Summer 2021

Summer 2021
(May 24 - July 23)

Online Courses

THEO: Apologetics of Love
Professor: J. Cavadini
Description: 
This online course is intended to serve as a resource for catechists and religious educators. It provides a basic theological introduction to the material represented in Pillars I and II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church : the Creed and the Sacraments. The course is specifically designed to cover this material in a way that will provide facility in teaching it in a variety of contexts. Readings will come not only from the Catechism , but from various primary sources, both traditional and contemporary illustrative of the theology that forms its background. With regard to the student's facility in learning to teach the materials, the course focuses on an Apologetics of Love, based largely on the work of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI. The course will be especially useful for anyone wishing to acquire an understanding of the basic doctrines of the Catholic faith and of the theological integration of these doctrines. (elective)

THEO: Saints & Stories
Professor: C. Cavadini
Description: 
In this online 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. (elective)

THEO: Symposia on Evangelization & Media 
Professor: TBA
Description:
 (elective)

THEO68803-01: MA Capstone - Mercy (non-Echo students)
June 21-23
T. Walatka
This course will bring together insights from the curriculum that students have taken in diverse fields by looking at the theme of mercy in Catholic theology. Using Walter Kasper's Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life as an anchor text, we will reflect on and interrelate approaches to mercy in systematic theology, biblical studies, moral theology, liturgical studies, historical theology and spirituality studies. - Core - Hybrid, (5 weeks online-spring, 1 week-summer residential 6/21-6/24)

THEO68803-02: MA Capstone - Creation (Echo students)
June 21-23
C. Cavadini 
This course will bring together insights from the curriculum that students have taken in diverse fields by looking at the theme of mercy in Catholic theology. Using Walter Kasper's Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life as an anchor text, we will reflect on and interrelate approaches to mercy in systematic theology, biblical studies, moral theology, liturgical studies, historical theology and spirituality studies. - Core - Hybrid, (5 weeks online-spring, 1 week-summer residential 6/21-6/24)

In Person Courses

Module 1 (June 14 - July 2)

THEO: Fundamentals of Moral Theology
Professor: W. Mattison
Description: 
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. (required)

THEO: Trinity & Christian Salvation
Professor: S. Colberg, M. Heintz
Description:
A famous 20th Century theologian wrote that, "despite their orthodox confession of the Trinity, Christians are, in their practical life, almost mere ?monotheists'." By implication, this would mean that "in their practical life", Christians are not typically in the habit of actually practicing Christianity, since the Christian faith is irreducibly Trinitarian. No study of the Trinity can be strictly removed from the life of faith, and the life of faith for the Christian is ordered to the Persons of the Trinity. This course therefore pursues the contours and the content of the Christian doctrine of God, tracing its developments over the centuries and examining how it is made manifest the Christian life of prayer, liturgy and sacrament, and charity. Since Jesus Christ is at once the revelation of God to man and of man to himself, Christological studies will take a central role in our work. In sum, this course equips and challenges students to grapple with the mystery of St. Paul's teaching that, for the Christian, your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). (required)

THEO: Ecclesiology
Professor: K. Coleberg
Description: 
This course examines the development of the Church from both theological and historical perspectives. It seeks to assist students in constructing and refining critical principles of interpretation that apply directly to the mystery, mission, ministries and structure of the Church. Of central concern are the questions of how the Church has understood its mission at various points in its history and what developments have impacted this understanding. Strong emphasis is placed on the theological developments that have occurred before, during and after the Second Vatican Council as these periods saw critical development in the Church's self-understanding. (required)

THEO: Intro to the Early Church
Professor: J. McManaway
Description: (elective)

THEO: Art of Catechesis
Professor: T. O'Malley
Description: 
In this course, students will be introduced to the art of catechesis as a sacramental and aesthetic ministry within the Church. In the first week of the course, students will learn the major principles governing the ministry of catechesis as related to a participation in divine Revelation. They will also read chief classics in catechesis within the history of Christianity. After this introduction, the course will be structured around the experience of education as described by Luigi Giussani. How does the catechist provoke the student to encounter the living God? How does the catechist introduce the student to the ultimate hypothesis at the heart of Christianity? And how does the catechist initiate students into practices within a community of faith that allow for the verification of the Gospel in one?s life? In answering each of these questions, the students will deepen their theoretical and practical capacity to function as a catechist within the Church. In the final week, students will consider the Catholic school as a place of evangelization, focused on the intellectual formation of the students. Here, readings will be centered on a Catholic philosophy and theology of education. (elective)

THEO: Teaching Theology
Professor: T. Walatka
Description: 
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 theology 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. (elective)

Module 2 (July 5 - 23)

THEO: Christian Doctrine for Catechists
Professor: J. Cavadini
Description: 
This course is intended to serve as a resource for catechists and religious educators. It provides a basic theological introduction to the material represented in Pillars I and II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church : the Creed and the Sacraments. The course is specifically designed to cover this material in a way that will provide facility in teaching it in a variety of contexts. Readings will come not only from the Catechism, but from various primary sources, both traditional and contemporary illustrative of the theology that forms its background. The course will be especially useful for anyone wishing to acquire an understanding of the basic doctrines of the Catholic faith and of the theological integration of these doctrines. (elective)

THEO: Christian Reform
Professor: U. Lehner
Description:

THEO: Death & Resurrection in the Old Testament
Professor: M. Genung
Description:

THEO: Liturgical Theology of the Eucharist
Professor: D. Fagerberg
Description: 
This course will focus on the Eucharist as a way into liturgical theology. We will examine the historical structure and content of the Eucharistic liturgy, and from there proceed into reflecting upon various theological doctrines. That is, we will connect liturgical life with theological truths like divinization, transubstantiation, sacrifice, priesthood of baptized and ordained, eschatology, etc. We will conclude by seeing how the lex orandi of the church's Eucharist establishes the lex credendi of Church teaching, and ecclesial ministries of catechesis and evangelization. (can be taken as Sacraments - required course) (elective)

THEO: Christian Ethics & Pastoral Praxis
Professor: P. Odozor
Description:

THEO: Writing the Light 
Professor: G. Kordis
Description: July 5-16 - this is course is subject to be canceled if the professor cannot travel due to COVID restrictions. (elective)