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Published on Oct 21st, 2013 by Austin Keith | 0
The Popular Theology on Tap Series Begins in October for Young Adults

By Erin McGeever

The fall series of Theology on Tap is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights at the AIA Ale Works, 1 King Street in St. Augustine.  This fall series will focus on historical aspects of the Diocese of St. Augustine that are present in the St. Augustine area. Can you really be a part of the diocese without knowing at least some of its rich history?

October and November Schedule

October 8
Presenter: Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of St. Augustine
Topic:  Venerable Felix Varela and his importance to the Diocese of St. Augustine, and his cause for canonization.

October 22
Presenter: David Keegan, a seminarian of the Diocese of St. Augustine
Topic: Devotion to Our Lady of La Leche and the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine.

November 5
Presenter: Father Tom Willis, V.F.
Topic: The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Dating back to 1565, the Cathedral is the oldest parish of a permanent European settlement on the North American continent north of Mexico.

November 19
Presenters: Sisters of St. Joseph
Topic: The history of the Sisters of St. Joseph and their contribution to the people of the Diocese of St. Augustine.

The purpose of Theology on Tap can be seen in its history. The concept arose out of a series of conversations between a college student and his pastor at St. James Parish in Arlington Heights, Ill. The college student had many questions, including “why” do we, as Catholics, believe this?  What is our Catholic identity?  And what evolved the following summer was a six week series on “why.” Over a short period of time, the Archdiocese of Chicago formed a Young Adult Ministry Office under the direction of Father John Cusick and he was assisted by lay minister by the name of Kathy DeVries. 

What began as a simple six week series became what we now know as “Theology on Tap” through the work of Father Cusick and Kathy DeVries.

A question many people have asked about Theology on Tap is why a pub or bar? Very simply, a bar is a non-threatening environment where young adults are comfortable and where they can enjoy both the company of others, but also food and libation. “Faith in the public square” is a battle cry of advocates of the program. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington showed his humor when asked about his experience as a presenter at a Theology on Tap gathering in our capitol city, saying, “That’s the warmest welcome I’ve ever received in a pub…That’s the first welcome I’ve ever received in a pub.” 

Theology on Tap can be found in many of the dioceses and archdioceses not only in the United States, but also around the world. The Archdiocese of Chicago continues to be the leader, frequently offering “Taps” in six to eight bars per “pack series” simultaneously.

Currently in the Diocese of St. Augustine, through its Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry coordinates three to four packs a year. The office would love to expand to new locations in the coming year.

Click here for a [Informational flyer].  Please share it with your friends.  All young adults, ages 21-39, are welcome to attend either series or both. There is a small admission fee of $5 that helps offset the costs of the program.

For more information, email emcgeever@dosafl.com or call (904) 262-3200, ext. 118

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