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CAMPUS COURSES (26 June – 5 August)

Front Royal

SCRI 606: Old Testament (Professor Daniel Garland)
Mon & Fri, 8:45 – 11:15 am
A survey of the historical, wisdom, and prophetical books of the Old Testament as a preparation for the New Testament era.  Includes the revelatory stages of salvation history, the importance of Biblical typology, and the function of fulfilled prophecy.

THEO 603: Holy Spirit & Ecclesiology (Professor Joseph Arias)
Mon & Thurs, 1 – 3:30 pm
A study of the Person of the Holy Spirit, both within the Trinity and with the mystery of the Church, as expressed in Scripture and Tradition.  Magisterial documents such as Mystici Corporis Christi, Suprema haec sacra, and Lumen Gentium receive particular attention.  Also studied in detail are the properties and marks of the Church, the privileged role of the Mother of God in the Church, and the universal call to holiness.

THEO 712: Patristics (Dr. R.J. Matava)
Tues & Wed, 1 – 3:30 pm
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 their lives and writings for the contemporary Church.

THEO 720: Theological Anthropology (Rev. Paul deLadurantaye)
Tues, 6:30–9 pm; Wed, 8:45–11:15 am
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.

EDUC 603: Catechetical Norms & Methods (Prof. David Wallace)
Tues & Thurs, 8:45 – 11:15 am
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.

EDUC 801: Teaching Natural Law through Classic Film (Dr. Onalee McGraw)
Mon & Thurs, 6:30 – 9 pm
Through classic cinema, the study of selected readings, group discussion and analysis, students integrate the film study of dialogue, direction and performance with Catholic philosophical anthropology in the tradition of Thomas Aquinas, Jacques Maritain and John Paul II. Each film provides a case study in the meaning of life and the human condition.

GREEK 501: Introduction to Greek (Dr. Andrew Beer)
Tues & Fri, 1 – 3:30 pm
An introductory course aimed at a reading knowledge of Greek especially as used in Scripture, classical and patristic sources. This course focuses on the vocabulary, forms, and syntax of classical, biblical and patristic Greek as a living language. Must be taken for credit, not audited.

Vita Consecrata Institute, Session 1 (July 3 – 14)


SPIR 634: The Virtues in the Spiritual Life (Rev. Brian Mullady, O.P.)
(daily 9:30 – 11:45 am)
This course examines the key moral virtues for successful living the consecrated life. These virtues are first summarized in general, then particular virtues are treated such as: prudence, religion, magnanimity, patience, and perseverance, etc.—and how to develop them in fidelity to a rule of life. The intention is to show that the consecrated life is both a call and a means to heroic virtue.

CONL 623: Scriptural Foundations of the Consecrated Life (Rev. Gregory Dick, O.Praem.)
(daily 3 – 5:15 pm)
This course will examine the Scriptural foundations of the consecrated life as found in the Gospels and other New Testament writings, especially those of St. Paul.


Vita Consecrata Institute, Session 2, (July 17 – 28)


CONL 719: Ecclesiology and the Consecrated Life (Rt. Rev. Eugene Hayes, O.Praem.)
(daily 9:30 – 11:45 am)
This course presents the ecclesiology of Vatican II, and an examination of the nature of renewal and the ecclesiology of communion. The topics covered serve as a basis for developing an ecclesial spirituality that emphasizes the universal call to holiness and the need for all the baptized, but especially those in the consecrated life, to participate in the life and mission of the Church.

CONL 625: Consecrated Life and Vatican II (Rev. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.)
(daily 3 – 5:15 pm)
This course examines the documents of Vatican II, along with the post-Conciliar teaching on consecrated life, especially that of Pope St. John Paul II, including Redemptionis Donum and Vita Consecrata.


ONLINE COURSES (15 May – 22 August)


ASYNCHRONOUS (PRERECORDED) ONLINE:THEO 590 ONLINE: Introduction to Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
This introduction to the graduate-level study of theology 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, relationships between faith and reason, Scripture and Tradition, doctrine and its development, and the roles of the Magisterium and the theologian in the Church. Special attention is also given to the history of theology, with particular emphasis on the patristic, medieval, and post-Vatican II periods. Prerequisite for all M.A. and Diploma students unless exempt because of prior theological study; the credits earned do not count towards the Master of Arts degree.

THEO 601 ONLINE: God the Father (Dr. Robert Matava)
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.

THEO 724 ONLINE: Sexual & Biomedical Ethics (Prof. Joseph Arias)
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.

PHIL 602 ONLINE: Philosophy of God & Man (Dr. Kristin Burns)
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.

SCRI 602 ONLINE: The Pentateuch (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
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.

SCRI 701 ONLINE: The Prophets (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
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.

HIST 610 ONLINE: Church History I (Dr. Donald Prudlo)
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.

EDUC 604 ONLINE: Methods of Catechesis & Evangelization (Prof. David Wallace)
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.



 THEO 606 ONLINE: Apologetics  (Dr. R.J. Matava)
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 Real Presence, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Communion of Saints.

HIST 700 ONLINE: The Crusades (Prof. Steve Weidenkopf)
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.

SCRI 608 ONLINE: Biblical Apologetics (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
This course examines how to defend the Faith from the text of the Bible, and to show the errors, from the text of the Bible, of the various Protestant heresies.  The course includes lectures on the most common biblical apologetic subjects and topics of debate, and a seminar-style study of the actual dynamics that go into the debate, with in-class exercises and practice to develop the student into an efficient and successful defender of the Faith and evangelist of the Gospel of Christ.

SCRI 702 ONLINE: The Psalms and Wisdom Literature (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
An examination of the Psalms and Wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, 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.

SCRI 710 ONLINE: The Johannine Corpus (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
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.

SCRI 711 ONLINE: The Pauline Epistles & Acts of the Apostles (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
A study of the Pauline Epistles and Acts of the Apostles.  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 their purpose of composition, unifying themes, and unique character become clear.

SCRI 723 ONLINE: The Gospel of St. John (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
The purpose and beauty of the Johannine text are 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.

SCRI 724 ONLINE: Gospel of Mark (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
This exegesis of the action-filled Gospel of St. Mark highlights the doctrinal and spiritual truths within the text and examines such themes such 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.

SUMMER 2017 Booklist

All books, unless otherwise noted, can be purchased at:



Graduate credit tuition: $380/credit – $365/credit for religious
Audit tuition: $140/credit – $105/credit for religious, seniors, catechists

REGISTRATION FEE: $100 per student
(early registration  – at least one month before the semester starts –  $50)

TECHNOLOGY FEE: $100 per online course

Admissions fee: $100
Course Reactivation fee: $300
Directed (Independent) Study fee: $300
Comprehensive Exam fee: $100
Graduation fee: $150

ROOM & BOARD: $1650/six-week session; $585/two-week session