All Spring Courses will be held at:
The Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184, 617-779-4104 Ext. 1
Spring 2018 courses at The Theological Institute for the New Evangelization begin January 16, 2018 for the Master of Arts in Ministry Program (MAM) and the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) at our new location, The Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184.
If you have questions, contact Maryellen Lenihan at 617-779-4104, ext. 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Students in the degree programs who plan on taking courses for credit this semester must contact Dr. Stephen Fahrig, Academic Advisor for the Theological Institute, to review course selection and sequence. Dr. Fahrig can be reached at email@example.com.
CH500 CHURCH HISTORY (MAM/MTS Core)
This course is a general survey course spanning some 2000 years of Church history. The course will be split into three historical periods. The first historical period will cover the first century to the mid-ninth century. In this period, we will discuss the Roman Empire, the Christian Persecutions, the Constantinian Era, Christological Controversies, the Papacy, Monasticism, the Iconoclastic Controversy, Charlemagne, and the Carolingian Empire. The second historical period will cover the end of ninth century to the early sixteenth century. In this period, we will discuss the Reform, The Great Schism in 1054, Monastic Reforms, the Investiture Controversy, The Crusades, The Inquisition, The Great Western Schism, The Mendicant Orders, The Avignon Papacy, Scholasticism, and Humanism. The third historical period will cover from the mid-sixteenth century to the present. In this period, we will discuss the early Reformation, Catholic Reform — Trent, the Enlightenment, The Wars of Religion, Modernity, First Vatican Council, Second Vatican Council, and the Church beyond the Council.
Rev. W. Belschner (Tuesday 5:00-7:00PM)
TH550 CHRISTOLOGY (MAM/MTS Core)
This course will lead students to a deeper understanding of the mystery of Christ, through a reflection upon Scripture, Tradition, and the contributions of key theologians. Additional topics in soteriology and Mariology will be explored. Theologians covered will include St. Gregory of Nazianzus, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, Luther, and Pope St. John Paul II. Using the theo-drama of Hans Urs von Balthasar, students will learn to enunciate the relation of mission and evangelization to Christology.
Dr. A. Franks (Thursday 5:00–7:00PM)
ST500 LITURGY AND SACRAMENTS (MAM/MTS Core)
The goal of this course is to give the students a fuller appreciation of the liturgical life of the Church. This will be accomplished by first addressing a general understanding of what is meant by liturgy. The course will then look at each of the sacraments of the Church, developing both an historical perspective of the sacraments’ liturgical expression, and appreciation of the theology that underlies each of the sacraments. As part of the coursework the current ritual expression of each sacrament will be addressed to see how it continues the traditions of the Church and how it expresses the theology of the sacrament.
Rev. B. Mahoney (Tuesday 7:30–9:30PM)
MT551 THEOLOGY OF THE BODY
This course will engage students in a close reading of key texts by Pope St. John Paul II: Love and Responsibility and, in particular, the Theology of the Body. It will examine the relationship between nature and person in the anti-Humanae vitae worldview and indicate its roots in the thought of Bacon and Descartes before contrasting this Cartesian perspective with that of Paul VI in Humanae vitae and John Paul II.
Dr. A. Franks (Wednesday 5:00–7:00PM)
TH500 FUNDAMENTAL THEOLOGY (MAM/MTS Core)
This course concentrates on the fundamental concerns present in all theological inquiry. The goal is to assist the student to elaborate a theology of revelation, a theology of faith, a theology of tradition, and a theology of Sacred Scripture.
Rev. P. Ritt (Thursday 5:00–7:00PM)
NT500 NEW TESTAMENT (MAM/MTS Core)
This course will provide students with a broad overview of the social, political, and religious world of the New Testament and of central issues in New Testament interpretation such as the quest for the historical Jesus, the relationship between the four gospels, the role of Paul in the emerging Christian movement, and the centrality of the resurrection to the life and theology of the early Church. After studying these foundational topics, we will move on to survey key books of the New Testament, taking into account the literary, historical, and theological significance of these texts.
Dr. S. Fahrig (Thursday 7:30–9:30PM)
TH551 ECCLESIOLOGY (MAM/MTS Core)
This is a systematic study of the nature and mission of the Church, emphasizing particularly the vocation and mission of the baptized.
Rev. C. O’Connor (Tuesday 5:00–7:00PM)
FC100 MTS MONDAY FORMATION COLLOQUIUM (MTS Requirement)
This colloquium provides the keystone of the M.T.S. 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 M.T.S. students in their first two years.
Dr. S. Fahrig (Mondays 5:00–8:30PM – [Feb. 5, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 7])
RE 500 FAITH FORMATION AND NEW EVANGELIZATION: VISION AND HOPES
Faith formation and New Evangelization are essential ministries in the life of the Church. A review of pertinent Church documents on education, new evangelization and catechesis will ground this study. This course will review the Church’s vision for forming youth, teens and adults in parish programs and beyond. Topics will include child development theory, class management, diverse learning styles, and adult education theory. The course will review models of faith formation currently offered in parishes including intergenerational learning, special needs programs, and catechist preparation and recruitment. Attention will also be given to ways of helping deepen the spirituality of the catechist and the catechetical leader as they pass on the teachings of Christ and help build up the body of Christ.
Dr. A. Lingertat (Tuesday 7:30-9:30PM)
MM610 MARRIAGE AND CANON LAW
This course is a study of marriage in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, focusing upon the canonical prescriptions for its valid and licit celebration. Topics covered include marriage preparation, issues relating to the celebration and recording of marriage, matrimonial consent and impediments, and the annulment process.
Prof. M. Bianco (Thursday 5:00–7:00PM)