Saint John’s Seminary
Theological Institute – 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA
TH511 BASIC TRUTHS OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH (MAM Core) – BRAINTREE
This course will cover the basic teaching of the creed, the moral life, and liturgy based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Rev. Paul E. Ritt W 6:00–9:00 PM (3 credits) Classes are from May 30 thru August 8
PH500-3 FAITH AND REASON (MAM/MTS Core) – BRIGHTON
This course will be an exploration of the relationship between faith and reason. As Pope John Paul notes in the encyclical, Fides et ratio, “There is thus no reason for the competition of any kind between reason and faith: each contains the other, and each has its own scope of action (17).” Special attention will be paid to the assistance reason offers faith. An overview of natural philosophy will be offered. We will also examine the disastrous consequences to the human person when modernity attempts to wrestle reason from faith.
Rev. Christopher O’Connor (3 credits) Classes are Wed. May 16 (5:00-7:00 pm), Fri. May 18 (5:00 to 9:00 pm), Wed. May 23 (5-9 pm), Sat. June 2 (8:30am-12:30pm), Sat. June 9 (8:30am-12:30pm). Mon. June 11 (5-9 pm), Wed. June 13 (5-9 pm), Sat. June 16 (8:30am-12:30pm), Wed. June 20 (5-8 pm).
BL618 JESUS AND PAUL: SIGNS OF CONTRADICTION-BRAINTREE
The title of this book by Wilfrid Harrington, O.P., juxtaposes the stories of two of the most prominent men in the history of salvation. This course, with Harrington’s help, will lead us to appreciate Paul’s “relationship” with Jesus and maybe even to deepen our own.
Prof. Sirois Th 6:00–9:00PM (2 credits) Classes are from May 31 thru July 19
PC606 MARY AND THE SAINTS-BRAINTREE
The place of Mary and the saints in Christian life, past and present. Marian doctrines, titles, feasts, prayers, apparitions. Saints’ life stories, patronage, veneration, intercession, relics, canonization, the nature and characteristics of holiness. Crucial theological principles of mediation and the communion of saints. Theological disputes and some recent convergence through ecumenical dialogue. Pastoral perspectives on incorporating Mary and the saints in worship, devotion, preaching and catechesis.
Fr. Evans W 6:00–9:00PM (2 credits) Classes are from June 6 thru July 25
RE507 THE ART OF CATECHESIS-BRAINTREE
“Faith begins, not in the work and the concept, but in the image and the symbol. Before faith is credible to reason, it must be credible to the imagination.” (John Henry Cardinal Newman) Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and Dorothy Day, a candidate for sainthood, often quote novelist/dramatist Dostoevsky, that “beauty will save the world.” Ministry of the Word, a pastoral and ecclesial task, sharing the beauty and joy of the gospel demands professional preparation and constant conversion of heart. Using art, poetry, song, novel, spiritual writing, documents of Vatican II and recent ecclesial documents, we will explore the importance of beauty and the holiness of imagination.
Prof. Kay Tu 6:00–9:00PM (2 credits) Classes are from May 29 thru July 17
TH637 REDEMPTION AS DRAMA IN BALTHASAR-BRAINTREE
This course will examine the five-volume work that constitutes the middle third of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s “trilogy.” We will consider why Balthasar considered “drama” to be a useful category for theology, discuss its relation to the transcendental of the good, and then read highlights of his account of salvation history as a theo-drama between finite freedom and God’s infinite freedom. We will see his theo-dramatic approach to various foundational themes of Christian theology, including the Trinity, Christology, anthropology, soteriology, and eschatology. No previous knowledge of Balthasar is required.
Dr. Angela Franks Th 6:00–9:00 pm (2 credits) Classes are from June 7 to July 26