McNeese State, the Diocese of Lake Charles and Our Lady of Holy Cross in New Orleans have come together-- to offer undergraduate theology classes at the Catholic Student Center in Lake Charles.

As the news conference gets underway, Father Alan Trouille reads from the words of Cardinal Newman, the name sake for the Newman Club at the center.

"To learn to view things as they are and to understand how faith and reason stand to each other," he says.

The words reflect goals of the club at Our Lady of Good Counsel and Catholic Student Center and now, the venue is  also the center for catholic studies.

Bishop Glen John Provost of the Lake Charles Diocese, McNeese State President Dr. Philip Williams, and others, gathered to announce the agreement with our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans.  The Center will offer undergraduate religion classes.

"These types of agreements can be especially useful to students seeking academic paths where the ready transfer of credit can assist them in reaching specialized professional and career goals. We look forward to working with students taking courses at McNeese and Our lady of Holy Cross College as a result of this memorandum of understanding," said McNeese President Philip Williams.

"The courses offered are 'Introduction to Sacred Scripture,' 'Fundamentals of Catholicism,' 'Church History,' and 'The Catholic Novel.' They may be used as electives for some degree programs.

"Certain degrees allow for more or less credit in humanities to transfer and so it's important that they speak with their advisors at McNeese before scheduling," said Rev. Nathan Long.

Those attending included various priests and deacons who will help serve as faculty.  The classes are not just for college students.  Members of the community can also attend for a fee.

"We hope that this is an initiative that appeals to people on different backgrounds whether they're McNeese students registered, whether they are older members of the community that simply desire to deepen their knowledge of the faith.  They are welcome to take courses with us," said Long.

Other possible courses for the future include 'Faith and Reason,' and 'Moral Theology.' 
Registration forms will be available in April at various locations and the Diocese of Lake Charles web site.

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