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Summer 2018


*SCRI 607: New Testament (Professor Andrew Montanaro)
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9 pm, & Fridays, 1 – 3:30 pm
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.

THEO 604: Moral Theology (Professor Joseph Arias)
Mondays & Thursdays, 1 – 3:30 pm
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 & Sacraments (Fr. Paul deLadurantaye)
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9 pm, & Wednesdays, 8:45 – 11:15 am
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.

THEO 701: Theology of Grace (Dr. Robert Matava)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 1 – 3:30 pm
This course explores the Catholic doctrine of grace through Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and St Thomas Aquinas. Topics include the relation of law and grace, justification, divine/human cooperation, human participation in divine life, the relationship between nature and grace, sanctification, merit, and the divisions of grace.

THEO 721: Virtues (Dr. Kristin Burns)
Mondays & Thursdays, 8:45 – 11:15 am
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.

EDUC 802: Patristic Catechesis Seminar (Professor David Wallace)
Tuesdays & Fridays, 8:45 – 11:15 am
Engage in a seminar to read and discuss the important catechetical works (sermons, treatises, letters, and mystagogical writings) of some of the great Church Fathers and ecclesiastical writers: Cyril of Jerusalem, Ambrose of Milan, Augustine of Hippo, John Chrysostom, Theodore of Mopsuestia, and Rufinus of Aquileia. By examining these patristic catechetical works, the student seeks to encounter the living tradition of the Church for the benefit of catechesis and evangelization among the faithful of today.


GREEK 501/2: Intensive Greek (Dr. Kevin Tracy)
Mondays – Fridays, 1 – 3:30 pm
An introductory course aimed at a reading knowledge of ancient Greek as used in classical, biblical, and patristic sources—the course focuses on the vocabulary, forms, and syntax of ancient Attic Greek. It is the equivalent of an entire year of elementary ancient Greek. Students will be equipped to read biblical, classical, and patristic authors by its conclusion. The course will also offer opportunities for active (i.e. spoken) Greek, including both in-class exercises and a regular Greek lunch table. Must be taken for credit, not audited.  The credits earned do not count towards the Master of Arts degree.

LATN 501/2: Intensive Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. Andrew Beer)
Mondays – Fridays, 8:45 – 11:15 am
An introductory course aimed at a reading knowledge of Latin as used in classical,  biblical, and patristic sources—the course focuses on the vocabulary, forms, and syntax of the Latin language. It is the equivalent of an entire year of elementary Latin. Students will be equipped to read biblical, classical, and patristic authors by its conclusion. The course will also offer opportunities for active (i.e. spoken) Latin, including both in-class exercises and a regular Latin lunch table. Must be taken for credit, not audited. The credits earned do not count towards the Master of Arts degree.



SESSION 1 (July 2-13)

CONL 624: The Vows According to St. Thomas (Rev. Brian Mullady, O.P.)
Mondays – Fridays, 9:30 – 11:45 am

The course will present the rich scholastic tradition on the consecrated life as presented by St. Thomas Aquinas, examining questions in the Summa Theologiae as well as other works such as On the Perfection of the Spiritual Life and the Contra Retrahentes 2 credits.

SPIR 632: Christian Prayer & Contemplation (Rev. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.)
Mondays – Fridays, 3:00 – 5:15 pm
This course first looks at Christian prayer as it is treated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and then at the stages of growth in prayer as presented in the Interior Castles of St. Teresa of Avila. Given those two primary sources, it treats the foundational role of vocal prayer, in particular liturgical prayer, in the spiritual life; but the greater part of the course’s focus is on mental prayer, beginning with meditation and culminating in infused contemplation. The course presents prayer as an essential means to Christian perfection and illustrates how growth in the spiritual life is effected and manifested by growth in prayer. 2 credits. 

SESSION 2 (July 16 – 27)

SPIR 635: Spiritual Direction (Rev. Thomas Acklin, O.S.B. & Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B.)
Mondays – Fridays, 9:30 – 11:45 am
This course examines the place and importance of spiritual direction in the Christian spiritual life. It covers the role and limits of psychology and psychological counseling in spiritual development; the qualities that should be found in spiritual directors and those directed; the role of retreats and other religious experiences in spiritual direction; the difference between spiritual formation, spiritual counseling and spiritual direction; the discernment of spirits and vocational discernment; and the various schools of spirituality. It also provides practical advice for the ministry of spiritual direction. 2 credits. 

CONL 710: The Institutes & Conferences of St. John Cassian (Rev. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.)
Mondays – Fridays, 3:00 – 5:15 pm
This course will present the ancient monastic wisdom of the Desert Fathers as presented in the Institutes & Conferences of John Cassian and draw from them practical lessons for today. It is intended to convey the pristine spirit, fervor and teaching on the consecrated life as lived and taught by the Desert Fathers. 2 credits.


ONLINE COURSES (May 15 -August 11)


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.


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.

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 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.

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.

THEO 590 ONLINE:  Introduction to Theology  (Professor 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 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 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.


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 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.


REGISTRATION FEE: $100 per student
(early registration – up to 1 month before classes start – $50)
No registrations will be accepted without the appropriate registration fee.

GRADUATE CREDIT TUITION: $390/credit – $375/credit for religious
AUDIT TUITION: $145/credit – $110/credit for religious, seniors, catechists


TECHNOLOGY FEE: $100 per online course

ROOM & BOARD: $1700/six-week session
$600/two-week session

VCI TOTAL COST: (includes registration fee, tuition, room & board)
4-week program: $2100/audit; $4150/credit
2-week program: $1060/audit; $2070/credit

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.