Summer 2018 Course Schedule


  • June 4-29, 2018
  • Classes will meet M-T-TH-F
  • Wednesday is a study/reading/rest day


Passions and Prayer: Early Monastic Insights into Human Psychology and Spiritual Practices

Columba Stewart,  OSB | MONS 468  / SPIR 468 | 1 credit
  • Class meeting time 8:00-11:10 AM (T-W-TH-F)
  • June 26-29, 2018

Modern Christians are astonished to find a wealth of psychological insight and spiritual wisdom in the writings of early Christian desert monks. This course will introduce their teaching on the eight “thoughts” that preoccupy us, a way of describing the passions that was later condensed into “Seven Deadly Sins.” The original system, diagnostic and non-judgmental,was a synthesis of ancient philosophy and the practical experience of those famous as “readers of hearts.” Their attention to the passions was designed to cultivate insight for sacred reading and freedom for prayer. We will follow the same trajectory, exploring the link between passions and prayer, and the way that monastic prayer has always grown from a close reading of Scripture.

Body, Being and Becoming: Explorations of the Body in The Rule of Benedict

Carmel Posa, SGS  | MONS 468  / SPIR 468 | 1 credit
  • Class meeting time 8:00-11:10 AM (M-T-TH-F)
  • July 2-6, 2018

The Rule of Benedict accounts for multiple bodies, both communal and personal, in both its prescriptive and descriptive detail. This unit will focus attention on the theological significance of these bodies, particularly in relation to the centrality of Christ in the Benedictine life and the importance of its incarnational approach to the Christian endeavor.

THREE WEEK COURSES - June 11-29, 2018


Dynamics of Spiritual Direction

Becky Van Ness | PTHM 418 | 3 credits
  • 8:00-11:15 AM
  • Prerequisite: SPIR 437 The Practice of Discernment in Prayer

The study of spiritual direction allows student 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.

Integrating Spiritual Direction

Eileen Flanagan | PTHM 428 | 3 credits
  • 8:00-11:15 AM
  • Prerequisites: Completion of the "Practicum for Spiritual Direction" and a recommendation from the Director of Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Capstone course for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Emphasis will be on integrating a theological understanding of spiritual direction with the experiences of practicum. This course will go more deeply into topics already introduced in the pre-practicum course, in addition to covering more advanced issues in spiritual direction. An exploration of Benedictine stability will support the on-going development of contemplative presence. Grading is satisfactory or unsatisfactory. 



The classes listed below start online, followed by a one-week intensive session on the Saint John's campus, and end with  online work. Plan to come to Collegeville for an amazing week of learning, community events, prayer, and the beautiful Minnesota summer experience!
  • May 15 Classes open with online components
  • July 15 Classes are completed with online work/submissions
  • Dates below the course titles are the on-campus meeting times determined by instructors. Plan on 5-6 hours per day, Monday-Friday.

Liturgy and Justice

Benjamin Durheim  | LTGY 468 | 3 credits
  • On-Campus June 4-8, 2018

This course examines the connections between practices of liturgy and justice.  The course will draw both from classical sources (such as Augustine, John Chrysostom, and Cyril of Jerusalem) and from contemporary texts.  The course aims to prepare students to articulate and critique theologies that connect (or disconnect) liturgy and justice, as well as to connect liturgy and justice in a parish setting.

History of Christianity I

Kevin Mongrain | HCHR 402 | 3 credits
  • On-Campus June 11-15, 2018

This course will examine the development of the Christian tradition, including the expression of seminal doctrines within the Christian church, from its origins to the eleventh century. 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 first millennium, paying attention to the ways in which the lived experience of Christian peoples informs and shapes its thinking.

The New Evangelization in a Secular Age

Jeffrey Kaster | PTHM 401 | 3 credits
  • On-Campus June 18-22, 2018

The church is calling for a “new evangelization” as many baptized Christians have lost a living sense of the faith.  This course examines contemporary theologies and principles of the evangelization and catechesis; the current socio-religious context, theories of human and faith development; and effective strategies for evangelization and catechesis. Particular attention will be given to advancing skills in the “new evangelization.” 


Clinical Pastoral Education 

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 412 | 3 credits

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

Practicum/Theological Reflection

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 459 01A- 09A | 1-6 credits

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.

  • Class dates TBA
  • 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon
  • + Three sessions Theological Reflection -- Schedule TBA


      • 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


Summer lessons meet June 4-29, 2018.  One-hour lessons scheduled with instructor (maximum 7 lessons over the 4 weeks).

Applied Organ

Kim Kasling | LMUS 407 | 1 credit

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.

Applied Voice

Carolyn Finley  | Patricia Kent | LMUS 408 | 1 credit

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 credit

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.