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FALL 2019

Onsite Courses (September 3 – December 14)

*Asterisked courses will be live-streamed.
Please note that all course meeting times are in Eastern Time.

*THEO 712/HIST 501: Patristics (Dr. R.J Matava)
Mondays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 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 606: Apologetics (Dr. Kevin Jones)
Mondays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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.

*HEBR 501: Biblical Hebrew (Dr. Andrew Montanaro)
Tuesdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This course is the first of a two-part introduction to biblical Hebrew, the original language for most of the Old Testament. It covers the alphabet, writing system, nouns/adjectives, pronominal suffixes, and the tenses for each binyan or “stem” for Hebrew verbs. This course is ordered toward long-term retention through consistent vocabulary practice, experience reading and translating biblical texts, and a special emphasis on developing an understanding of the Hebrew language.

*SCRI 710: The Johannine Corpus (Dr. Andrew Montanaro)
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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 606: Old Testament (Dr. Andrew Montanaro)
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 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.

THEO 720: Theological Anthropology (Dr. Joseph Arias)
Wednesdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 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.

*THEO 603: Holy Spirit and Ecclesiology (Dr. Joseph Arias)
Thursdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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.  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.

SCRI 610: The Synoptic Gospels (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The course reflects on the meaning and content of the gospel genre in the New Testament. It highlights the relationship between the Synoptic Gospels and the Johannine Gospel. It also provides an in-depth study of Ss. Matthew, Mark, and Luke, as well as the Acts of the Apostles. Special emphasis is given to the Infancy Narratives, the Lord’s Supper, and his passion, death and glorious resurrection.  

*Asterisked courses will be live-streamed.

ONLINE COURSES (September 3 – December 14)

LIVE ONLINE: The asterisked onsite courses listed above will be live-streamed so that online students may join remotely. A list of these courses is also provided here:

1. THEO 712/HIST 501: Patristics (Dr. RJ Matava)
Mondays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

2. HEBR 501: Biblical Hebrew (Dr. Andrew Montanaro)
Tuesdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

3. SCRI 710: The Johannine Corpus (Dr. Andrew Montanaro)
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

4. SCRI 606: Old Testament (Dr. Andrew Montanaro)
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

5. THEO 603: Holy Spirit and Ecclesiology (Dr. Joseph Arias)
Thursdays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


EDUC 602: The Catechetical Tradition
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.

HIST 611: Church History II
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.

PHIL 603: Philosophical Errors
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 607: New Testament
A survey of the books of the New Testament, including the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, Pauline epistles and Johannine corpus, with a focus on canonical context. Attention is devoted to literary genres and to the historical settings within which the texts emerged and were first interpreted, with some exploration of hermeneutical issues. This 500-levelcourse is suitable for rising juniors and seniors.

SCRI 701: Prophets
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.

SCRI 702: Psalms and Wisdom Literature
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 uses 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 590: Introduction to Theology
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 for this 500-level course do not count toward the graduate-level theology credits required for the MA degree.

THEO 602: Christology
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: 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 802: Catholic Social Teaching
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.  


Fall 2019 List of Required Textbooks


REGISTRATION FEE: $100 per semester
(early registration – ends August 15th – $50)
No registrations will be accepted without the appropriate registration fee.

GRADUATE CREDIT TUITION: $410/credit – $395/course for religious
AUDIT TUITION: $155/course – $120/course for religious, seniors, catechists


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

All credit card payments are subjected to a 3% convenience fee.