Summer 2020

Module 1 - June 15th - July 3rd

THEO60222: Christian Doctrine for Catechists
J. Cavadini

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 - 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 - 3 credits

 

THEO60893: Teaching Theology
T. Walatka

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 - 3 credits

 

THEO60884: Trinity & Christian Salvation
L. DeLorenzo
Description coming soon - Core - 3 credits

 

THEO60848: Theological Integration (ECHO Program or w/Departmental Approval)
J. Poorman

(ECHO second-year participants only.) This course represents a continuation of Theology 60847 and is designed to assist apprentice catechetical leaders in the ECHO/Faith Formation Leadership Program in their ongoing integration of theological studies and professional ministerial praxis. Having completed a full academic year of parish ministry, participants nurture their emerging ministerial identities and skills while utilizing class sessions for advanced work in theological reflection based on case study method and for seminar facilitation of conversation on theological topics pertinent to catechetical leadership in the Roman Catholic Church. In addition to deepened exploration of ministerial skills and processes emphasized during their first year in ECHO, participants engage in facilitated appropriation of leadership skills such as ministerial collaboration, mutual empowerment, delegation, community building, conflict resolution, volunteer management, parish needs assessment, and effective pastoral communication. Relationship between Christology and Pneumatology in the Writings of Yves Congar, Karl Rahner and Jacques Dupuis, PUG, 1987. ECHO 16 - 3 credits

 

Module 2 - July 6th - July 24th

 

THEO60456: Writing with Light
G. Kordis

This 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 Iconography is founded. The main aim of the course is to introduce participants to the traditional process of painting an icon with the use of the Egg tempera technique. Students are called to make an icon during the five day course. Elective - 3 credits

 

THEO60453: Catholic Sacraments
D. Fagerberg

"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" (7). 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. Although we will use a historical framework to organize our material, the main focus of attention will be on the theological dimensions of each sacrament. This will give us the opportunity both to examine particular questions that conditioned the development of current sacramental theology, and the content of each rite as it exists today. Some attention will be paid to the nature of sacramental symbol in general, but the course's primary focus is on the sacraments as liturgical rites by which Christian life is celebrated. Core - 3 credits

 

THEO60894: Intro to Catachetical Theology
T. O'Malley

This course provides an introduction to the theological principles undergirding the ministry of catechesis. In the first week of the course, we devote significant attention to a theology of revelation grounded in the pedagogy of God. In the second week, we attend to the philosophical and theological foundations of contemporary approaches to catechesis and religious education. In the last week, we develop pedagogical strategies for forming Christians in the liturgical, moral, and spiritual tasks of catechesis. ECHO 17 - 3 credits

 

THEO60848: Theological Integration (ECHO Program or w/Departmental Approval)
J. Poorman

(ECHO second-year participants only.) This course represents a continuation of Theology 60847 and is designed to assist apprentice catechetical leaders in the ECHO/Faith Formation Leadership Program in their ongoing integration of theological studies and professional ministerial praxis. Having completed a full academic year of parish ministry, participants nurture their emerging ministerial identities and skills while utilizing class sessions for advanced work in theological reflection based on case study method and for seminar facilitation of conversation on theological topics pertinent to catechetical leadership in the Roman Catholic Church. In addition to deepened exploration of ministerial skills and processes emphasized during their first year in ECHO, participants engage in facilitated appropriation of leadership skills such as ministerial collaboration, mutual empowerment, delegation, community building, conflict resolution, volunteer management, parish needs assessment, and effective pastoral communication. Relationship between Christology and Pneumatology in the Writings of Yves Congar, Karl Rahner and Jacques Dupuis, PUG, 1987. ECHO 16 - 3 credits

 

THEO: On Science & Religion
C. Baglow

Course description coming soon - Elective - 3 credits

 

THEO60709: US Catholism
T. Matovina

This course is a survey history of the Catholic Church in the United States with particular focus on its multicultural origins and development. The course encompasses a chronological survey of Catholicism in the United States, a thematic treatment of select topics in greater depth, and assessment of pastoral practices that effectively address U.S. Catholic faith communities within their broad historical and contemporary context. Core - 3 credits

 

Hybrid & Intensive Seminars or Exams

 

THEO60901: Symposia Course: "The Liturgical Orientation of Catholic Education" 
T. O'Malley

Course description coming soon - Elective - Hybrid, 3 credits

 

May 20th - June 25th 
 

THEO68803: MA Capstone - Mercy
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 Chrisitan 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 6/22-6/25), 3 credits

THEO68803: MA Capstone - Creation
A. Pagliarini/ 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 Chrisitan 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 6/22-6/25), 3 credits

 

Tantur

THEO64210-01: "The Holy Land"
CRN:3850
G. Reynolds

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. Elective, 3 credits
May 23rd - June 5th