Asynchronous Online Courses
(Available May 11 – August 15)
THEO 604/Moral Theology
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.
THEO 605/Liturgy and Sacraments
This course is devoted to a study of the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church encompassing the historical, theological and canonical developments of the sacraments, and situating them in their relation to the entirety of the liturgy as a celebration of Christ and his Church.
SCRI 607/New Testament
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.
THEO 721/The Virtues
A study of the nature of virtue and the types of virtue continuing with a focus on the particular virtues, specifically, 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.
SCRI 711/Pauline Epistles & Acts of the Apostles
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 unifying themes, unique character and the purposes of their composition become clear.
6 Week MA Residential Program Courses
Offered in Front Royal (June 22 – August 1)
Please visit our MA Residential Program webpage for more information.
PHIL 603/Philosophical Errors | Dr. Daniel Gutschke
Mondays, Tuesdays: 8:45 – 11:15 am
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.
THEO 602/Christology | Dr. RJ Matava
Mondays, Tuesdays: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
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.
HIST 611/Church History, Part II | Dr. Donald Prudlo
Mondays 6:30 -9:00 pm; Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:45 – 11:15 am
*This course will be four weeks long instead of six.
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/Catholic Social Teachings | Dr. Joseph Arias
Wednesdays, Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
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.
SCRI 701/The Prophets | Dr. Andrew Montanaro
Thursdays 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Fridays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
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.
EDUC 602/The Catechetical Tradition | TBD
Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Thursdays, 8:45 – 11:15 am
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.
Vita Consecrata Institute
Please visit our Vita Consecrata Institute webpage for more information.
SESSION I: June 29 – July 10
SPIR 630 The Spiritual Life | Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.
This course covers the universal call to holiness, the stages of the spiritual life, the role of Christ and the Church in the spiritual life, the supernatural organism and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, personal vocation, and the four essential means to perfection, namely, the sacraments, the life of prayer, self-denial and asceticism, and charity working through the virtues. It also treats the secondary means to Christian perfection.
CONL 621 History of the Consecrated Life | Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.PRAEM.
An overview of the development of the consecrated life over the centuries showing the Apostolic origins and the growth of consecrated life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit working through founders, saints, and the Magisterium; includes examination of extra-biblical sources with special emphasis on early monastic and Patristic sources.
SPIR 803 Heart Speaks to Heart | Fr. Alphonsus Hermes, O.PRAEM.
This course will examine the formation of the heart according to human nature. The course will clarify what it means to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We will explore the impact of family dynamics on our understanding of “love,” and how our relationships – especially in communities – can help to heal and transform our hearts.
SESSION II (July 13 – July 24)
SPIR 631 Sacraments in the Spiritual Life | Fr. William FitzGerald, O.PRAEM.
This course examines the Sacraments as essential means to Christian perfection, looking at each of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation and how they insert one into the Paschal Mystery of the Lord. Also treated are the Sacrament of Penance as a means of overcoming sin and attachments and growing in virtue, and the various Christian states of life as concrete ways of living the universal call to holiness.
SPIR 802 Philosophy of Man | Fr. Anselm Rodriguez, O.PRAEM.
This course is an introduction to the philosophy of human nature, as found in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. Our systematic study will begin with a general introduction to Philosophy and end with an introduction to Christian Anthropology, but the bulk of our time will be spent answering the crucial question “What is man?”. This course is beneficial on both the natural and supernatural planes, for we can better understand how grace brings about our spiritual perfection if we grasp the underlying human nature.
CONL 803 The “-isms” Today, How They Affect Religious Life and Our Response To Them | Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.PRAEM.
This course will describe the philosophy behind the various “-isms” present in our culture today and how they affect religious life, and what is our response to them as religious.
Classical Language Institute
Please visit the Classical Language Institute’s webpage for full details.
- Intensive Latin Part 1 with the Polis Institute (two levels)
June 22–July 10. Register through the Polis Institute.
- Intensive Latin Part 2 with Dr. Andrew Beer
July 13–July 31; Monday–Friday, 8:45–11:15 a.m.
- Intensive Greek Part 1 with the Polis Institute (three levels)
June 22–July 10. Register through the Polis Institute.
- Intensive Greek Part 2 with Dr. Kevin Tracy
July 13–July 31; Monday–Friday, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
- Intensive Biblical Hebrew with Mr. David Owen
June 22–July 31; Monday–Friday, 6:30–9:00 p.m.
- Advanced Latin: St. Augustine’s Confessions with Dr. Andrew Beer
June 22–July 31; Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00–3:30 p.m.