Fall 2019

THEO64216: “Telling the Stories of Saints: Catherine of Siena, Joan of Arc, and Bernadette”

C. Cavadini

In this course we will read the biographies of three great women saints: Catherine of Siena, Joan of Arc, and Bernadette Soubirous. We will explore the ways saints are explained and how their stories inspire us to be "nothing less than saints" ourselves. This is an on-line course.  - Elective - Online, 3 credits


THEO64649: Fundamentals of Moral Theology

W. Mattison

This course introduces the history and patterns of thought that provide the foundations for contemporary discussions about moral theology in the Roman Catholic Church. Its central aim will be to position moral theology as a practical and pastoral expression of Christian faith, but also as a tradition of inquiry relevant to wider discussions about moral matters. Topics to be considered include: sources for moral theology, genres of moral writing, the nature of the human person and her relationship to the community of disciples, the dynamics of moral action, and the topics of freedom, experience, authority, virtue, and forgiveness. Course requirements include two short reflection papers and a final research paper, which may be customized to students' own ongoing pastoral and/or academic questions. - Core - Online, 3 credits


THEO64834 : Ecclesiology

D. Fagerberg

Perhaps the premier document to come out of the second Vatican Council was Lumen Gentium. This course proposes to use that Constitution of the Church as a guide to ecclesiology. After an introductory chapter on the assembly as mystical body, we perceive two pillars: 1. The People of God (the identity and role of the hierarchy and the laity) 2. The Universal Call to Holiness (the identity of the religious and the eschatological quality of every pilgrim in the Church). It ends with a chapter on Mary, who has been called "the Church as it dawns in a single person." This course will, accordingly, look at the Church as mystical body, the relationship of priest and laity, baptismal spirituality, monastic and religious life, the eschatological dimension of Christianity, and end with Our Lady. The course will be held in South Bend, IN. - Core - Diocesan Course, 3 credits

Friday - 5:00-9:00 pm  -  October 4, November 1, December 6 

Saturday - 8:30-12:30  -  October 5, November 2, December 7