Summer 2019 Course Schedule

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June 3-28, 2019


Before Benedict:  Roots and Shoots

Columba Stewart,  OSB | MONS 468  / SPIR 468 | 1 credit
  • Class meeting time 8:00-11:10 AM (T-W-TH-F)
  • June 25-28, 2019

The surprising origins and early development of Christian asceticism and monasticism in their formative cultural contexts.

The Age of the Cloister: Western Monasticism c. 1050-1350

Colman O'Clabaigh, OSB  | MONS 468  / SPIR 468 | 1 credit
  • Class meeting time 8:15-11:30 AM (M-T-TH-F; W is a study/rest day)
  • June 17-21, 2019

The remarkable developments in male and female Christian Monastic communities that occurred in Western Europe between the mid-eleventh and the fourteenth centuries.

THREE WEEK COURSE - June 10-28, 2019

Dynamics of Spiritual Direction

Becky Van Ness | PTHM 418 | 3 credits
  • Class meeting time 8:00-11:15 AM (M-T-TH-F; W is a study/rest day)
  • 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. 


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.

Catholic Epistles and Revelation

Charles Bobertz  | SSNT 468 | 3 credits
  • On-Campus June 3-7, 2019

The Catholic Epistles: James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, and Jude, are the letters in the New Testament addressed to the entire Church (hence the name catholic). We shall examine basic theological, literary and liturgical themes which emerge from these letters, as well as what these letters say about the state of the churches at the end of the first century AD. What was the shape of orthodoxy and heresy? What social and doctrinal controversies are reflected in these letters?

In the second half of the course we will study perhaps the most enigmatic book of the bible: Revelation. Theological, literary and – especially with Revelation -  liturgical themes—will be explored, as well as the role of apocalyptic discourse throughout Christian history.

Theologies of Apocalyptic

J. Andrew Edwards | DOCT 468 | 3 credits
  • On-Campus June 10-14, 2019

From the Sermon on the Mount to ISIS and the Branch Davidians, apocalyptic theologies offer a variety of resources—some essential, some questionable—for contemporary faith and witness. In this course we will survey, identify, analyze, and evaluate the range of features particular to the genre.

History of Christianity II

Kevin Mongrain | HCHR 404 | 3 credits
  • On-Campus June 17-21, 2019

Medieval and Reformation theology and spirituality are often construed as oppositional in their uses of scripture, understandings of justification and sanctification, approaches to sacramental life, and their presentations of discipleship. This course will put seminal theological and spiritual texts from the medieval and Reformation periods into context and conversation, exploring areas of deep continuity as well as points of significant departure for the way in which medieval and Reformation thought can be said to continue to inform present-day Christian life, thought, and practice, including its ecumenical dimensions.

Integrating Spiritual Direction

Eileen Flanagan | PTHM 428 | 3 credits
  • On-Campus June 17-21, 2019
  • 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. 

Community Leadership: Pastoral Accompaniment for Empowering Leadership, Evangelization and Community

Miriam Olejnik | PTHM 411 | 3 credits
  • On-Campus June 17-21, 2019

The “art of accompaniment” is applicable to the life of each Christian. Every Christian needs to be accompanied, using various methods and programs, and engaging with various communities within the Church. This is the challenge of pastoral leadership.

We will identify the principles that frame pastoral and community accompaniment 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 as evangelizing Church; articulate one’s personal vision of leadership for the sake of community;  and explore of the impact of culture, ethnicity, place, and mission on forming communities.

Prayer and Pastoral Care

Eileen Reed-Campbell | PTHM 468 | 3 credits

On-Campus June 24-28, 2019

An exploration of the pastoral care dimensions of prayer, as a sustaining practice that 1) enriches the communal life of faith; 2) responds with care for individuals (e.g., in a pastoral visit); 3) nurtures the vocation of ministry. The course explores the context, values, theological commitments and psychological frameworks assumed in various forms of prayer.

Catechetical Methods and Evaluation

Jeffrey Kaster| PTHM 468 | 3 credits
  • On-Campus June 24-28. 2019

This practical theology course will explore effective methods of catechesis for forming and fostering Christian disciples.  The course seeks to address the following questions:  1) What is working in catechesis? 2) What does “working” mean?  3) How might we know if our catechetical methods are “working?” And 4) How can we improve our catechetical curricula?

Students will develop methods for evaluating the effectiveness of catechetical curricula. Students will also work to improve their catechetical programming.  This course is designed for those working with any or all age groups: elderly, adults, young adults, campus ministry, youth, or children. 



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- 10A | 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.

Field Education Practicum: 

May 14                                 Approval of site placement
May 20, 27, June 3           Orientation on-line
June 7                                  Completed learning agreement due
Theological Reflection dates TBD. 
August 16                            Case Study Presentation


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
10A  Liturgical Music Ministry


Summer lessons meet June 3-28, 2019.  One-hour lessons scheduled with instructor (maximum 7 lessons in each course 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

Individualized coaching in advanced composition of sacred music and music appropriate for liturgical use. Work in various forms and styles, depending on the needs and interests of individual students. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and the liturgical music program director.

Service Playing

Kim Kasling |  MUS 433 | 1 credit

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.