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  • An examination of the Psalms and Wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiates, Song of Solomon, Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach) of ancient Israel and the historical period in which they developed. Special attention is given to the liturgical and catechetical use of the Psalms and Proverbs in the Early Church, the problem of evil in the book of Job, and the historical period as described in the books of Joshua through 1 Kings.

  • This course accentuates God’s revelation both in creation and to the Patriarchs and Moses. It reviews the creation accounts in Genesis in light of God the Creator, man’s creation in the image and likeness of God, and marriage. It examines the Fall and the biblical notion of sin, and presents an introduction to the Pentateuch and its biblical theology.

  • This course focuses on the historical setting of the Pauline Epistles in the apostolic period as described in Acts of the Apostles. Viewed through this historical window, the Pauline Epistles spring to life, and the purpose of composition, unifying themes, and unique character of each become clear.

  • A study of John’s gospel and epistles, the Book of revelation and the Catholic Epistles, emphasizing the influence of the Old Testament on this literature as well as the historical setting of composition, especially in regard to the heresies of the Judaizers and gnostics, and the persecutions of Christianity under the Roman empire in the latter half of the first century.  This emphasis in study transports the modern reader back into the world of the early Church, making these books, along with the rest of the New Testament, come alive today in the modern world.

  • A study of the history of prophecy in Israel: the prophets, their role in the development of salvation history, and their biblical theology. An emphasis is given to the prophet’s role in calling the Israelites to covenant fidelity, purity of worship of Yahweh, and authentic liturgical celebration.

  • An examination of the Psalms and Wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiates, Song of Solomon, Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach) of ancient Israel and the historical period in which they developed. Special attention is given to the liturgical and catechetical use of the Psalms and Proverbs in the Early Church, the problem of evil in the book of Job, and the historical period as described in the books of Joshua through 1 Kings.

  • A presentation of the Catholic Church’s great tradition of social justice doctrine, focusing on the major papal and conciliar documents since Pope Leo XIII. Special attention is given to teachings about the family, the political and economic spheres of society, war, education, and the international community.

  • This course examines the biblical roots and theological tradition of the study of the human person; the origins of mankind and the nature of the human person as a free and acting subject; Jesus Christ as the archetype and perfection of humanity; the concept of man and woman as image of God; the unity in sexual difference and the nuptial meaning of the body. The course will also examine briefly the question of the end of man and the relationship between nature and grace.

  • A study of the nature of virtue and the types of virtue continuing with a focus on the particular virtues: the four cardinal virtues with their related virtues, and the three theological virtues. The course is based on the Summa Theologiae II of St. Thomas Aquinas and involves close examination and discussion of the texts. The aim of the course is to revive an authentically Thomistic ethics based on the human person.

  • Moral and canonical issues related to procreation and the care of human life, including fornication, homosexual acts, contraception, sterilization, natural family planning, the prophylactic use of condoms, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, cloning, embryo adoption/rescue, abortion/craniotomy, ectopic pregnancies, organ transplantation, “permanent vegetative states,” end-of-life issues, euthanasia, brain death, and the mission and identity of Catholic health care institution.

  • This course explores the purpose and foundations of evangelization and catechesis and the practical processes of the presentation and proclamation of the Faith. Included are a study of human development, natural, moral and spiritual; a survey of evangelization and catechetical methods available for various age groups, levels of spiritual development, and situations; including methods and models for parish evangelization programs, RCIA, sacramental preparation, Bible studies, adult education, retreats, etc. Also included are religious education models, effective public speaking, and use of social media in evangelization.

  • The theology and history of evangelization and catechesis; the methods, models and experiences of evangelization and catechesis from Biblical times throughout the history of the Church; the teachings and normative directives of the Church on evangelization and catechesis.

  • This course focuses on the practical principles and parameters necessary to run any successful parish or diocesan program in evangelization and/or catechesis, in areas such as religious education, youth ministry, adult education, parish evangelization, and RCIA. It includes planning, budgeting, hiring, time management, legal issues, record keeping, managing meetings, assessment of instructional materials, program assessment, and catechetical methods & models.

  • This course explores the purpose and foundations of evangelization and catechesis and the practical processes of the presentation and proclamation of the Faith. Included are a study of human development, natural, moral and spiritual; a survey of evangelization and catechetical methods available for various age groups, levels of spiritual development, and situations; including methods and models for parish evangelization programs, RCIA, sacramental preparation, Bible studies, adult education, retreats, etc. Also included are religious education models, effective public speaking, and use of social media in evangelization.

  • The liturgical and sacramental life of the Church, including the meaning of sacrament, their institution by Jesus Christ and their efficacy, with special attention to the Eucharist. Also includes the Prayer of the Church, the Liturgical Cycle, and sacramentals.

  • a survey of the history of the Church from its Apostolic origins through the Middle Ages, with special emphasis on theological issues and the contributions of the Church to culture and civilization. Includes the development of the early Church, major councils of the Church, the Monastic tradition, the Eastern Schism, the rise of Islam, and the Crusades.

  • A survey of the history of the Church from the High Middle Ages to the present time, with special emphasis on theological issues and the contributions of the Church to culture and civilization. Includes the Renaissance, Reformation, the Catholic Counter-reformation, the evangelization of the New World, the scientific revolution and Enlightenment, up to the Second Vatican Council.

  • A study of the Eastern and Western Fathers of the Church, with emphasis on their contributions to Church doctrine, morals and the spiritual life, including their historical context and the significance of these early Christian writings for the contemporary Church.

  • This course seeks to impart knowledge of the crusading movement from the 11th – 17th centuries with particular emphasis on exploring the modern myths surrounding the Crusades and providing an authentic response. The Crusades are presented primarily as “armed pilgrimages” driven by a holy zeal to liberate conquered Christian lands, and as an organic and integral movement in the life of the Catholic Church. Finally, the course presents a narrative history of the crusading epoch in Church history by focusing on the persons, places and events that shaped this fascinating period of history. (available online Fall 2016)

  • The purpose and beauty of the Johannine text is examined in light of the Catholic Faith; included are the Fourth Gospel’s complementary role to the Synoptic Gospels, its significance for Trinitarian dogma, its contribution to sacramental theology, its value for Christological research, its place in the devotional life, and the unique role of the  Blessed Virgin Mary in redemption.

  • This exegesis of the action-filled Gospel of St. Mark highlights the doctrinal and spiritual truths within the text and examines such themes as the New Exodus of the New Covenant, the Messiah as “Servant,” the miracles that disclose Christ’s deity, the real humanity of the Son of God, his justice and mercy to sinners, the opposition between Jesus and the devil, the Last Supper within the economy of salvation, and the vivid accounts of the Savior’s Passion, Resurrection and Ascension.

  • A more advanced course in ecclesiastical Latin, building on the introductory-level course, and aimed at a more proficient reading knowledge of Latin as used in the Liturgy, Scripture, and theological writings. Must be taken for credit, may not be audited. The credits earned do not count towards the Master of Arts degree.

  • The reasonable explanation and defense of the Catholic Faith utilizing Scripture, theology, Church history, and philosophy to explain Catholic beliefs and practices, such as Tradition, the Papacy, justification, the divinity of Christ, miracles, the problem of evil, the Real Presence, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Catholic moral teachings. The course especially focuses on controversial points of Catholic doctrine and their rationale, those teachings which are most often misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

  • A survey of the books of the New Testament as the fulfillment of the old covenant epoch, including the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Corpus, the Catholic Epistles, and the Apocalypse of St. John.

  • This course is a survey of the historical, wisdom, and prophetical books of the Old Testament seen as a preparation for the New Testament era, including the revelatory stages of salvation history, the importance of Biblical typology, and the function of fulfilled prophecy.

  • A study of Thomas Aquinas’s metaphysics and philosophy of man, based on the Summa Theologiae, including the proofs of the existence of God; the relations between essence and esse in creatures and in God; the attributes of God; human nature; man’s knowledge, emotions and will; the spirituality, subsistence and immortality of the human soul; the union of soul and body, and man as a person.

  • An introduction to the doctrine of God, the Triune Creator, especially from the theological perspective of St. Thomas Aquinas. The course includes the existence of God and the divine attributes; our ability to know and speak about God; God’s knowledge, will, creative action and providence; the patristic development of Trinitarian dogma; the processions and personal relations within the Godhead; the divine persons considered with respect to the one divine essence and to each other; and the external divine missions. This course combines historical and systematic methods in a sustained engagement with primary sources, especially Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae I.

  • A study of the fundamental principles of moral theology in light of the revelation of God’s law and the grace of Christ, including the nature and end of morality, the vocation to beatitude, freedom and the morality of human acts, moral conscience, infused habits, the nature of sin, the commandments and the natural law, the question of moral absolutes, and an examination of some contemporary trends in moral theology.

  • An introduction to the mystery of the Incarnation from the perspectives of Scripture, patristic theology and St. Thomas Aquinas. Topics include the nature and method of Christology, the ‘quests’ of the historical Jesus, OT foreshadowings of the Incarnation and Jesus in the NT, the patristic development of Christology, the motive for the Incarnation, the personal union of Christ’s divine and human natures, the human nature assumed by the Word, and the theological implications of the union of natures, including the unity of Christ’s being and operations . This course combines historical and systematic methods in an engagement with the first nineteen questions of Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae III.

  • A survey of the books of the New Testament as the fulfillment of the old covenant epoch, including the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Corpus, the Catholic Epistles, and the Apocalypse of St. John.

  • A study of some of the false philosophies of man and God, especially in so far as these form the intellectual basis for the errors and shortcomings in contemporary popular thought and in Biblical exegesis, with a critique of these theories and a comparison of them with the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

  • This course is a survey of the historical, wisdom, and prophetical books of the Old Testament seen as a preparation for the New Testament era, including the revelatory stages of salvation history, the importance of Biblical typology, and the function of fulfilled prophecy.

  • A study of the Person of the Holy Spirit, both within the Trinity and within the mystery of the Church, as expressed in Scripture and Tradition. Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes receive particular attention. The Blessed Virgin Mary, grace, and the universal call to holiness are also studied in relation to the mystery of the Church.

  • An introduction to the Latin language aimed at achieving a basic competency in reading Ecclesiastical Latin, including resources and techniques for effective learning of Latin, the Latin case system, the five main cases of the first three declensions, all six verb tenses in the active and passive voices of the indicative mood, and complex sentences and subordination, and several Latin prayers. This course may be taken on a pass/fail basis and does not count as graduate credit toward the MA degree. Must be taken for credit, not audited. The credits earned do not count towards the Master of Arts degree.

  • An introduction to the graduate-level study of theology.  It treats comprehensively the meaning of theology, its various disciplines, major methods and basic terminology.   Areas of focus are Divine Revelation and the characteristics of the human response, clarifying distinctions between faith and reason and between Scripture and Tradition, doctrine and its development, liturgy, ecclesiology, and the Magisterium.

  • The Catechist Formation Program is designed to form teachers in the Faith, and to help them become effective evangelizers and catechists. The courses examine in a comprehensive way the teachings of the Catholic Church, with emphasis on the Scriptural citations that ground our beliefs. The course also references the saints and early Church Fathers, suggests ways to communicate the Faith to various age groups, and relates catechesis to the New Evangelization. This course covers the second and third parts, on the liturgy and sacraments of the Church and on the moral life.

  • The Catechist Formation Program is designed to form teachers in the Faith, and to help them become effective evangelizers and catechists. The courses examine in a comprehensive way the teachings of the Catholic Church, with emphasis on the Scriptural citations that ground our beliefs. The course also references the saints and early Church Fathers, suggests ways to communicate the Faith to various age groups, and relates catechesis to the New Evangelization. The first course in the catechist formation program covers Part 1 of the Catechism, on the Creed, and Part 4 on prayer.


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