2019 Spring Courses
The Theological Institute for the New Evangelization of
Saint John’s Seminary
The Pastoral Center
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184
617-779-4104 Ext. 1
Welcome to our Spring Course Listing. Classes begin January 12, 2019. Prior to registration students in the Degree Programs (MAM & MTS) should email Dr. Stephen Fahrig, Associate Dean and Academic Advisor to review course selection and sequence. Dr. Fahrig can be reached at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions, contact Maryellen Lenihan at 617-799-4104, ext. 1 or via email: email@example.com.
CH500 CHURCH HISTORY (MAM/MTS Core) Tuesday 5:00-7:00PM Rev. W. Belschner
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.
TH514 THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (MTS Core) Tuesday 5:00–7:00PM Dr. A. Franks
The purpose of this course is to study God as Creator, especially as creator of the human person. It will treat Catholic belief about creation, the providence of God, the creation and fall of the angels, original sin and the consequences of the fall, the problem of evil, as well as the nature, origin and destiny of the human person. In light of contemporary debates, this course will cover Catholic belief about grace and the relationship of the natural and supernatural orders. In addition to Scriptural and patristic sources, instruction will deal with medieval and modern authors as well as the texts of the recent papal Magisterium.
TH516 CHRISTOLOGY/TRINITY (MAM/MTS Core) Sat 8:30AM–12:30PM Dr. A. Franks
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.
SPRING ST500 LITURGY AND SACRAMENTS (MAM/MTS Core) Tues 7:30–9:30PM Rev. B. Mahoney
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.
NT500 NEW TESTAMENT (MAM/MTS Core) Thurs 6:00 to 8:00PM Dr. S. Fahrig
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.
TH551 ECCLESIOLOGY (MAM/MTS Core) (See schedule below for course time)* Rev. C. O’Connor
This is a systematic study of the nature and mission of the Church, emphasizing particularly the vocation and mission of the baptized.
MM610 MARRIAGE AND CANON LAW Thurs 5:00–7:00PM Prof. M. Bianco
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.