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ONLINE COURSES 

DOCTRINE

Hindu/Christian Devotional Tradition

Chris Conway | 17292 DOCT 468 / 17293 SPIR 468  |  3 credits

8:00- 11:10 AM (T) Synchronous Course

This course will survey the spiritual practices and devotional traditions of Christianity and Hinduism as well as their transformative impact upon individuals and communities. Practices like yoga, meditation, lectio divina, and the Spiritual exercises will be examined in both practice and theory. Devotional traditions captured in the poems and songs of these traditions' mystics will be explored to see how experiences beyond words are nevertheless communicated. Finally, the class will highlight the transformative impact of these spiritual and devotional traditions as they are made manifest in the lives and communities.

Ecclesiology

Kristin Colberg | 16434 DOCT 408 | 3 credits

8:00 - 11:10 AM (W)

This course examines the nature and structure of the Roman Catholic Church from its apostolic origins to the present. Various models used in understanding the Church will be studied (e.g. the Church as communion, the Church as sacrament, etc.) The local and universal nature of the Church, and issues related to magisterium, authority, evangelization, ministry, and missiology will be discussed.

Christology

Bill Cahoy | 17302  DOCT 406 | 3 credits

1:15 - 4:25 PM (W) Synchronous Course

Understandings of the person, presence and mission of Christ in scripture, in doctrine and dogma, and in contemporary theology.

Sacrament and Worship

Benjamin Durheim | 17300 DOCT 424 / 17301 LTGY 424 | 3 credits

Asynchronous Course

The roots of Christian worship in symbol, language, and social dynamics. Theological reflection on the sacramental life in the Church. Contemporary approaches to a theology of sacrament especially in relation to Trinitarian, theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Christian anthropology, and ecclesiology.


SCRIPTURE

Johannine Tradition

Michael Patella, OSB | 17303 SSNT 424 | 3 credits

1:15 - 4:25 PM (M)

Extensive investigation of the Johannine corpus within its theological, social and historical context.

New Testament Greek ll

Scott Richardson | 14180 SSNT 402 | 3 credits

9:10- 10:20 AM (MWF)

Continuation of SSNT 401, with particular focus on New Testament texts as primary translation sources.

Psalms

Dale Launderville, OSB |  17294 SSOT 416 | 3 credits

Weekend: 6:30-9:30 PM (F) 8:00-11:00 AM (Saturday)

January 19-20; February 16-17; March 16-17; April 20-21

Study of the backbone of Jewish and Christian prayer for three thousand years. In addition to the exegesis of selected psalms, topics include: the formation of the Psalter, various translations, the spirituality of the psalms, and the use of the psalms in Christian prayer, especially the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.


LANGUAGES

Reading Ecclesial Latin  ll

Jason Schlude | 17046 LANG 402 | 3 credits

9:10 - 10:20 AM (MWF)

An overview of the grammatical structure of the language and practice in reading short works. The course is graded pass/fail.

Reading German  ll

Charles Bobertz |  17092 LANG 406 | 3 credits

TBA--Instructor will arrange meetings with students.

An overview of the grammatical structure of the language and practice in reading short works. The course is graded pass/fail.


THM THESIS

Thesis

Charles Bobertz | 12973  THY 580 | 6 credits

TBA--Director will arrange meeting with student.

The Thesis is the capstone project for the ThM degree.


PASTORAL THEOLOGY

Theology and Practice of Ministry

Jeffrey Kaster |  17306  PTHM 405 | 3 credits

8:00- 11:10 AM (M) Synchronous

Utilizing practical theology methodology, this course introduces students to theological foundations for ministry, including historical and contemporary theologies of ordained and lay ministry. Students will explore the vocational call to ministry as well as the spiritual, human, and pastoral foundations for ministry. Finally, students will identify the theological principles that are foundational to their ministerial leadership.

Homiletics

Charles Bobertz | 17304  PTHM 417 |  3 credits

6:00 - 9:15pm (M)

Development of speaking, reading, and preaching skills at the Eucharist and in other liturgical contexts such as marriages, baptisms, funerals, and family counseling or counseling the chemically dependent.

Dynamics of Spiritual Direction

Becky Van Ness | PTHM 418 | 3 credits

6:00 - 9:15 PM (TH)

The study of spiritual direction allows students to develop skills in guiding others to identify and articulate their relationship with God through the life of faith, religious experience, discernment, and prayer. Students learn various models of spiritual direction and the purpose and dynamics of peer and individual supervision. Prerequisite: SPIR 437 The Practice of Discernment in Prayer

Sacramental Catechesis

Barbara Sutton  | 17305 PTHM 457 | 3 credits

6:00 - 9:15 PM (TH)

This course addresses catechetical methods for initiation into the sacramental life of the church and discipleship, including the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, reconciliation, and marriage. Issues of liturgical catechesis, readiness of candidates, preparation of the community and families will be incorporated.

Integration Seminar

Charles Bobertz  | PTHM 465 | 3 credits

1:15- 4:25 PM (TH)

This course marks the culmination of the student’s preparation for ministry. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and construct a response to pastoral situations utilizing biblical, theological, historical, and social scientific resources.


HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY

History of Christianity ll

Shawn Colberg | 17016  HCHR 404 | 3 credits

1:15-2:45 PM (T/TH)

This course will examine the development of the Christian tradition, including the expression of seminal doctrines within the Christian church, from the twelfth century to the present day. The course will explore the main trends in the development of the institution and primary doctrines of the church within the larger philosophical, social, and political contexts of the second millennium, paying attention to the ways in which the lived experience of Christian peoples informs and shapes its thinking.

Monks, Friars, and Mystics

Shawn Colberg | 17289  HCHR 468 /   MONS 468 | 3 credits

6:00-9:15 PM (T)

This course explores the development of monastic and religious life in the Middle Ages, noting the way in which Western Monasticism expands and grows into varieties of religious expression.  Benedictine Reform movements, mendicant religious movements, profusion in mystical religious experiences, and the growth of lay religious movements will be compared and examined in their social and religious contexts with special emphasis on the ideas of community, imitation of Christ, and "perfection."


MONASTIC STUDIES

Monks, Friars, and Mystics

Shawn Colberg | MONS 468 /  17289 HCHR 468 | 3 credits

6:00-9:15 PM (T)

This course explores the development of monastic and religious life in the Middle Ages, noting the way in which Western Monasticism expands and grows into varieties of religious expression.  Benedictine Reform movements, mendicant religious movements, profusion in mystical religious experiences, and the growth of lay religious movements will be compared and examined in their social and religious contexts with special emphasis on the ideas of community, imitation of Christ, and "perfection."


MORAL THEOLOGY

Virtue Ethics

Fr. Nicholas Becker, OSB | MORL  468 | 3 credits

1:15 - 4:25pm (T)

Virtue ethics is a rich strand of the Catholic ethical tradition. The discipline begins with a simple, common human question: what is it to be happy? Christianity proposes a distinctive answer. In this course, we will begin with questions about the good life, continue by examining the role of the passions in making us happy, and finally focus on the virtues as constitutive of human happiness/flourishing. Our readings draw from a range of authors -- Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and contemporary theologians.


SPIRITUALITY

Discernment in Prayer

Becky Van Ness | SPIR 437 | 3 credits

Asynchronous Course

An exploration of how our personal image of God evolves as we discern God's ways of being present to us in prayer and in life. By both studying and practicing discernment of spirits we can become sensitive to inner movements, understanding where they come from and where they lead us. The course will include an introduction to the practice of lectio divina applied to our lived experience. Required: Access to computer with built-in camera OR attached web cam.  Required:  on-campus class meeting on Sunday, June 10, 2018--1:00-4:30 PM -- at Saint John’s.  Grading is S/U only.

Theology and Spirituality of Vocation

Kathleen Cahalan | 17299 SPIR 414 / PTHM 414  | 3 credits

Asynchronous Course

This course will address the theological, spiritual, and practical dimensions of Christian vocation. Students will examine the history and development of Catholic and Protestant theologies of vocation, with attention to creation, providence, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The course emphasizes vocation both as general, the calling Christians share together, and as particular, the unique ways God calls each person. We will study callings as they pertain to the whole of life, across the lifespan (children, teens, young adults, adulthood and the elderly), and in regards to work and professions. We will examine practices of discernment as well as interfaith perspectives on vocation.

Hindu/Christian Devotional Tradition

Chris Conway | 17293 SPIR 468  / 17292 DOCT 468  |  3 credits

8:00- 11:10 AM (T) Synchronous Course

This course will survey the spiritual practices and devotional traditions of Christianity and Hinduism as well as their transformative impact upon individuals and communities. Practices like yoga, meditation, lectio divina, and the Spiritual exercises will be examined in both practice and theory. Devotional traditions captured in the poems and songs of these traditions' mystics will be explored to see how experiences beyond words are nevertheless communicated. Finally, the class will highlight the transformative impact of these spiritual and devotional traditions as they are made manifest in the lives and communities.


COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS

Reading for Comprehensive Exams

TBA | 15904  THY 598  | variable 1-6 credits

Comprehensive Exams

TBA | 12974  THY 599 | 0 credit--registration only

FIELD EDUCATION and FORMATION

Field Education/Practicum

Barbara Sutton|  PTHM 459 | variable 1-6 credits

Students work with an organization, project, or parish in the area of their ministerial interest. The supervised experience requires the students to
integrate theological knowledge 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.

FOCUS AREAS:

      • 01A General Parish
      • 02A Religious Education
      • 03A Social Ministry
      • 04A Liturgy
      • 05A Homiletics
      • 06A Pastoral Care
      • 07A Campus Ministry and Young Adult Ministry
      • 09A Ministry on the Margins

CPE (Clinal Pastoral Education)

Barbara Sutton| PTHM 412 | 3 credits

MDIV Students are required to participate in a basic unit of an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program. MAM students may choose CPE as part of their field education practicum. Clinical pastoral education is conducted at an accredited CPE center.

MAM Ministry Portfolio

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 598 | 0 credit--registration required

Students preparing for ministerial leadership through the MAM degree are required to document and self-assess their readiness for ministry by developing a Ministry Learning Portfolio and presenting it first to a peer group, and second to faculty review group. The Ministry Learning Portfolios are developed over the duration of one’s degree preparation. MAM degree students are required to present their Ministry Learning Portfolio in their last semester. Offered for S/U grading only.

MDIV Ministry Portfolio

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 599| 0 credit--registration required

Students preparing for ministerial leadership through the MDIV degree are required to document and self-assess their readiness for ministry by developing a Ministry Learning Portfolio and presenting it first to a peer group, and second to faculty review group. The Ministry Learning Portfolios are developed over the duration of one’s degree preparation. MDIV LEM students present mid-degree (39-42 credits), MDIV seminarians (54-60 credits). Offered for S/U grading only.

MDIV Seminary Spiritual Formation

Michael Patella, OSB  | 16528 SPIR 468 | 3 credits

TBA


LITURGY

Liturgical Song

Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB & Andre Heywood| LMUS 412 | 0-1 credit

8:00 - 11:10 AM (T)

Fundamental treatment of the nature of the liturgical assembly and the theological basis for sung congregational participation. Introduction to resources for all genres of congregational song – dialogues and chants; psalms, with emphasis on responsorial psalmody; service music and Mass settings; and hymns and songs, including historical survey of repertoire from various cultures. Principles of theological and liturgical appraisal of congregational repertoire.

Sacrament and Worship

Benjamin Durheim | 17301  LTGY 424 / 17300 DOCT 424  | 3 credits

Asynchronous Course

The roots of Christian worship in symbol, language, and social dynamics. Theological reflection on the sacramental life in the Church. Contemporary approaches to a theology of sacrament especially in relation to Trinitarian, theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Christian anthropology, and ecclesiology.


LITURGICAL MUSIC

Chapel Choir

Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB | LTGY 421 | 3 credits

9:45-11:15 AM (TH)

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.

Liturgical Music Seminar

Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB | LMUS 501| 2 credits

8:15-9:30 AM (TH)

Students study the interpretation of music and liturgical theology, including the history of liturgical music; official documents; issues, problems, and positions in liturgical music practice; worship aid evaluation; presentation of music/liturgy plans. This course is required each term for four semesters.

Conducting Techniques ll

Axel Theimer | LMUS 432 | 1 credit

1:00-2:30 PM (TH)

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

Choral Literature

TBA | LMUS 434 | 1 credit

Survey of repertoire for liturgical choirs, with emphasis on liturgical appropriateness. Practical aspects of programming choral music through the liturgical year and for various rites.

Applied Piano

Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB | LMUS 406 | 1-2 credits

TBA

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. Secondary organ students will develop sufficient techniques and familiarity with the instrument to play knowledgeably and/or coach others in parish settings.

Applied Organ

Kim Kasling | LMUS 407 | 1-2 credits

TBA

Development of technical skills and knowledge of performance practices, including the ability to play a large variety of repertoire fluently and with understanding. Study and performance of major works of significant periods and schools of organ literature. For secondary organ students, development of techniques and familiarity with the instrument to play knowledgeably and/or coach others in pastoral settings.

Applied Voice

Carolyn Finley  | LMUS 408 | 1-2 credits

TBA

Fundamentals of singing and vocal pedagogy (breathing, efficient use of voice, diction, etc.) addressing differing musical styles and their interpretation based on the performance practices of given periods in music history. Study and performance of significant bodies of solo repertoire. Technique and pedagogical skills appropriate to choral directors, section leaders, and coaches for cantors and song leaders.

Applied Voice

Patricia Kent | LMUS 408 | 1-2 credits

TBA

Fundamentals of singing and vocal pedagogy (breathing, efficient use of voice, diction, etc.) addressing differing musical styles and their interpretation based on the performance practices of given periods in music history. Study and performance of significant bodies of solo repertoire. Technique and pedagogical skills appropriate to choral directors, section leaders, and coaches for cantors and song leaders.

Applied Composition

Brian Campbell | LMUS 409 | 1-2 credits

TBA

Introduction to Gregorian chant: historical development, notation, rhythm, modality, Latin pronunciation, editions and resources, use in the modern liturgy. Prior ability to read 5-line notation and some knowledge of the basics of music theory is expected.

Service Playing

Kim Kasling | LMUS 433 | 1-2 credits

TBA

Development of skills in leading and enabling the assembly's singing. Leadership and accompaniment of hymns, service music, and song forms. Sight-reading, modulation, transposition, and extemporization. With advising and instructor permission, may be in either organ or piano.


ONLINE COURSES

Sacrament and Worship

Benjamin Durheim | 17301 LTGY 424 / 17300 DOCT  | 3 credits

Asynchronous Course

The roots of Christian worship in symbol, language, and social dynamics. Theological reflection on the sacramental life in the Church. Contemporary approaches to a theology of sacrament especially in relation to Trinitarian, theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Christian anthropology, and ecclesiology.

Discernment in Prayer

Becky Van Ness | 17501 SPIR 437 | 0-1 credit

Asynchronous Course

An exploration of how our personal image of God evolves as we discern God's ways of being present to us in prayer and in life. By both studying and practicing discernment of spirits we can become sensitive to inner movements, understanding where they come from and where they lead us. The course will include an introduction to the practice of lectio divina applied to our lived experience. Required: Access to computer with built-in camera OR attached web cam.  Required:  on-campus class meeting on Sunday, June 10, 2018--1:00-4:30 PM -- at Saint John’s.  Grading is S/U only.

Theology and Spirituality of Vocation

Kathleen Cahalan | 17299 SPIR 414 /  | 3 credits

Asynchronous Course

This course will address the theological, spiritual, and practical dimensions of Christian vocation. Students will examine the history and development of Catholic and Protestant theologies of vocation, with attention to creation, providence, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The course emphasizes vocation both as general, the calling Christians share together, and as particular, the unique ways God calls each person. We will study callings as they pertain to the whole of life, across the lifespan (children, teens, young adults, adulthood and the elderly), and in regards to work and professions. We will examine practices of discernment as well as interfaith perspectives on vocation.

The following courses are offered for remote participation,
synchronous – as well as on campus. Students attend in
real time, participating via video camera.

Theology and Practice of Ministry

Jeffrey Kaster |  17306  PTHM 405 | 3 credits

8:00- 11:10 AM (M) Synchronous Course

Utilizing practical theology methodology, this course introduces students to theological foundations for ministry, including historical and contemporary theologies of ordained and lay ministry. Students will explore the vocational call to ministry as well as the spiritual, human, and pastoral foundations for ministry. Finally, students will identify the theological principles that are foundational to their ministerial leadership.

Hindu/Christian Devotional Tradition

Chris Conway | 17292 DOCT 468 / 17293 SPIR 468  |  3 credits

8:00- 11:10 AM (T) Synchronous Course

This course will survey the spiritual practices and devotional traditions of Christianity and Hinduism as well as their transformative impact upon individuals and communities. Practices like yoga, meditation, lectio divina, and the Spiritual exercises will be examined in both practice and theory. Devotional traditions captured in the poems and songs of these traditions' mystics will be explored to see how experiences beyond words are nevertheless communicated. Finally, the class will highlight the transformative impact of these spiritual and devotional traditions as they are made manifest in the lives and communities.

Christology

Bill Cahoy | 17302  DOCT 406 | 3 credits

1:15 - 4:25 PM (W) Synchronous Course

Understandings of the person, presence and mission of Christ in scripture, in doctrine and dogma, and in contemporary theology.