2017 Fall Courses at
The Theological Institute for The New Evangelization at
Saint John’s Seminary
Welcome to the Fall Course Listing for The Theological Institute at Saint John’s Seminary. Fall 2017 courses begin Sept. 5.
We are moving!. All Fall Courses will be held at:
The Pastoral Center
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184
617-779-4104 Ext. 1
Cost per credit is $600.00.
PLEASE NOTE: Prior to registration students in the degree programs should email Dr. Stephen Fahrig, Associate Dean and Academic Advisor for the Theological Institute to review course selection and sequence. Dr. Fahrig can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN SOON. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR MORE INFORMATION
TH511 BASIC TRUTHS OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH (MAM Core)
This course will cover the basic teaching of the creed, the moral life, and liturgy based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Fr. Ritt (Tu 5:00–7:00PM)
MM500 CANON LAW (MAM Core)
Canon law is the system of rules that govern Church order and discipline. This course will present an overview of the nature, history, and function of Church law, and will introduce students to the norms of the 1983 Code of Canon Law — primarily Book I (general norms), Book II (The People of God: Christian faithful, Church hierarchy, consecrated life ), Book III (the teaching office), Book IV (sacraments), and Book V (temporal goods). The objective of the course is to introduce basic structures and functions of the Church as addressed by the Code, and to familiarize students with those canonical norms helpful to their effective ministry in the Church.
Prof. J. Devlin (Tu 5:00-7:00PM)
MT506 CATHOLIC SOCIAL DOCTRINE (MTS Core)
This course serves as a general introduction to the Catholic tradition of reflection upon life in society, including questions of justice in the political and economic order. Students will gain familiarity with the documents of modern Catholic social teaching, including fourteen major church documents such as encyclicals from Popes, pastoral letters from episcopal conferences, synods of bishops and ecumenical councils. Attention will be paid to the various contexts (ecclesiological, cultural, institutional, historical) in which the moral reasoning of these documents unfolds. Themes will include human rights, solidarity, common good, peacemaking, economic development, work, property ownership, family life, subsidiarity, ecology, social justice, and preferential option for the poor. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the distinctive ways in which the documents strike a balance between the dignity of individuals, on one hand, and concern for community and promoting the common good, on the other hand.
Fr. Bennett (Tu 5:00–7:00PM)
PH500 FAITH AND REASON (MAM/MTS Core)
Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom. This introductory course will provide an introduction to metaphysics, centering on Thomas’s achievement in enunciating the real distinction. It will also give an overview of modern Western philosophical critiques of metaphysics, focusing on Descartes, Kant, and Nietzsche. Lastly, we will examine Pope St. John Paul II’s contribution to the relation of faith and reason. An important goal of the course will be to equip students to research and write academic papers.
Dr. A. Franks (Tu 7:30–9:30PM)
MT500 MORAL THEOLOGY FOR THE LAY APOSTOLATE (MAM/MTS Core)
Happiness is to be found in embracing the true ends of our nature. The universal call to holiness, which is at the heart of the Second Vatican Council’s teaching, is therefore the path to true happiness. We will seek to understand this intrinsic dynamism of human nature as illuminated by the moral realism of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor. Grounded in the fundamentals of moral theology, we will then turn our attention to urgent moral (especially bioethical) issues of the day in light of Humanae Vitae and Evangelium Vitae. Clarity in moral theology is crucial to carrying out the lay apostolate: to leaven all aspects of the world with the truth and beauty of the Gospel.
Fr. Cadin (Th 5:00–7:00PM)
TH515 GOD: ONE AND THREE (MTS Core)
The central mystery of Christian faith and life is the revelation that the one God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. After an examination of the Church’s development of doctrine in the early ecumenical councils, we will pay special attention to the spiritual analogy for the processions in God (Augustine, Aquinas, Lonergan), while also exploring the complementary path into the imago Trinitatis emphasized by Vatican II that focuses on the communion of persons (Richard of St. Victor, John-Paul II). We will end with a consideration of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s dramatic Trinitarian theology. Throughout the course, discussion will include how the doctrine of the Trinity consolidates and summarizes all the truths of the Faith.
Dr. A. Franks (Th 5:00–7:00PM)
OT500 SURVEY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (MAM/MTS Core)
This introduction to the Old Testament is guided by two overarching goals. The first is to give students the information that they need in order to engage the biblical text intelligently and productively. It also aims to give students the opportunity to experience the personal transformation which is the fruit of sustained dialogue with the Word of God. Prof. Sirois (Th 7:30–9:30PM)
TH513 THE NEW EVANGELIZATION (MTS Core)
Holiness is oriented to meeting the needs of the contemporary world, which requires a sophisticated understanding of the mission field. This field is marked by the liquid loss of self into consumerism (directed toward people as well as objects). This course will examine the mission field in detail, while directing attention to the true nature of Christian mission: finding our identity within the universal mission of the Incarnate Son. An important focus of this course will be the acquisition of evangelical skills in writing, speaking, and conversation.
Dr. A. Franks (Th 7:30–9:30PM)
FC300 MTS MONDAY FORMATION COLLOQUIUM (MTS Requirement)
This colloquium provides the keystone of the MTS formation program, during which important classical and modern works of theology and spirituality, great books of Western civilization (philosophy, literature), significant Church documents, great works of painting and music, and evangelically fruitful psychology and sociology will be explored. The Colloquium occurs nine times a year for two years (years A and B). A student can begin the two-year cycle with either year A or year B. Students will receive one credit for the completion of each academic semester. The course is graded on a Pass/Fail grading scheme, and is required of MTS students in their first two years.
Dr. Fahrig Once a month on Mondays 5:00–8:30PM.Will be conducted at the former church, Our Lady of Presentation, Oak Square, Brighton
PT602 PASTORAL CARE IN THE PARISH
“The ecclesial community, while always having a universal dimension, finds its most immediate and visible expression in the parish. It is there that the Church is seen locally. In a certain sense it is the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters” (Christifideles Laici, 26). The parish and the complexities of pastoral care in this setting are the focus of this course. As noted in Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, “Their functions of collaboration with the ordained require of lay ecclesial ministers a special level of professional competence and presence to the community.” The purpose of this course is to provide the student with background information to support pastoral ministry in the parish. This course seeks to help the student to understand the current theological underpinnings to pastoral ministry and delve into practical applications to the parish. Topics central to ministry will be studied with special application to the parish such as the theology of a parish, roles of the ordained and lay, evangelization and mission effectiveness, best practices in pastoral ministry, etc.
Dr. Lingertat (Tu 7:30-9:30PM)
BL615 COME HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit has been at work, with the Father and the Son, from creation to the completion of God’s plan for our salvation. This course, biblically based, will enhance our appreciation of the Spirit’s role in our lives.
Prof. Sirois (Th 5:00–7:00PM)
BL617 PARABLES OF JESUS
This course will survey the interpretive history of the parables of Jesus, explore their complexity, and focus on why some see the parable as a bridge that may lead back to the original voice of Jesus. The class will also discuss the meaning of the parables based primarily upon an exegetical and narrative analysis of the text with attention to current discussions in the scholarly literature. This course aims to develop the student’s ability to appreciate how parables support the evangelists’ overall theological perspective which enables one to integrate it meaningfully into preaching, teaching, and theological reflection.
Rev. Peter Grover (Th 7:30-9:30PM)