Summer 2024 Semester
May 13 – August 10 (pre-recorded) / June 24 – August 3 (live)
On Campus, Live Online & Pre-Recorded
EDUC 604 Methods of Catechesis & Evangelization
Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00-3:30 p.m. with 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.
HIST 611 Church History, Part II
Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 p.m. & Fridays 1:00-3:30 p.m. with Dr. Hugh O’Donnell
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.
SCRI 607 New Testament
Mondays & Wednesdays 8:45-11:15 a.m. with Dr. Andrew Montanaro
This course entails a study of the books of the New Testament as a fulfillment of the Old Testament. It focuses especially on Jesus Christ as the divine Messiah, the institution of the Kingdom of God, the growth of the Church, and the teachings for living between the first and second coming of Christ. This course is geared to acquiring experience in interpreting biblical texts using careful analysis aided by commentators, especially those in the Catholic tradition.
THEO 601 God the Father
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:45-11:15 a.m. with Dr. RJ 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 721 The Virtues
Mondays & Wednesdays 1:00-3:30 p.m. with Dr. Joseph Arias
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.
THEO 874 Mary in the Fathers and Doctors of the Church (LIVE ONLY)
Mondays 6:30-9:00 p.m. & Fridays 8:15-11:15 a.m. with Dr. Stephen Hipp
This course explores the Church’s understanding of and devotion to Mary throughout the ages, particularly as expressed in the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church. Representative voices among Patristic and Medieval authorities, as well as more recent works of eminent Spiritual writers and Mariologists are surveyed and systematically examined.
These courses are pre-recorded and may be taken at one’s own pace.
All of the above except THEO 874 (new course) plus:
LATN 501-E: Ecclesiastical Latin I
An introduction to the Latin language by which students may begin to develop reading competency in Latin. The course covers 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 toward the graduate-level theology credits required for the MA degree. The course may be taken for undergraduate credit.
THEO 590 Sacred Doctrine: Principles & Mission
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.