Graduate Course Offerings: Fall 2014

  Peoria Catechists


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2 September – 13 December

THEO 601: God the Father (Dr. Robert Matava)
Mondays, 5 – 7 pm
An examination of the first article of the Creed, both the intra-Trinitarian life (divine nature, Persons, relations, attributes) and divine relations with creation (the material universe, the creation of man in the divine image, the fall, and the promise of redemption).  

THEO 603: Holy Spirit & Ecclesiology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 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. Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes receive particular attention. The Blessed Virgin Mary, grace, and the universal call to holiness are also studied in relation to the mystery of the Church. 

PHIL 602: Philosophy of God & Man (Dr. Kristin Burns)
Tuesdays, 5 – 7 pm
A study of Thomas Aquinas’s metaphysics and philosophy of man, based on the Summa Theologiae, including the proofs of the existence of God; the relations between essence and esse in creatures and in God; the attributes of God; human nature; man’s knowledge, emotions and will; the spirituality, subsistence and immortality of the human soul; the union of soul and body, and man as a person.

SCRI 606: Old Testament (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
Fridays, 7:30 – 9:30 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.

HIST 610: Church History I (Prof. Steve Weidenkopf)
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
A survey of the history of the Church from its Apostolic origins through the Middle Ages, with special emphasis on theological issues and the contributions of the Church to culture and civilization. Includes the development of the early Church, major councils of the Church, the Monastic tradition, the Eastern Schism, the rise of Islam, and the Crusades.

THEO 720: Theological Anthropology (Fr. 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 604: Methods of Catechesis & Evangelization (Prof. Noelle Hiester)
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
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.

THEO 709: Freedom & Grace (Dr. Robert Matava)
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
This course explores the intersection of God’s action and human free choice, especially as this bears upon human responsibility in sin, conversion, predestination, sanctification and merit. Specific topics include St Augustine and the Pelagian controversy, early medieval predestination controversies, the Protestant Reformation, Jansenism, and recent debates surrounding open theism, with special focus on the famous unresolved Catholic grace dispute, de Auxiliis (1582-1607) and the themes of creation and transcendence in St. Thomas Aquinas. This course will be given in a seminar (readings-based discussion) format.

LATN 502: Intermediate to Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. Robert Matava)
Thursdays, 5 – 7 pm
A more advanced course in ecclesiastical Latin, building on the introductory-level course, and aimed at a more proficient reading knowledge of Latin as used in the Liturgy, Scripture, and theological writings.   Must be taken for credit, may not be audited.


2 September – 13 December


SCRI 710 LIVE ONLINE: The Johannine Corpus (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
Thursdays, 6 – 8 pm, Eastern Time
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.


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. Topics include the nature and method of Christology, the ‘quests’ of the historical Jesus, OT foreshadowings of the Incarnation and Jesus in the NT, 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, and the theological implications of the union of natures, including the unity of Christ’s being and operations . This course combines historical and systematic methods in an engagement with the first nineteen questions of Aquinas’ Summa theologiae III.

THEO 604 ONLINE: Moral Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
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 of beatitude, freedom and the morality of human acts, the nature of sin, cooperation in evil, moral conscience, the commandments and the natural law, the question of moral absolutes, and a survey of 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 607 ONLINE: New Testament (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
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 605 ONLINE: Liturgy & Sacraments (Fr. Paul deLadurantaye)
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 802 ONLINE: Catholic Social Teachings (Fr. Paul deLadurantaye)
A presentation of the Catholic Church’s great tradition of social justice doctrine, focusing 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, war, education, and the international community.

THEO 590 ONLINE: Introduction to Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
An introduction to the graduate-level study of theology. It 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, clarifying distinctions between faith and reason and between Scripture and Tradition, doctrine and its development, liturgy, ecclesiology, and the Magisterium. 

LATN 501: Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. Robert Matava)
An introductory course aimed at a reading knowledge of Latin as used in the Liturgy, Scripture, and theological writings. Must be taken for credit, not audited.

Fall 2014 Booklist

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Graduate credit tuition: $360/credit – $345/credit for religious
Audit tuition: $130/credit - $95/credit for religious, seniors, catechists
(VCI courses are two credits; all others are three credits)

REGISTRATION FEE: $50 per student 
(early registration  - at least one month before the semester starts -  $25)

TECHNOLOGY FEE: $100 per online course

ROOM & BOARD (summer program only):
$1550/six-week session - $550/two-week session
All Room & Board registrations must be received by June 1.

(summers only, includes room & board)
$955 per session/audit - $1955 per session/graduate credit
VCI registrations must be received by June 1.
No registrations will be accepted without the appropriate registration fee.