Pediatrician Studies Theology

MA degree student Dr. Angelo P. Giardino is a pediatrician with a clinical focus in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital.

“I felt a call to study more about God's plan for us and what His Church expects of us in our faith walk,” Dr. Giardino says. “I searched for online programs and found that CDU had the programs and flexibility that I sought.”

Dr. Giardino, who holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D., lives in Houston with his wife Eileen and mother-in-law Margaret. He has completed the coursework for the Master's in Theology and is currently writing his Thesis.

“I spend a lot of time studying medicine and I feel led to spend a comparable amount of time studying my faith. I feel like CDU has provided me with a vehicle to study my faith [that] is rooted in the Church's teachings and the Word of God contained in the Sacred Scripture.”

“Knowing what I believe and what the basis of those teachings and beliefs is has helped me immensely,” he says.

The flexibility CDU offers was a must for Dr. Giardino. “I work full time and absolutely needed the asynchronous format where I could work on the courses when I had time during the day, weeks or months, etc.,” he says. “I could not fit a traditional face-to-face course format into my schedule.”

“CDU allowed me to grow and develop, form deep roots in the foundational documents and teachings of our Church, and I feel closer to Jesus Christ as a result of learning from the outstanding faculty at CDU,” he says.

When asked about his favorite coursework, Dr. Giardino says, “I enjoyed reading the documents related to Vatican II since that was so formative for me during elementary and high school.”

Dr. Giardino mentions CDU’s accomplished faculty as what he likes best about CDU. “The faculty is committed to sharing the truths of the Church's teachings, so I felt very comfortable in the learning environment.”

“I think most adults should take some CDU courses to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Church and our collective and personal faith in Jesus,” he says. “As the younger generation says, "CDU rocks!!"

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