Graduate Course Offerings:
Summer 2015


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22 June – 1 August

THEO 601: God the Father (Dr. Robert Matava)
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1 – 3:30 pm
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).   

PHIL 602: Philosophy of God & Man (Dr. Kristin Burns)
Mondays & Fridays, 1 – 3:30 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. 

HIST 610: Church History I (Dr. Donald Prudlo)
Mondays & Thursdays, 8:45 – 11:15 am
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)
Tuesdays, 6 - 9:30 pm & Wednesdays, 8:45 – 11:15 am
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)
Saturdays, 9 – 11:15 am
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.


22 June – 1 August

SCRI 724: Gospel of Mark (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
Mondays & Thursdays, 6 – 8:30 pm
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. 


29 June – 24 July

SESSION 1 (29 June – 10 July):

CONL 622: Liturgy & the Consecrated Life (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB)
(daily 8:30 – 10:40 am)
The liturgy as the source and summit of the consecrated life, with examination of various liturgical texts and magisterial documents on the liturgy.  2 credits. 

SPIR 633: Christian Asceticism (Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.)
(daily 10:50-11:50 am & 4-5 pm)
This course studies the ascetical life of penance and self-denial and the necessary role it plays in the Christian life of virtue and prayer. It takes as its primary framework the teaching of St. John of the Cross on the purifications the soul must experience to reach Christian perfection. Within that context the ascetical practices of fasting and vigils, custody of the senses and the disciplining of the passions, and the mortification of the intellect, memory, and will are explained. Lastly, the course looks at the passive dark nights the soul must endure to reach union with God, and the power of redemptive suffering. 2 credits.

SESSION 2 (13 – 24 July)

SPIR 630: The Spiritual Life (Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.)
(daily 8:30 – 10:40 am)
This course covers general themes concerning the spiritual life such as 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. 2 credits. 

CONL 626: Canon Law & the Consecrated Life (Abbot Eugene Hayes, O.Praem.)
(daily 10:50-11:50 am & 4-5 pm)
A close examination of the various canons of the Code concerning the consecrated life, intended to give a general juridical understanding of the consecrated life, as a basis for understanding and interpreting the proper laws of various institutes. 2 credits. 


4 May – 15 August


SCRI 607 LIVE ONLINE: New Testament (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
Tuesdays 6-8pm, Eastern Time
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 603 ONLINE: Holy Spirit & Ecclesiology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
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.

SCRI 606 ONLINE: Old Testament (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
This course is a survey of the historical, wisdom, and prophetical books of the Old Testament seen as a preparation for the New Testament era, including the revelatory stages of salvation history, the importance of Biblical typology, and the function of fulfilled prophecy. 

THEO 712 ONLINE: Patristics (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
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 these early Christian writings for the contemporary Church.

THEO 724 ONLINE: Sexual & Biomedical Ethics (Prof. Joseph Arias)
Moral and canonical issues related to procreation and the care of human life, including fornication, homosexual acts, contraception, sterilization, natural family planning, the prophylactic use of condoms, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, cloning, embryo adoption/rescue, abortion/craniotomy, ectopic pregnancies, organ transplantation, “permanent vegetative states,” end-of-life issues, euthanasia, brain death, and the mission and identity of Catholic health care institution.

EDUC 603 ONLINE: Catechetical Program Administration (Prof. Noelle Hiester)
This course focuses on the practical principles and parameters necessary to run any successful parish or diocesan program in evangelization and/or catechesis, in areas such as religious education, youth ministry, adult education, parish evangelization, and RCIA. It includes planning, budgeting, hiring, time management, legal issues, record keeping, managing meetings, assessment of instructional materials, program assessment, and catechetical methods & models. 

THEO 606 ONLINE: Apologetics (Dr. Robert Matava)
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.

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. 

Summer 2015 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, tuition, registration, room & board)
$955 per session/audit - $1955 per session/graduate credit

Whole 4-week program: $1696/audit - $3496/graduate credit

VCI registrations must be received by June 1.