Summer 2020 Course Schedule

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All Courses On-Line for Summer 2020

Courses will start on-line on/around May 15, 2020

Courses will end on July 25, 2020 (possibly earlier at instructor's discretion)


LMUS 468  Gregorian Chant -- May 22-July 25



              Now to May 8    100%

              May 8-May 22   50%

              After May 23     No refunds



Dynamics of Spiritual Direction

Becky Van Ness| PTHM 418 | 3 credits

Must have completed SPIR 437 The Practice of Discernment in Prayer (1 credit course)

  • May 15-July 25   Synchronous class sessions June 8-26 8:00-11:15 AM (M-T-TH-F)

 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.

 Prerequisites: SPIR 437 The Practice of Discernment in Prayer.


Integrating Spiritual Direction

Eileen Flanagan | PTHM 428 | 3 credits

Note: Capstone course for Spiritual Direction Certificate Cohort

Must have completed Spiritual Direction Certificate Curriculum

  • May 15-July 25
  • 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.


  1.  Completion of the "Practicum for Spiritual Direction"
  2.  recommendation of the director of the Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction.


Courses begin on/around May 15 and are completed by July 25.

Synoptic Gospels

Charles Bobertz | 8SSNT 420 | 3 credit
  • May 15-July 25
  • This course will be a basic introduction to reading the Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Matthew and Luke, in the context of the gathered Church community both past and present. We will study the gospels with an eye toward the world behind the text (historical context), the world of the text (its narrative quality) and the world in front of the text (interpretation in the tradition and in the contemporary church). We shall particularly take the time to assess current hermeneutical issues surrounding literary and theological readings of the gospels.

Practical Ecumenism and Interfaith Engagement

 Jakob Rinderknechtz |PTHM 468,DOCT 468| 3 credits
  • May 15-July 25
  • Theologians, pastoral theologians, and liturgists all need an awareness of the ecumenical and interfaith movements, and to practice engaging with other Christians and people of good faith. This course will introduce students to the ecumenical movement, and the Church's relationship with interfaith dialogue partners. In addition, it will give attention to the ministerial and liturgical issues which the contemporary situation produces, including communio in sacris, the issues of mixed ecumenical or interfaith marriages, the reception of other Christians into full communion, and the situations arising from the many families that bridge these divides.

History of Christianity

Kevin Mongrain | HCHR 402 | 3 credits
  • May 15-July 25
  • 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.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Jeff Kaster | PTHM 452 | 3 credits

  • May 15-July 25
  • Class will meet online via Zoom June 22-26  M-T-W-TH-F 9:00 -11:00 AM

  • 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 to the Latinx community and “the rise of the nones.”


Gregorian Chant 


Anthony Ruff, OSB   | LMUS 468 | 1 credit

May 22-July 25, 2020

Comprehensive introduction to Gregorian Chant, with practical emphasis on singing it in the liturgy. Treatment of historical development, notation, modality, rhythmic interpretation, repertoire and liturgical use, Latin pronunciation, English adaptations, and conducting. Some knowledge of the basics of music theory is expected.

 Format: Asynchronous, done at the student’s own pace over the course of each week. Several 15-30 min. instructional videos each week for a total of c. 2 to 2½ hours viewing weekly, plus c. 2-4 hours weekly of individual study, reading, exercises, and submissions. 

Participants should have the capability of submitting short videos of their singing (and optionally, conducting), which are typically made with laptop, tablet, or cell phone.

Required text: Canticum novum,  Anthony Ruff, OSB, (GIA, 2012).

Applied Organ               Organ Lessons will be offered over ZOOM conferencing. 

                                              Dates info available soon, from instructor

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      Voice Lessons will be offered over ZOOM conferencing.  Dates info available soon,

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           Available over ZOOM conferencing and email.

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      Keyboard Lessons will be offered over ZOOM conferencing. 

                                              Dates info available soon, from instructor

Kim Kasling |  LMUS 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.

VoiceCare Basic                    We are checking on the availability of this workshop.  Please check VoiceCare Web Site.

Azel Theimer | LMUS  | 1 credit

July 9-16, 2020

Register directly at VoiceCare Network.

Note: credit registration in FA 2020 -- LMUS 436 01A -- 1 credit


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.


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

Field Education Practicum:  Orientation May 15 and May 22.  

Students should meet with Barbara Sutton soon to establish site and supervisor prior to orientation.  



Join us in 2021!  June 28-July 2, 2021

Please note:  this is a conference, not available for academic credit.  It has it's own format and fees schedule.

“Humility: Paradoxical Pathway to Union with God”


Fr. Luke Dysinger, O.S.B.: monk of St. Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, CA; Professor of Church History and Moral Theology at St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA. BA (1974), MD (1978) U. of Southern California; DPhil (2000) Oxford. Fr. Dysinger has published books and articles on psalmody and prayer; he has taught moral theology, spiritual theology, and biomedical ethics.

Sr. Manuela Scheiba, O.S.B.: Abbey of St. Gertrude, Alexanderdorf, Germany; Instructor in the Monastic Institute at Sant’ Anselmo, Rome since 2008; author of Gehorsam gegenüber dem Abt (St. Ottilien, 2009); “Explication of the RB As a Signal of the Time. Rule Commentaries of the Twentieth Century”, Tjurunga 72/5 (2007) 75-86; ABR 61:2 (2010) 138-149.

Fr. Michael Casey, O.C.S.O: monk of Tarrawarra Abbey, Australia. After completing a degree in Scripture at Leuven, he received his doctorate from Melbourne College of Divinity for a study of desire for God in the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. For the past decades he has been engaged in exploring different aspects of monastic spirituality, writing, and giving conferences throughout the English-speaking monastic world. His books include Strangers to the City: Reflections on the Beliefs and Values of the Rule of Saint Benedict (Paraclete Press, 2005) and The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Saint Benedict's Rule (Liturgical Press, 2011).