Mr. Tyler Graham, Class of 2010
Humanities Instructor, Donahue Classical Academy, Ave Maria, FL
"During my time in the IPT, I came to see how much the Church wants holiness; she tirelessly proclaims the truth open to both faith and reason, and roots her arguments in common sense, using deductive principles to draw out conclusions from revealed truth. The three year journey through IPT helped me unpack the meaning and importance of the Rosary, Eucharistic adoration, active participation in Mass, frequent reception of the sacraments (especially Confession), and the proper philosophical and theological context in which I could understand the call to holiness in everyday acts - especially in my vocation to marriage and fatherhood.
Although I started the program hoping to answer some specific theological questions that had emerged in my teaching high school, I was amazed at how many connections the program allowed me to make with the whole of teaching: in all of the humanities - even math and sciences. I found my discussions on Dante's Inferno and geometric proofs to have a new edge, depth, and liveliness than before. Above all, the message of the divine pedagogy, from which the discipline of pastoral theology gains much force and "exemplary causality," has appeared to me in a new and more brilliant light. I am a teacher, and Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd (or Pastor), is my model, my guide, my cause and my end. Every good act of teaching is an expression of the lived experience of the doctrines of pastoral theology."