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Science and Theology

Vincent Smiles | DOCT 468 | 13543

1:15 - 4:25pm (M)

The course will be focused around the question, “What is a Human Being?” and will show that responding to it requires the full range of the disciplines, from the sciences to philosophy and theology. We will study neo-Darwinism, particularly with respect to human evolution, and will place this study in a theological framework, building on John Haught’s notion that “evolution is a gift to theology.” The course will, therefore, emphasize the point, which Pope Francis mentions ten times in Laudato Si’, that “everything is interconnected.” Contrary to the dictates of scientific materialism, humans cannot be defined simply in terms of physics and chemistry. To the contrary, viewed in the context of the creative universe, human evolution suggests the presence of “top-down causation” (Arthur Peacocke), which in turn gives clues to the divine Mind-Fullness of the universe, the nature of human minds, and the sacred ground of all things. In addition to discussion of these scientific and philosophical insights, the course will also address some pastoral implications of evolution’s gift to theology, especially in the area of theological ethics and a new understanding of Original Sin. Students will be required to articulate the challenges and implications of the course for their own spiritual lives, and for enabling ordinary believers to grow in their faith through a deeper understanding of the convergence of science and theology.

Theology of Vatican II

Kristin Colberg | DOCT 468 | 15111

8:00 - 11:10am (TH)

The Second Vatican Council has impacted virtually every area of Catholic life and thought. The council invited and guided the church to know itself and its relation to the world more deeply, and the implications of this enhanced understanding continue to unfold today. This course approaches the Second Vatican Council as a historical, sociological, and theological event. It examines the development of Vatican II, its final documents and the council's interpretation. Emphasis will be given to seeing the council as a whole and the way that each particular document -- and all the documents together -- are an expression of the council's general aims and overarching goals. Additionally, students will be asked to think independently about the connections between particular documents and how the council's teachings inform contemporary issues.


New Testament Greek I

Scott Richardson | SSNT 401 | 11610

11:30am - 12:25pm (MWF)

The instruction emphasizes reading Comprehension of New Testament Greek, with the aid of a dictionary. It includes the study of grammar with an eye towards its practical application. Biblical resources will be utilized for reading proficiency preparation. Graded A-F or pass/fail.

Gospel of Matthew

Charles Bobertz | SSNT 417 | 15120

6:00 - 9:15pm (W)

This course offers an extensive investigation of the Gospel of Matthew within its theological, social, and historical context. Offered Synchronous for remote student participation, as well as on campus.


Fr. Dale Launderville | SSOT 410 | 15121

8:00-11:10am (W)

The course introduces the student to the content, the traditions of interpretation, and the exegetical methods employed in the study of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The themes of creating, liberating, and covenanting are emphasized. Offered Synchronous for remote student participation, as well as on campus.


Reading Latin I

Jason Schlude | LANG 401 | 14886

9:10 - 10:05am (MWF)

An overview of the grammatical structure of the language and practice in reading. Ecclesiastical resources will be utilized for reading proficiency preparation. Graded pass/fail.

Advanced Greek

Scott Richardson | LANG 468 | 14887

9:10 - 10:05am (MWF)

This course will offer students a review of key grammatical concepts in ancient Greek and an opportunity to build advanced reading skills through substantial exposure to Classical Greek authors such as Plato. Prerequisite is SSNT 402, GREK 112, or permission of the instructor. Graded A-F or pass/fail.


ThM Seminar

Charles Bobertz | THY 465 | 12904

4:00 - 5:30pm (W)

The ThM research seminar is designed to direct and guide students in advanced theological research in preparation for writing a thesis. Students may prepare the thesis proposal in the course, or if approved, can begin writing the thesis. Students will be engaged in dialogue and critique of each others' work in order to enhance understanding of theological research and writing. The proposal will contain: a thesis statement, a description of the project with a brief summary of the positions and the lines of argument to be developed; a tentative outline, a preliminary bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The bibliography will also include sources in the ancient and/or modern language being utilized in the thesis.


Pastoral Care: Grief, Illness, Healing

Kathleen Cahalan | PTHM 409 | 15118

1:15 - 4:25pm (W)

Pastoral care is the ministry of compassion for the well-being of persons and communities. Traditionally the ministry has included four dimensions of care: healing, guiding, sustaining, and reconciling. This class focuses on healing and sustaining in the midst of loss, grief, illness, dying, and elder care and is grounded in a theology of Christ the healer and good shepherd.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Jeffrey Kaster | PTHM 452 01A | 15119

6:00 - 9:15pm (TH)

This course will explore the theological foundations of youth ministry, campus ministry, and parish young adult ministry within the broader conceptual framework of evangelization, catechesis, and initiation espoused by Pope Francis, the General Directory for Catechesis, the RCIA, Renewing the Vision, and Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future. This course will foster the development of effective ministerial leadership practices addressing the current contextual context of “the rise of the nones.” Offered Synchronous for remote student participation, as well as on campus. 

Community Leadership

Bill Cahoy | PTHM 468 | 14659

6:30 - 9:00pm (F) & 8:00am - 12:00pm (S)

While some communities seem to form spontaneously, most require careful attention and consistent work in order to put down roots and thrive. This is the challenge of pastoral leadership. Outcomes for the course include identifying the principles that frame community as a theological, pastoral, and socio-cultural reality; learn and practice a model of gift discernment related to leaders and community members; create a framework for applying the functions of pastoral ministry to building and sustaining community life; articulate one’s personal vision of leadership for the sake of community; and exploration of the impact of culture, ethnicity, place, and mission on forming communities

  • September 22-23
  • October 27-28
  • November 10-11
  • December 1-2

Ministry at the Margins

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 468 | 14619

October 5 - January 11

This online course explores ministry at the margins through the lens of a theology of accompaniment and a practice of interpreting the context of one’s community and workplace and the lives of those we serve. As well the course content will be developed by focusing on issues which students face in their communities and service organizations. Our pastoral imagination for effective ministry approaches regarding contemporary mission challenges will be fostered by close study of Pope Francis apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel. Spiritual practices that can sustain our social action will be developed.


History of Christianity I 

Shawn Colberg | HCHR 402 | 14942

1:15 - 2:45pm (T-TH)

This course is an introductory survey of theology, studying representative texts from the pre-Christian era to the Reformation (100 BCE to 1650). Students will examine figures and issues selected from various historical periods.


Special Topics in Moral Theology- Sexual Ethics

Kathryn Cox | MORL 428 | 15116

1:15 - 4:25pm (T)

This course examines how the application of fundamental moral themes, for example embodiment, sin, grace, and justice, inform questions about and approaches to sexual morality. The study of sexual morality encompasses questions related to professional sexual ethics, celibacy, married sexuality, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, amongst others.


Discernment in Prayer

Becky Van Ness | SPIR 437 | 14580

6:00-8:30pm (M)

Preparatory to listening to others' experiences of God we will explore how our own image of God evolves as we discern God's ways of being present to us in prayer and in life. The course will include an introduction to the practice of lectio divina applied to our lived experience. Grading is S/U.

  • September 11
  • September 25
  • October 9
  • October 30
  • November 13

Christian Asceticism

Columba Stewart | SPIR 435 01A/MONS 435 01A | 15122

8:00 - 11:15am (T)

Christian asceticism is centered upon a discernment of motivations, influences, and goals conducted within a relationship of spiritual accompaniment by an experienced guide. The psychological and spiritual insights of many early Christian writers, especially monastic ones, are a valuable but rarely used resource for spiritual directors, pastors, counselors, and persons seeking spiritual guidance. This course will be a study of classical, early Christian, and relevant later texts which bear on issues of spiritual growth and pastoral guidance.

  • Cross-listed: SPIR 435 01A -- MONS 435 01A


Reading for Comprehensive Exams

TBA | THY 598 01A | 13702


Comprehensive Exams

TBA | THY 599 01A | 11182



Clinical Pastoral Education

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 412 | 11174

Students participate in a basic unit of an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program.

Practicum/Theological Reflection

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 459 01A- 10A

Students work with an organization, project, or parish in the area of their ministerial interest. The supervised experience requires students to integrate theological competence with pastoral practice in developing vocational identity as a public minister, exploring issues of leadership, power and authority; and gaining facility in articulating the Christian faith and in fostering the development of faith with others. Students will reflect on the practice of ministry in theological reflection groups.


      • 11398- 01A General Parish
      • 12001- 02A Religious Education
      • 11453- 03A Social Ministry
      • 11440- 04A Liturgy
      • 13018- 05A Homiletics
      • 11434- 06A Pastoral Care
      • 13379- 07A Campus Ministry and Young Adult Ministry
      • 14288- 08A Spiritual Direction
      • 14575- 09A Ministry in the Margins
      • 15117- 10A Liturgical Music Ministry


Introduction to Pastoral Liturgy

Jon Van Parys | LTGY 407 | 15113

1:15 - 4:25pm (M) 8:00 - 11:10am (T)

August 28-29; September 11-12, September 25-26; October 9-10, November 6-7, November 27-28

Through a sustained reflection on the church's tradition of lex orandi, lex credendi, students will be introduced to the theory and practice of good liturgical celebration. Contemporary liturgical practice will be evaluated in its historical, cultural, and theological context. Students will learn how the historical development of Christian liturgy, its anthropological dimensions, and important church documents influence how we worship today.

Liturgy of the Hours

Fr. Anthony Ruff | LTGY 423 01A | 15114 

3:00 - 4:30pm (T-TH)

The cathedral and monastic traditions of the Liturgy of the Hours will be historically and theologically considered. The course includes an analysis of their respective origins and evolution in the patristic and medieval periods. Students will study the reformed Roman Liturgy of the Hours and daily prayer in other churches. Offered Synchronous for remote student participation, as well as on campus.

History and Sources of Liturgy

Martin Connell | LTGY 400 | 15112

2:00 - 4:00pm (M) 8:00 - 11:10am (T)

September 5, September 18-19; October 2-3, October 23-24, October 30-31, November 13-14, December 4-5, December 11-12

This foundational course in Liturgical Studies is an overview of the history of Christian worship and its extant sources.


Liturgical Music Seminar

Fr. Anthony Ruff | LMUS 501 | 15123

8:30 - 9:45am (M)

1 credit of classroom study integrated with 1 credit of participation in Chapel Choir. Students in the Seminar do not register separately for Chapel Choir. Foundational study of the theology, history, and official documents on music in worship. Principles for the ministry of cantors, choirs, instrumentalists, and ensembles. Practical aspects of music ministry and the management of a parish music program. Practica in liturgical planning of worship services in Emmaus Chapel, including (for Liturgical Music students) lab conducting of the Chapel Choir. Repeatable; offered in a four-semester sequence.

Chapel Chior

Fr. Anthony Ruff & Andre Heywood | LMUS 412 | 15132

10:15 - 11:45am (M)

A liturgical choir open to all graduate students which sings regularly for worship in Emmaus Chapel. One third Gregorian Chant (in Latin and English), two-thirds choral music in a wide variety of styles including contemporary and world music.  Offered every semester. May be taken for 0 or 1 credit.

Conducting Techniques I

Alex Theimer | LMUS 430 01A | 15131

Individualized small-group lessons on the basics of conducting techniques such as beat patterns, cueing, expression and dynamics, and score preparation.

Applied Composition

Brian Campbell | LMUS 409 | 12939


Individualized coaching in advanced composition of sacred music and music appropriate for liturgical performance. Work in various forms and styles is possible, depending on the needs and interests of individual students. Students should normally have a bachelor's degree in music or equivalent training and have significant experience in music composition. Open to Liturgical Music students.

Applied Organ 

Kim Kasling | LMUS 407 | 11164


Students will develop technical skills and knowledge of performance practices at the graduate level, including the ability to play a large variety of repertoire fluently and with understanding. Major works of significant periods and schools of organ literature will be studied and performed. Secondary organ students will develop sufficient techniques and familiarity with the instrument to play knowledgeably and/or coach others in parish settings. Open to Liturgical Music

Applied Voice 

Carolyn Finley | LMUS 408 01A | 11165

Patrica Kent | LMUS 408 02A | 11166


This course covers the fundamentals of singing and vocal pedagogy (breathing, efficient use of voice, diction, etc.) and addresses differing musical styles and the need to interpret the music based on the performance practices of given periods in music history. Voice majors will study and perform significant bodies of solo repertoire. Majors and secondary voice students will emphasize technique and pedagogical skills appropriate to roles as choral directors. Open to Liturgical Music students.


Service Playing

Kim Kasling | LMUS 433 01A | 11167


This course seeks to develop the qualified church organist as leader and enabler of the assembly's singing. The course will require high proficiency levels of assembly leadership and accompanimental skills (hymns, masses, psalm forms) as well as vocal and choral accompaniment. Students will also develop abilities in sight-reading, modulation, transposing, and extemporization.  Open to Liturgical Music students.