Summer 2023 Course Schedule

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Summer 2023

JOIN US! We will offer  classes in person and remotely at Saint John's in Summer 2023!

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 22, 2023

Each course will have an intensive one-week meeting in June.


PTHM 418 Foundations of Spiritual Direction will meet for two weeks

PTHM 428 Integration Seminar in Spiritual Direction  is limited to students finishing the Spiritual Direction Certificate.

LMUS 417 Gregorian Chant III: Interpretation Seminar

Weekly readings in historical evolution of genres; singing of varied genres of chant (introit, gradual, office responsory, etc.). Weekly concluding lecture or, if possible 45-minute synchronous online session. Prerequisite: Gregorian Chant II or equivalent.

8 weeks:  May 22-July 8

Courses will end by July 14, 2023


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

May 15-June 1, 2023

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

Separate Registration required, please contact us.


Foundations 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 22-July 14
  • On Campus and Synchronous class meetings June 5-16 (two weeks)
  • Monday and Thursday, 8:30-11:30 AM, 1:30-4:30 PM; Tuesday and Friday, 8:30-11:30 AM

This course explores themes and practices integral to a Benedictine disposition for spiritual direction. Students will participate in experiential and reflective processes to learn and demonstrate contemplative listening in service of deepening relationship with God. Those who continue into the Practicum in Spiritual Direction will be well prepared for their responsibilities. Those who complete the course solely for personal and professional enrichment will have developed useful listening skills that apply well to other ministry contexts.

Prerequisites: SPIR 437 The Practice of Discernment in Prayer.

Integration Seminar in Spiritual Direction

Sam Rahberg | PTHM 428 | 3 credits

  • June 19-23
  • Note: Capstone course for Spiritual Direction Certificate Cohort
  • Must have completed Spiritual Direction Certificate Curriculum

Capstone course for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction. This seminar serves as the capstone course for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Students will demonstrate their ability to integrate their studies and practicum experiences into an analysis and application of spiritual direction competencies. Particular attention will be paid to a Benedictine disposition for listening with the ear of the heart.


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




    Columba Stewart, OSB |MONS  468| 1 credit

    ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

    • On Campus/Synchronous meetings -- June 5-8  8:00-11:15 AM M-TH

    The distinctive aspects and strengths of the Rule of Benedict, and a consideration of how and why the Rule became so widely used in the three hundred years after its composition, finally becoming the normative monastic rule in the Latin west.


    Just Worship:  Liturgy, Sacraments, and Ethics

    Samantha Slaubaugh |LTGY  468| 3 credits

    ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

    • May 22-July 14
    • On Campus/Synchronous meetings -- June 12-16

    What does baptism have to do with racial justice? What does Eucharist have to do with climate change? In this course, we will explore the ethical formative potential of the sacraments and liturgy of the church. Close readings of liturgical, mystagogical, and theological texts will facilitate students’ own exploration of the relationship between liturgy, sacrament, and ethics and its impact on contemporary global and national concerns.


      Leadership for Pastoral Program Improvement

      Jeff Kaster |PTHM 468 | 3 credits

      ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

      • May 22-July 14
      • On-Campus/Synchronous meetings --June 12-16 

      This practical theology course will explore effective leadership methodology for program improvement. Essentially this course seeks to integrate theology with strategic leadership skills. It is designed for catechetical leaders, liturgical leaders, pastoral leaders, and/or administrative leaders.  Leadership methods explored in this course include goal setting, needs assessment, survey development, strategic planning, and evaluation for program improvement.  The main work in this course will be for students to develop a project utilizing these strategic leadership skills.  The goal of the course will be for students to improve a pastoral program or initiative that they currently lead or plan to help lead in the future



      Laszlo Simon, OSB | SSOT 416 | 3 credits

      ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

      • May 22-July 14
      • On-Campus / Synchronous meetings -- June 19-23

      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.


          Christian Prayer

          Ian Gerdon |SPIR 431| 3 credits

          ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

          • May 22-July 14
          • On Campus/Synchronous meetings -- June 19-23

          This class will explore the theologies and practices of prayer, especially as developed in the monastic tradition. Attention will be given to how prayer: 1) connects with theological issues like divine providence; 2) influences community life and individual action; and 3) differs in the Eastern and Western Christian traditions. Through readings drawn from classic monastic authors, commentaries on the Our Father and Psalms, and contemporary treatments of prayer, we will seek to understand John Cassian’s teaching that the goal of Christianity is to make “one’s whole way of life and all the yearnings of one’s heart … a single and continuous prayer.”


          Applied Organ 

          Samuel Holmberg | 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 

          Gyehyun Jung  | 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 

          Samuel Holmberg |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.

          Gregorian Chant III:  Interpretive Seminar

          Anthony Ruff, OSB |LMUS 417|1 credit

          Advanced seminar on singing Latin chant expressively, based on scholarly investigation of genre, modality, rhythm, and liturgical spirituality. Weekly readings in historical evolution of genres; singing of varied genres of chant (introit, gradual, office responsory, etc.). Weekly concluding lecture or, if possible 45-minute synchronous online session. Prerequisite: Gregorian Chant II or equivalent.




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