Upcoming Classes

Registration for Fall 2020 is now open!

We are using a new system for course registration. All communities – returning and new – must register for the program as an initial step. Only then will you be able to apply for particular courses.

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All communities/sisters must complete this step.

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Fall 2020 Courses

SP 202 Mariology
Rev. David Anderson
Monday 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST
September 14 – December 21, 2020
This course will immerse students in the centrality of the most holy Mother of God in the faith and life of the Church, as expressed in Holy Scripture, the Fathers of the Church, and most especially in the liturgical texts of the Marian feasts in the Eastern and Western traditions, allowing  the student to become acquainted with the great treasure of riches in the Church’s tradition regarding our Lady.

SP 101 Introduction and Development of the Religious Life
Mother Maria Regina van den Berg, Ph.D.
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
September 8 – December 15, 2020
This two-semester course studies the development of the consecrated life, in its various forms, with an emphasis upon the living of the vows, the life of prayer, the enclosure, and the role of the apostolate.  Within the context of Church history, we will read primary documents such as Rules and Church documents about consecrated life.  The first semester will cover from Apostolic times through the Council of Trent.  The second semester, which will be offered in Spring 2021, will cover from the Council of Trent to the present. This course is best for novices or professed sisters and is not recommended for postulants.

TH 501 The Theological Virtues
Mark Wunsch, Ph.D.
Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST
September 8 – December 15, 2020

This course will provide a thorough account of St. Thomas Aquinas’ understanding of the theological virtues, as conveyed in his Summa Theologiae and in the book Faith, Hope, Love by the great, twentieth century Thomistic scholar, Josef Pieper. By way of these texts, the student will hopefully gain a more profound familiarity with one of the more accessible and impactful aspects of St. Thomas’ thought, his virtue ethics, while profiting from our common reflection upon how these virtues can be fostered both in our contemporary culture and our own personal lives.

SC 303 The Psalms II
(Prerequisite: SC 302 Psalms I)

Rev. David Anderson
Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST
September 9 – December 16, 2020

In this course, we will continue our examination of the Psalms as the foundation of the Church’s corporate and personal prayer. We will complete our study of the place of the psalms in the services of the liturgical day, week, and year, as well as the use of particular groups of psalms, especially the songs of ascent, the royal psalms, imprecatory psalms, and psalms used for the services of death and burial.

TH 202: Ecclesiology
Steven Smith, Ph.D.
Wednesday 7 – 9 PM EST
September 9 – December 16, 2020

“Upon this rock I will build my Church” (Mt 16:18). These words of Jesus are familiar to many of us; but what did they really mean in earliest Christianity? What do they mean today? In this foundational course of Catholic theology, Dr. Steven Smith (Mundelein Seminary) takes you on a tour de force journey into the meaning of the Church – through a study of Scripture and Tradition – and how you can share the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church with others. We will use the text The Theology of the Church by Charles Journet (San Francisco: Ignatius, 2004) which is available for purchase on Kindle devices.

SC 102: Introduction to the Old Testament
Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, Ph.D.
Thursdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
September 10 – December 17, 2020

This course is a survey of the historical, wisdom, and prophetical books of the Old Testament as a preparation for the New Testament era. The course includes the revelatory stages of salvation history, the importance of Biblical typology, and the function of fulfilled prophecy.

SC 402 The Pauline Corpus
(Prerequisite: SC 102: Introduction to the Old Testament. It is also recommended that you have taken SC 201: Introduction to the New Testament.)

Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, Ph.D.
Thursday 2:00 – 4:00 PM EST
September 10 – December 17, 2020

A study of the Epistles of Saint Paul with an emphasis on the historical and cultural context of first century Christianity, the spread of the Gospel into the Gentile world, and the sacramental nature of the good news.

Each term we offer free, semester-long courses in the faith to any religious sister or community who applies. Any professed religious sister, novice, or postulant can apply with the permission of her superior. Our technology allows for either a single sister to enroll or for a group of sisters to take the course from their community house.

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