Registration Open for Spring 2016 Courses

November 18, 2015

The spring 2016 line up of course offerings represent a robust mix of academically centered and pastorally focused opportunities to expand knowledge of our faith. As we grow in our faith, we are equipped to share the saving message of Christ and witness to others in a transformative way.

Moral Theology – Dr. John Froula – Meets Thursdays 6:15-9:15

Enables students to think systematically about the Christian moral life within the framework of the Catholic tradition, while more broadly engaging current debates in Christian ethics and moral theology. Following the Second Vatican Council's call for a renewal of moral theology, the course draws on the sources of Scripture and tradition, as well as theology, philosophy and ecumenical conversation. Students will gain a broad theological understanding of human freedom and human nature, conscience, moral norms and systems, sin, the virtues and the Catholic understanding of moral goodness.

New Testament – Dr. John Martens – Meets Tuesdays 6:15-9:15

Surveys the major genres of the Christian Testament, addressing questions of historical and literary context and their theological themes. Introduces various approaches to the study of the New Testament and focuses on Catholic views of canon, inspiration and interpretation. Gives attention to use of the New Testament in ministerial settings and as a source for the teaching and worshipping ministries of the Church.

Councils of Trent and Vatican I – Dr. Christian Washburn – Meets Wednesdays 6:15-9:15

This course will examine the nature and authority of ecumenical councils, and provides an in-depth theological and historical examination of some of the doctrinal and disciplinary controversies that led to the calling of the Council of Trent and the First Vatican Council.  Students will also examine in depth the decrees of these two councils.  Finally, the course will take up the issue of the reception of these councils.

Thought of John Paul II – Dr. Deborah Savage – Meets Mondays 6:15-9:15

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the work of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, both the philosophical foundations of his project and the way in which those foundations illuminate his more theological works and papal corpus. The fundamental proposition of the course is that the student of his thought cannot fully grasp the significance of his work as Pope without understanding the philosophical categories that ground it. The course will include an investigation of the main influences on his intellectual and spiritual life and clarify the way his body of work is informed both by Thomism and phenomenology. The course is ordered toward a fuller understanding of the significance of his papal writings in moral theology and human sexuality, the role of the laity, women and the family, and Catholic Social Thought. 

Fundamentals of Moral Theology and Catholic Social Teaching – Dr. Arthur Hippler – Meets Tuesdays 6:15-9:15

Provides the fundamentals of Catholic moral theology as it addresses topics like a Christian understanding of freedom and conscience and what it means to "think with the church" on ethical matters. This course also provides an overview of Catholic Social Teaching as reflected in Sacred Scripture, papal encyclicals, and other church documents. Students will have an opportunity to apply their learning to selected moral issues, such as sexual and biomedical ethics and Catholic social teaching on war and peace, economic justice, and human rights.

Ministry of Pastoral Care – Mary Lou Carney – Meets Thursdays 6:15-9:15

This course introduces students to a variety of contexts in which lay and religious participate in the pastoral care of the Church that is extended to the poor, the sick, the suffering, and the dying. Students will examine and critique strategies for addressing the shared, as well as unique, pastoral ministry needs of those suffering from the effects of aging, memory loss/dementia, substance abuse, mental illness, and the chronic disease states of cancer, heart disease, etc. Students will develop some basic understanding of ways to care for diverse populations, specifically those experiencing homelessness and of diverse cultures and nationalities.