Summer Session 2016

Hello, Friends! We look forward to having you back on campus this summer. On this page you will find helpful links, event announcements, and course syllabi that we have collected from instructors so far. We hope this information makes your arrival to campus an easy and happy event. Let us know if you have questions...

Courses and Syllabi

Fellowship Events

Comprehensive Exams

Auditing a Course

Tuition & Fees

Courses and Syllabi

THEO 60222. Christian Doctrine for Catechists
3 credits, John Cavadini syllabus
This course is intended to serve as a resource for catechists and religious educators, but also would serve well for anyone desiring a synthetic overview of Christian doctrine with an emphasis on articulating it to others. The course covers the material presented in the first two pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, namely, Creed and Sacraments. Readings will come mainly from the CCC, with some short readings in primary sources illustrative of the theology that forms its background.

THEO 60234. Catholicism in the United States: History and Pastoral Practice
3 credits, Tim Matovina syllabus

The story of Catholicism in the United States is a tale of triumph and tragedy, unity and diversity, struggle and endurance, sinners and saints. This course is designed to enable pastoral leaders and teachers to appreciate the history of Catholicism in the United States, as well as to hone their capacity to discern pastoral practices that effectively address U.S. Catholic faith communities within that context. The course encompasses three primary components: (a) a survey history of the Catholic Church in the United States with particular focus on its multicultural origins and development; (b) a case study of history and pastoral practice among Latino Catholics; and (c) an examination of select topics of history and pastoral practice within U.S. Catholicism.

THEO 60458. Celebration of Paschal Mystery
3 credits, Patrick Regan syllabus

Human existence as a series of passages. The passion of Jesus as passage to the Father. Exploration of rites of initiation, eucharist, penance, other sacraments , liturgy of the hours, seasons and feasts as ways of uniting our passages with that of Jesus and so accomplishing the goal of our existence. Of special interest will be continuity and discontinuity in postconciliar reforms as seen in the liturgical documents themselves.
Ideal for religion teachers, musicians, those involved in RCIA and other forms of lay ministry.

THEO 60808. Mystery of God
3 credits, Jenny Martin syllabus

Who is God? How does the infinite God relate to the finite world? How can human beings come to know God? What is the nature of mystery itself? The general aim of this course is to introduce students to the rich doctrine of God as Trinity, which is, as first and foremost a doctrine of salvation, the fundamental mystery of Christian profession and human life. Traditional reflection upon the Trinity evinces both a high degree of intellectual rigor as well as a precision--even elegance--of language, but these attempts at crisp articulation do not compromise the nature of the Trinitarian God as mysterium. The course explores this essential mysteriousness of God through the historical development of normative Trinitarian doctrine, with particular attention to the biblical, patristic, and creedal formulations, as well a selection of representative contemporary Trinitarian thinkers, both Catholic and Orthodox.

THEO 60453. Catholic Sacraments
3 credits, David Fagerberg syllabus

Lumen Gentium says that in the Church "the life of Christ is poured into the believers who, through the sacraments, are united in a hidden and real way to Christ who suffered and was glorified." This course will look at the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church as the means whereby Christians are mystically united to the life of Christ. We will consider questions concerning the development of each rite, but the main focus of attention is on the theological dimensions of each sacrament. We will begin with a liturgical theology of sacraments; we will next look at each of the seven sacraments individually; and we will look at the patristic and scholastic theologies by considering biblical typology and scholastic vocabulary. We end with a view from the Orthodox east.

THEO 60894. Introduction to Catechetical Theology
3 credits, Tim O'Malley syllabus
This course provides an introduction to the theological principles undergirding the ministry of catechesis. The course begins with an analysis of the General Directory for Catechesis, discerning the major theological and pastoral principles of this ministry. Students will then be introduced to the history of catechesis as a discipline both historically and systematically. In the final part of the course, students will develop a theology of teaching drawn from catechesis, in addition to discerning the unity of the tasks of catechesis in theory and practice.

THEO 60893. Teaching Theology
3 credits, Todd Walatka syllabus
This course will provide an introduction to pedagogy for theological educators. The primary focus of the course will be on a) the vocation of teaching theology and b) basic pedagogical principles for the theology classroom. Students will engage educational and sociological research relevant to teaching high school and learn pedagogical techniques which build upon this research. Much of the class will be spent working through how to teach key doctrinal moments in the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ High School Curriculum Framework in a pedagogically effective manner.

THEO 60403. Rites of Christian Initiation
3 credits, Maxwell Johnson syllabus
This course will trace the historical development of the liturgies and theological interpretations of Christian Initiation in East and West from the New Testament period to the modern period of ecumenical convergence. In light of this historical investigation some modern forms of these rites (e.g., RCIA, LBW, BCP, etc.) will be considered theologically and ecumenically with an eye toward pastoral appropriations and implications.

THEO 60456. Writing with Light: Art of the Icon
3 credits, George Kordis syllabus
The course introduces the student to the theory and practice of the art of icon painting, according to the Byzantine tradition. The basic ideals and principles of the theory of Byzantine painting will be presented in relation to Patristic iconology, on which the art of icon painting is founded. The main aim of the course is to introduce participants to traditional methods of icon painting using the egg tempera technique.

THEO 60651. Prophets and Profits
3 credits, Margie Pfeil syllabus
This course will hold selected texts of Catholic social teaching in conversation with interlocutors across various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The primary goal will be to develop an account of economic justice rooted in the broader Catholic social tradition, engaging Scripture and the official teaching of the church through the centuries on issues such as private property, usury, and the demands of distributive, social, commutative, and contributive justice in the context of the common good. Students will become conversant with the concepts and language of Catholic social teaching related to economic justice and will be able to engage in contextual theology to address the ethical aspects of particular cases.

THEO 60175. Synoptic Gospels
3 credits, Gregory Tatum syllabus
This course analyzes the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke by hands-on analysis of synoptic parallels. This approach highlights the historical, narrative, and theological particularity of each of these gospels. Each student must prepare one parallel for each class (See Goodacre, pp. 33-35).

THEO 60652. Renewing Moral Theology with a Call to Holiness
3 credits, Angela Senander syllabus
Vatican II’s call for the renewal of moral theology invited the reintegration of spirituality and morality in reflection on the Christian moral life. To better understand recent developments in moral theology, the class will examine contemporary scholarship in theological ethics on the relationship between spirituality and morality. With this framework, the class will evaluate classic texts from the Christian spiritual traditions and their implications for the Christian moral life. The rules of Augustine, Benedict and Francis will provide articulations of communal values that inform Catholic institutions sponsored by communities that follow these rules. Recognizing that women’s contributions to Catholic theological ethics have primarily occurred since the Second Vatican Council, some classic texts from women recognized as doctors of the church since Vatican II will be examined for their possible contributions to contemporary theological ethics.

Questions On Any Courses and Syllabi? The syllabus for each course will be posted as they are received on the MA Theology web page. View the 2016 chart of Summer Courses here. Students are responsible to read all required readings before arriving to campus in the summer. For questions please contact Hermalena Powell, Administrative Assistant for the M.A. Program at 574-631-4256 or by email at

Fellowship Events

We invite all M.A. students (non-degree and degree-seeking alike!) to this summer's set of Friday MA Masses. These are celebrated in our 'Mary, Seat of Wisdom' chapel (in Malloy) at 6pm on June 17, June 24, July 8, and July 15. 

On June 17 and July 8 please join us after Mass for a Welcome Picnic in South Quad by the Woman at the Well Statue outside O'Shaugnessy Hall. Katie is promising to make the dinner herself on July 8! Plus, the Oblates of Blues will play for us, too. For those finishing their degree this summer, save the evening of July 21 for a celebratory Mass and Dinner. More info forthcoming... 

Picnic June 17

Picnic July 8















Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive Exams will be given the week of July 18. The written portion of the Exam will be on Monday, July 18, 8am-12, noon. The oral portion of the exam will be administered on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for 40 minutes. If you will take your exam this summer, please remember to register for Theo 68802. You are not required to attend the review sessions associated with Theo 68802, but are welcome to do so. If you plan to attend these sessions, please email Prof. Katie Cavadini with your intentions. Also note that you need to have your exam topic selections approved by Katie no later than June 13.

Sessions in preparation for the Comprehensive Exam 2016 will be held on July 5 and July 7 during lunch. Students will learn the exact date and time of their oral exam, as well as their board composition, by July 11. To participate in these review sessions you should NOT be registered for THEO 68802 (unless you are also taking the Exam, as above), but you should email Prof. Katie Cavadini so as to be added to the list of folks wishing to attend (and so for ordering lunch!).

Auditing a Course

Auditing a course is not permitted during the summer sessions. Those students who take courses in Tucson, AZ or Israel at the Tantur Institute and would like to audit those courses must receive specific permission from the course instructor and will be subject to paying the full tuition amount rather than the reduced summer rates. The University does not allow for exceptions to this situation.  

Tuition and Fees

The tuition for Summer 2016 will be $645/credit hour, which is the reduced summer rate this year. The regular graduate tuition cost per credit hour is $2725 as shown here, A listing of fees including meal plans and housing can be found here, on the Summer Session webpage.