2018 Fall Courses at
The Theological Institute for The New Evangelization at
Saint John’s Seminary
The Pastoral Center
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184
617-779-4104 Ext. 1
Welcome to the Fall Course Listing for The Theological Institute at Saint John’s Seminary.
Fall 2018 courses begin Sept. 4 at The Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184.
PLEASE NOTE: Students in the degree programs who plan on taking courses for credit must contact Dr. Stephen Fahrig, Academic Advisor for the Theological Institute to review your course selection and sequence. Dr. Fahrig can be contacted at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) Credit $2,025.00 Audit $400.00
OT500 SURVEY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (MAM/MTS Core)
This course will provide a survey of significant texts, historical events and theological themes in the narrative, prophetic, and wisdom writings of the Old Testament. Additionally, students will be introduced to the principles of the Catholic biblical interpretation as articulated in the ecclesial documents Dei verbum and The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church.
Dr. S. Fahrig (Th 5:00-7:00PM) Credit $2,025.00 Audit $400.00
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.
Class dates: Sept 15 & 29, Oct 20 & 27, Nov. 10 & 17, Dec 1 & 15
Rev. P. Ritt (Sat 8:30AM to 12:30PM) Credit $2,025.00 Audit $400.00
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 5:00-7:00 PM) Credit $2,025.00 Audit $400.00
MT500 MORAL THEOLOGY (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 encyclical Veritatis Splendor. Grounded in the fundamentals of moral theology, we will then turn our attention to urgent moral (especially bioethical) issues in 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.
Class dates: Sept. 15 & 29, Oct. 20 & 27, Nov. 10 & 17, Dec. 8 & 15
Rev. R. Connors (Sat 8:30 AM-12:30 PM) Credit $2,025.00 Audit $400.00
BL621 THE GREAT SPEECHES OF JESUS (ELECTIVE)
Jesus’ good news of God’s Kingdom was shared in countless ways. Students in this course will work to rediscover the words of Jesus, our Gospel, and to find the words with which to share the Good News with all.
Prof. Celia Sirois (Tu 7:30-9:30 PM) Credit $2,025.00 Audit $400.00
THPT500 NEW EVANGELIZATION/PASTORAL THEOLOGY (MAM/MTS Core)
Holiness is oriented to meeting the needs of the contemporary world, which requires a sophisticated understanding of the mission field. 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. The second half of this course looks at the theological underpinning to pastoral ministry: the theology of a parish, roles of the ordained and lay, mission effectiveness and best practices in pastoral settings.
Dr. A. Franks/Dr. A. Lingertat (Th 7:30-9:30 PM) Credit $2,025.00 Audit $400.00
Degree Program Students Only. Fee is per semester.
Fall Formation Fee $800.00
Field Education Fee $1,000.00
Fall Colloquium Fee $800.00