Summer 2022 Course Schedule

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Summer 2022

JOIN US! We will offer  classes in person at Saint John's in Summer 2022!

We will keep in touch about any special protocols for COVID-19 safety.

To continue to include students from all over who may NOT be able to come to Minnesota, most classes will also be available as SYNCHRONOUS courses, where students can participate in the on-campus class meetings in real time, over ZOOM conference. So plan to be with us, or join us from home! See the details for each class below.

Courses will start on-line on May 23, 2022

Each course will have an intensive one-week meeting at Saint John's in June or early July , and most courses will also be available for synchronous participation.


PTHM 418 Dynamics of Spiritual Direction will meet for two weeks

PTHM 428 Integrating Spiritual Direction is scheduled for ON-CAMPUS ENROLLMENT ONLY and is limited to students finishing the Spiritual Direction Certificate.

LMUS 468 Gregorian Chant III: Interpretation Seminar is a fully on-line, ASYNCHRONOUS course--students work through the course individually completing weekly modules

Courses will end by July 15, 2022


Please use the NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION button to sign up for classes. We request early registration, before May 1, so we can assess whether a class will be able to be offered. Sign up today!



In case you sign up and are unable to stay with us, please note our refund information:

  • Until May 10    100%
  • May 10-May 31   50%
  • After May 31    No refunds


Holy Land Study Program

Biblical History and Sites

Michael Patella, OSB  | SSOT 406 | 1 credit

This course forms the educational component for the study tour of the Holy Land. This course studies the lands
which gave birth to the Bible, particularly Israel and Palestine. In addition to Istanbul, the Turkish sites include the
cities mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Depending on the political climate, parts of Egypt, Sinai, or Jordan may
be added. While the primary focus of the course is the historical and archaeological context for both the Old and
New Testaments, the class also visits places held sacred by Christians as well as those revered by Jews and

May 17-June 1, 2022

Separate Registration required, please contact us.


Dynamics of Spiritual Direction

Sam Rahberg and Tamara Moore | PTHM 418 | 3 credits

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


  • May 23-July 15
  • One-Day, on-line retreat, (schedule TBA) before class begins
  • On Campus June 6-17 (two weeks)
  • Monday and Thursday, 8:30-11:30 AM, 1:30-4:30 PM; Tuesday and Friday, 8:30-11:30 AM
  • 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

Becky Van Ness | PTHM 428 | 3 credits


  • June 20-24
  • Note: Capstone course for Spiritual Direction Certificate Cohort
  • Must have completed Spiritual Direction Certificate Curriculum
  • 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.


This certificate progam promotes the design for beautiful places of worship. The courses are aimed towards those hoping to extend their theological knowledge and ministry. This course is rite-based and faithful to the Second Vatican Council.

Architectural and pastoral experience are needed with the building and renovating process from start to finish to integrate art and beauty while remaining attentive to limited resources for churches. In all aspects, this course is supportive of the highest standards in workmanship and artistry.

This program is for those seeking more in depth understanding of the principles of liturgy and promote the practical application in the design and function of places of worship.

Courses are open to all students; to apply for the Certificate program, please contact Alex Blechle in SOT Admissions.

New Cohort to start in June 2023!

Sacred Art

This course is open to all students!

Johan Van Parys |LTGY 441/PTHM 441| 3 credits


  • May 23-July 15
  • On Campus / Synchronous meetings -- June 20-24 M-TH 8:30-11:45 AM, 1:00-3:00 PM; Friday 8:45-11:45 AM
  • Study of the history of the church’s use of art liturgically and for the sake of evangelization, including the church’s embrace of the arts as it emerged from a Jewish aniconic tradition; how the relationship between the church and art evolved over the centuries; the different forms of sacred art; the possible differences between sacred art, liturgical art and devotional art; and implications for the establishment and maintenance of art collections.

Liturgical Consultancy II

This is the concluding course for the current cohort--registration is  limited.

Carol Frenning |LTGY 432| 2 credits


  • May 23-July 15
  • On Campus / Synchronous meetings -- June 27-July 1 -- M-TH 8:30-11:45 AM, 1:00-3:00 PM; Friday 8:45-11:45 AM
  • Project Presentations sometime in weeks of June 27, July 5
  • Capstone for students who began in the 2021 Cohort
  • Study of official church documents on the building and renovating of churches and chapels. Practical questions such as beginning the building/renovation project; engaging the entire congregation in the process from beginning to completion; finding competent architects and artists and working with them; commissioning art works; creating furnishings and appointment; attending to diversity in the community and its appropriate expression in art and architecture; accessibility; rituals for leave-taking of old spaces and dedication and blessing new and renovated spaces. Students will be able to prepare proposals for consultancy with a variety of communities.



Digital Media and Ministry

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome|PTHM 468 | 3 credits


  • May 23-July 15
  • On-Campus/Synchronous meetings --May 30-June 3 -- 1:30-4:00 PM
  • How can we communicate faith online? Churches, religious communities and people of faith grapple with this question as social communication evolves toward a more participatory digital medium. Connection, communication, community and communion are different places along the trajectory of encounter, and a gift and challenge for people of faith is discerning where the voice of faith is on this trajectory.

This course invites learners to explore faith and digital culture in dialogue toward effective ministry. This course will enable learners to approach the task of communicating faith and about both the potential and the limits of digital media for expressing, forming and experiencing faith. This course will also enhance basic digital media literacy skills for ministry.

Pauline Letters

Charles Bobertz | SSNT 422 | 3 credits
  • May 23-July 15
  • On-Campus / Synchronous meetings -- June 6-10
  • A theological, historical and literary analysis of the Pauline letters. Topics may include the conversion and mission of Paul, the historical situation of the Pauline communities, the literary and rhetorical quality of the letters and major theological themes.

Moral Topics: Christian Sexual Ethics

Benjamin Durheim | MORL 428 | 3 credits


  • May 23-July 15
  • On Campus/Synchronous meetings -- June 20-24
  • This course examines Christian ethical approaches to sexuality and the body. The deeply human experience of living out enfleshed spiritual existence unceasingly invites theological-ethical consideration of questions of intimacy, desire, companionship, erotic love, procreation, and myriad other aspects of sex, gender, and the body. This course explores how Christian theologies have struggled to make sense of human sexuality, and the strains of theological ethics that work to discern fulfilling, lifegiving approaches to human sexual life, both in relation to each other and with God. In addition to classical approaches to Christian sexual ethics, the course will largely employ a lens of justice through which to study issues of sacramentality and the (sexual) body, eros in Christianity, celibacy, reproductive ethics, and queer theological approaches to sexual ethics.

    Spirituality and Mysticism

    Makrina Finlay, OSB |SPIR 432| 3 credits

    ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

    • May 23-July 15
    • On Campus/Synchronous meetings -- July 5-8
    • This course focuses on the mystical dimension of Christianity as exemplified in ancient and modern mysticsfrom Gregory Nyssa, Julian of Norwich and Theresa of Avila to Hans Urs von Balthasar and Dorothy Day, considering each from within his or her own historical and theological settings and in relationship to one another. It looks at the influence of this more personal experience of God on the broader church and its teaching, and considers the distinction between true from false mysticism as well as the influence of psychology on studies of mysticism.


    Applied Organ 

    Robert Koopmann, OSB | 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  | 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 - Keyboard Lessons will be offered in person or over ZOOM conferencing.

    Robert Koopmann, OSB |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.



    Clinical Pastoral Education

    PTHM 412|3 credits

    Students participate in a basic unit of an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program in an accredited site. Please contact us for the procedures to secure your site and for our billing structure for CPE.

    Practicum/Theological Reflection

    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 details available to coordinate site and supervisor processes. Please contact us.