Courses in Mishawaka and Fort Wayne, Indiana
Christ and the Moral Life
Fridays | 5pm-9pm | September 15th, October 13th, November 10th
Saturdays | 8am-5pm | September 16th, October 14th, November 11th
Location: Marian High School, Mishawaka IN
As a graduate level introduction to Catholic moral theology, this course will introduce you to fundamental themes and current issues in moral theology, especially in light of the call to Christian discipleship and the renewal of moral theology proposed by the Second Vatican Council. We will divide the course into three weekend sessions. In session one, we will trace the historical development of moral theology, and introduce its major and important themes, including sin, grace, law, the virtues, and the moral act. In session two, we will turn to a discussion of contemporary themes in marriage, family, sexual, and biomedical ethics, and pay close attention to how the call to discipleship functions in these areas, and how the fundamental tools of making moral judgments are operative in these cases. Finally, we will turn to Catholic social doctrine, especially issues related to the justice of war and peace, an integral human ecology, consumerism, economics, and the dignity of human life. Throughout the course, we will explore how prayer, the sacraments, and the liturgy are formative of the moral life.
Theology of Revelation
Fridays | 5pm-9pm | February 16th, March 23rd, April 20th
Saturdays | 8am-5pm | February 17th, March 24th, April 21st
Location: Archbishop Noll Catholic Center, Fort Wayne IN
God Speaks to us through the Word in Scripture and Tradition. This course intends (1) to provide a deeper knowledge of the Word as He conveys Himself through these two "Streams" of Revelation and (2) to give students the skills necessary to lead others (and themselves) in the ongoing task of theology -- of, that is, faith seeking understanding. In particular, we will study (1) the relation of natural knowledge and divine revelation; (2) the "streams" of revelation that are Scripture and Tradition; (3) the relation between these two and the means of interpreting them; and (4) the salient content of this revelation as it is communicated in the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the first several centuries of the Catholic Tradition.
This is a core course.
Courses in Tucson, Ariz.
J. Matthew Ashley
Dec. 27, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
This course will provide an introduction to Ignatian spirituality. Ignatian spirituality draws its strength, on the one hand, from the many ways it brings together trends and themes from the prior history of Christian spirituality. In this sense it is nothing new. On the other hand, Ignatius and his first followers were keenly sensitive to the multitude of challenges facing the Church and committed Christian life in the sixteenth century. Thus, their genius lay in configuring the spiritual riches of the past to confront new challenges, and their success is attested by the enduring power and flexibility of this spirituality. We will consider this process of reconfiguration historically, with particular attention to two foundational documents: The Spiritual Exercises and The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus. Then we will explore its continuing vitality by studying a few contemporary figures who interpret and apply it today, including Pope Francis.
Location: Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona: desertrenewal.org
All are welcome to attend this course as degree seeking or non-degree seeking students. Students are responsible for paying & arranging travel. If you'd like to learn about the RRC, here is an article about its history and mission tucson_rrc_article_in_liguorian.pdf.
Courses in Israel
"The Holy Land"
May 28, 2018 - June 4, 2018
In our course we will travel to the Holy Land and discover its place in the religious ideas of Christians and Muslims. During our time in the Holy Land we will both study Christian and Islamic texts and witness in person the geography and archaeology of sites important to Christian and Islamic history. The first half of the course is focused on the classical period of the Holy Land, from the time of Jesus through the early Islamic era. We will examine the vision of the Holy Land in the New Testament, the early Christian reception of Jewish veneration for the land of Israel, the triumph of the Byzantine Church, the Islamic conquest of Palestine, and the meaning of the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa mosque. During the second half of the course we will turn to the Crusades and the modern period. We will examine the rise and fall of Crusader States, the centuries of later Islamic rule, and the popular literature, religious pamphlets and websites and social media of the Muslim and Christian faithful today. Through our studies we will both examine the place of the Holy Land in Christian-Muslim Relations, and reflect theologically on the meaning of the Holy Land to the Church.
If you'd like to learn more about Tantur, here is the Institute brochure tantur_brochure.pdf.