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Enrichment Opportunity for
Catholic Adults and Young Adults
Our popular summer and winter Cellar
programs offer Catholic adults and young adults an opportunity to
learn and grow in a comfortable, familiar environment at the
Cellar Lounge in downtown Waterloo.
We choose presenters from among
pastors and pastoral leaders on both the
local and diocesan level. We ask them to address a variety of
interesting and important issues which shape the lives of
Catholic adults and young adults in the Church today.
Presenters and participants alike
appreciate the relaxed and informal atmosphere which contributes to a
stimulating combination of presentation and discussion.
Food and beverages are available before, during and after the
Cellar programs are free and open to
the public. No pre-registration.
are held at
The Cellar Lounge
320 East Fourth Street Downtown Waterloo
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The Cellar Lounge is located on the lower
level of CU Restaurant.
Access and parking is available in the rear.
Access is limited for
individuals who are physically handicapped.
[CU Restaurant and The Cellar accept
This year's summer series continues our focus on the Year of
Faith with a series of reflections on the primary assertions of
the Nicene (or Niceno-Constantinopolitan) Creed, which
has been the foundational creed of Christian churches in both
the east and west since it was written by the first two
ecumenical councils in the fourth century. Although
younger than the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed
is more explicit and more detailed (cf. Catechism of the
Catholic Church, #196).
In launching the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI said its goal is to rediscover the content of the faith that is professed,
celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of
faith, ... a task that every believer must make his own.
June 18, 2013
I believe in
one God, the Father
almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth...
Dr. Mary Ducey
This is the first and
most fundamental affirmation of the Christian faith. "The
whole Creed speaks of God, and when it also speaks of man and of
the world it does so in relation to God. The other
articles of the Creed all depend on the first...." (Catechism
of the Catholic Church, 199)
Dr. Mary Ducey is professor of philosophy at Mount Mercy University
in Cedar Rapids where she teaches Greek Philosophy, Ethics and
Critical Thinking. Dr. Ducey has a BA degree from Maryville
College, an MA degree from St. Louis University and a PhD from
the Catholic University of America, where she specialized in the
thought of Aristotle and Aquinas. Prior to joining the Mount
Mercy faculty in 1994 she taught at St. Louis University, the Catholic
University of America, Avila College, Rockhurst College, and
Webster College. She enjoys gardening, needlework, following the St. Louis Cardinals, and
being nvolved in her parish. Dr. Ducey is a member of All Saints Parish in
Cedar Rapids, where she serves on the Faith Formation
July 9, 2013
I believe in
one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only begotten son of God....
Presented by Fr. Dennis Colter
"We believe and confess that Jesus of Nazareth...is the eternal
Son of God made man. He 'came from God,' 'descended from
heaven,' and 'came in the flesh.' For 'the Word became flesh and
dwelt among us, full of grace and truth....'" (Catechism of
the Catholic Church, 423)
Fr. Dennis Colter is pastor of St. Patrick
Parish in Cedar Falls. Fr. Colter was born in Waterloo and attended Catholic schools there. He received a BA degree in
Classical Studies from Loras College; an MA degree in
theology from Louvain University in Belgium and S.T.L. degree in
Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas
Aquinas in Rome. He was ordained in 1966 and served in various parishes and high schools in the
Archdiocese of Dubuque. He earned further degrees from Fordham
University in New York, Xavier University in Cincinnati, and the Angelicum in Rome. Fr.
Colter has also served as Vocation Director for the Archdiocese
and was a professor of theology at Loras College. He was
appointed pastor of St. Patrick Parish in
July 16, 2013
I believe in
the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of Life...
Fr. Marvin Mottet
"...[T]o be in touch
with Christ, we must first have been touched by the Holy
Spirit.... Through his grace, the Holy Spirit is the first to
awaken faith in us and to communicate to us the new life, which
is to 'know the Father and the one whom he has sent, Jesus
Christ.'" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 683, 684.)
Fr. Marvin Mottet
native of Ottumwa, Iowa, who was
ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Davenport in 1956.
He has a Masters in Social Work from the University of
Iowa and has completed advanced studies at the Dominican House
of Studies in River Forest, IL; the Center for Intercultural
Formation in Cuernavaca, Mexico; and the University of Notre
Dame. Fr. Mottet was founding director of the Davenport
Diocese's Social Action Department and National Director of the
U.S. Catholic Bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Prior to his retirement he served for many years as pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.
July 24, 2013
I believe in
catholic and apostolic church...
Presented by Dr. Jacquelyne Witter
"...[T]he article of
faith about the Church depends entirely on the articles
concerning Christ Jesus. The Church has no other light
than Christ's; according to a favorite image of the Church
Fathers, the Church is like the moon, all its light reflected
from the sun." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 748)
Witter has over 25 years experience as a teacher, presenter, retreat
leader and spiritual director. Her areas of expertise are
spirituality, ministry, liturgy and catechesis. She designs and facilitates days of reflection, retreats,
and parish missions, as well as professional and volunteer staff development and
training opportunities. She is the founding director of Illuminare,
program which provided pastoral formation and spiritual
renewal for lay ecclesial ministers. She is an adjunct faculty member at the
University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and has served as an
instructor in graduate and undergraduate programs at St. Johns
University in Collegeville, Minnesota and Mount Marty College in
Yankton, South Dakota. She has a Masters Degree in Theology
from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters Degree in
Religious Education and a doctorate in Leadership from the
University of St. Thomas. Her doctoral dissertation was on the
leadership qualities of Pope John XXIII.
August 5, 2013
forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the
world to come...
Presented by Fr. Tom McDermott
"The Christian who
unites his own death to that of Jesus views it as a step towards
him and an entrance into everlasting life. When the Church
for the last times speaks Christ's words of pardon and
absolution over the dying Christian,...she speaks with gentle
assurance...." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1020)
McDermott is pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Waterloo.
He grew up in rural Dubuque County and studied farm operations at Iowa State
University. He farmed on his grandfather's farm for eleven
years before attending St. Mary Seminary and University in
Baltimore where he earned his Masters of Divinity and MA in
Theology. Fr. McDermott was ordained in 1997 and has served as
associate pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Dubuque and St.
Edward Parish in Waterloo and as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish
in Maquoketa and St. Ludmilla Parish in Cedar Rapids. He
was appointed pastor of Blessed Sacrament in 2011. He has
an MA degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University
in Omaha. He has served as chair of the Archdiocesan
Priests Council and currently serves on the Priests Pension
Board, Seminary Review Board, St. Raphael Priests Fund Board and
Priests Personnel Board. Fr. McDermott is the pastors'
representative on the Waterloo Catholic Faith Formation
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Last Update: 05.28.13