Rev. Allen R. Kuss portrait

Rev. Allen R. Kuss

Director of Pastoral Formation and Teaching Parish Program
Degree
S.T.B. University of St. Thomas Aquinas Rome, 1983
B.A. North Dakota State University, 1980
Office
Fr. Charles Froehle Administration Bldg., Room 140
Phone
(651) 962-5968
Fax
(651) 962-5790
Mail
The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity
University of St. Thomas
2260 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
DVPT 500 - 01 Teaching Parish I - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40549 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss Provides an opportunity at a parochial site for students to examine the mission and spirituality of a parish by attending Sunday liturgies and prayer opportunities for the people, interviewing parishioners, attending parish council meetings, reading parish documents, and working in the parish office. Through classroom time and meetings with the pastor/supervisor, the student develops an understanding of the format for theological reflection. A teaching parish committee of parishioners is formed to guide and support the student over four years.

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DVPT 512 - 01 Community Leadership M - - R - - - 0830 - 0930 BEC 105
CRN: 42370 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss, David P. Jenkins, Deborah M. Savage Percic, Elizabeth Sullivan The course provides an introduction to the basic skills of community leadership necessary for priestly ministry. It presents principles and practices necessary for public speaking, leadership, and teaching in diverse settings. The course includes acquiring skills to build community and to provide effective catechetical formation in multicultural parish contexts.

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DVPT 600 - 01 Teaching Parish 3 - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40550 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss Introduces the student to how a parish passes on the "Good News of Jesus Christ" in the parish. The student visits and assists in the teaching parishioners of all age groups who participate in various programs, including sacramental preparation sessions, religious education, and school programs. In the classroom the students examine how rural, urban, and suburban parishes pass on the "Good News." Theological Reflection continues with the pastor/supervisor and teaching parish committee as well as involvement in liturgies and parish life. Prerequisite: DVPT 501

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DVPT 740 - 01 Supervised Ministry:Ministeria - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40693 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss Provides an opportunity for students to examine the relationships of parish personnel, staff and volunteers, to compare job descriptions by interviewing staff, and to observe hiring and staff support. Students review the pastoral relationship with administration by examining the finances, budgeting system and property management. In the seminar, students examine the differences in personnel and administration in rural, urban, and suburban settings. Theological reflections on this subject are presented to the pastor/supervisor and to the Teaching Parish Committee. Students continue to participate in the liturgical and community life of their teaching parish. Prerequisite: DVPT 500

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
DVPT 202 - 01 Parish Placement - - - - - - - -
CRN: 10015 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss Provides an encounter with pastoral life and practice as students continue their descernment for ministry. Students develop and complete a learning contract with the host pastor of the placement site to gain an experiential understanding of the parish structure, relationships, and pastoral encounters. The course concludes with a guided retreat.

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DVPT 513 - 01 Diocesan Practicum - - - - - - - -
CRN: 10182 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss This practicum provides an opportunity to gain basic knowledge of and practical experience in a seminarian’s own diocese. Time will be spent in the diocese with guided activities and regular reflection designed to introduce the seminarian to the particular context in which he will exercise pastoral charity as a priest. Attention will be given to the unique character of each diocese in five areas: culture, history, spirituality, organizational structures and pastoral issues.

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
DVPT 501 - 01 Teaching Parish 2 - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20553 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss Provides the opportunity to continue developing pastoral care skills according to the Roman Catholic tradition. Gives the student a foundation for Ctholic sacramental care of the sick; teaches listening skills; and prepares for a hospital mnistry program such as CPE (DVPT 508), SPM (DVPT 509), or another one as directed. In the Teaching Parish the student continues to meet with the Committee; does theological reflections; attends Sunday liturgies and participates in parish life; may begin visiting the homebound, nursing homes, or hospitals; and in conjunction with the Supervisor may assist with funeral preparation, wake services, and funeral liturgies. Prerequisitie: DVPT 500

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DVPT 601 - 01 Teaching Parish 4 - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20558 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss Applies the theory of the Rite of Christian Initation of Adults that is being studied in the classroom to the parish setting. Students are involved in weekly meetings of catechumens, candidates, and sponsors and participate in rites during Lent, the Triduum, and the Mystagogia. In the classroom the students examine how various parishes approach the RCIA in rural, urban and suburban settings. The students focus on RCIA in theological reflections with the pastor and teaching parish committee, at Sunday liturgies, and within the parish life of the community. Prerequisite: DVPT 600

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DVPT 707 - 01 Supervised Parish Preaching - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20567 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss Develops preaching skills, an appreciation of the difficulties in being an effective preacher, and a personal plan for continued improvement. Students must be assigned to a teaching parish or parish of affiliation in order to enroll in this course. Prerequisite: DVPT 620 and at least one other preaching course or workshop.

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DVPT 714 - 01 Multicultural Ministry Practic See Details * *
CRN: 20563 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss Students reflect on the integration of life and ministry, and on their individual strengths and challenges in intercultural ministry. Students are required to do some of their inquiry in local parish communities and neighborhoods.

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BEC LL190800-0930- T - - - - -
BEC LL190945-1115- - - R - - -
DVPT 751 - 01 Marriage Preparation Practicum - - - R - - - 0800 - 0900 BEC 104
CRN: 21102 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss This course provides an introduction to the methodology of Catholic marriage preparation. In addition to addressing the fundamentals of pastoral interaction and catechetical instruction, attention will be given to developing strategies to assist pastoral ministers in offering possible solutions to the practical problems faced by engaged couples.

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DVPT 790 - 01 Super Min: Leadership/Admin - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20807 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss Examines leadership roles and means to promote advocacy and outreach in the parish, local, regional and global communities by presiding at liturgies, attending parish meetings, Deanery meetings, ecumenical gatherings and diocesan meetings, and by participating in local and city gatherings that deal with social justic issues. When possible, preparation for baptisms and marriage occur in the parish. In the seminar, the students will draw up job descriptions for pastors and associates, analyze the systems within which parishes exist to discover means of working toward justice, and examine their own leadership styles in view of the rural, urban, and suburban church. With the pastor/supervisor and the teaching parish committee, the student continues discussions of liturgical, educational and spiritual leadership. Prerequisite: DVPT 740

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DVPT 982 - 01 Mdiv Intergrative Seminar M - - - F - - 0945 - 1115 BEC LL19
CRN: 20568 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Allen R. Kuss Provides the opportunity for students to draw on their experience in supervised ministry as they address the relationship between pastoral practice and the theological disciplines. This course is a capstone seminar for M.Div. degree candidates.

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