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Fall 2017

 (5 September – 16 December)


*SCRI 606: Old Testament (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
Saturdays, 10 am – 12 pm
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.
* Students must complete Old Testament before taking New Testament.

THEO 590:  Introduction to Theology  (Prof. Joseph Arias)
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
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 603: Holy Spirit & Ecclesiology (Professor Joseph Arias)
Thursdays, 5 – 7 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)
Tuesdays, 5 – 7 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)
Wednesdays, 5 – 7 pm
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 Program Administration (Prof. David Wallace)
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
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.




*SCRI 607 LIVE ONLINE: New Testament (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
Fridays, 2 – 4 pm EST
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.
* Students must complete Old Testament before taking New Testament.

SCRI 702 LIVE ONLINE: The Psalms and Wisdom Literature (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
Mondays, 5 – 7 pm EST
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.



THEO 602 ONLINE: Christology (Dr. Robert Matava)
An introduction to the mystery of the Incarnation, from the perspectives of Scripture, patristic theology and St. Thomas Aquinas. Course includes the nature and method of Christology, the ‘quests’ for the historical Jesus, foreshadowings of the Incarnation and Jesus in the Old Testament, 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, the theological implications of the union of natures, the Paschal Mystery and our redemption. This course combines historical and systematic methods in an engagement with Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae III.

THEO 604 ONLINE: Moral Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias) 
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.

PHIL 603 ONLINE: Philosophical Errors (Dr. Kristin Burns)
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.

*SCRI 606: Old Testament (Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD)
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. 
* Students must complete Old Testament before taking New Testament.

HIST 611 ONLINE: Church History II (Dr. Donald Prudlo)
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.

THEO 802 ONLINE: Catholic Social Teachings (Rev. Paul deLadurantaye)
This course examines the role of the Church in society and focuses 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, the international community, and the Holy See’s unique contributions on the world stage.  The sacredness of life, the dignity of man, his creation in the image of God, and his personhood are emphasized as foundational to social morality.

EDUC 602 ONLINE: Catechetical Tradition (Prof. David Wallace)
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. 

LATN 501 ONLINE: Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. Robert Matava)
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.



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 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.


FALL 2017 Booklist

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Graduate credit tuition: $390/credit – $375/credit for religious
Audit tuition: $145/credit – $110/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