Summer 2024 Course Schedule

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Summer 2024

JOIN US! We will offer  classes in person and remotely at Saint John's in Summer 2024!

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 20, 2024

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


PTHM 459G Rural Immersion will meet in person for 9 days May 31-June 8

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.

PTHM 468  Media Mindfullness will begin with its opening zoom the week of June 24.

Courses will end by July 26, 2024


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!



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 20-July 12
  • On Campus and Synchronous class meetings June 3-14 (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 17-21
  • Note: Capstone course for Spiritual Direction Certificate Cohort
  • Must have completed Spiritual Direction Certificate Curriculum

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.



    RURAL IMMERSION -- Rural Immersion--Minnesota

    Ben Durheim  | PTHM 459G  | 3 credits

    NOTE:  This course is available only in-person.

    Dates:  May 31-June 8   Varied class days

    The Rural Immersion Program at Saint John’s School of Theology/Seminary is an intensive 8-day introduction to rural contexts and cultures, and the forms of Christian ministry within them. The program focuses on helping students encounter and understand rural economic systems, health systems, and diverse cultural and aesthetic characteristics from perspectives of Christian ministerial practice. Anchored by shared prayer and theological reflection at Saint John’s School of Theology/Seminary and Saint John’s Abbey and Saint Benedict’s Monastery, the program includes engaging diverse rural churches, spaces of nature, family and industrial farms, rural healthcare institutions, rural and small-town manufacturing enterprises, and more.

    Additional separate registration required, please contact us.

    HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY--History of Christianity I

    Jakob Rinderknecht |HCHR 402 | 3 credits

    ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

    • On Campus/Synchronous meetings -- June 3-7  8:15-11:15 AM, 1:30-4:00 PM  M-TH, 8:15-11:15 AM F

    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.

    BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY--The Rule of Benedict and Covenantal Love

    Fr. Mark Scott, OCSO |MONS  442/ SPIR 442 | 1 credit

    ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

    • On Campus/Synchronous meetings -- June 10-14  8:15-11:15 AM M-T-TH-F

    This course will examine how the Rule of Saint Benedict creates a community of moral obligation based in covenantal love, paying special attention to how these relationships today participate in and enact the covenantal love of Jesus Christ, true God and true human.

    BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY-- Maintaining Stability and Remaining Open to Change: How Benedictine Values Form Us   --THIS COURSE IS CLOSED

    Kathleen Norris  |MONS  443/ SPIR 443 | 1 credit

    ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

    • On Campus/Synchronous meetings -- June 24-28  8:30-11:15 AM  M-T-TH-F

    In this class we'll discuss ways in which the Benedictine values of stability, conversion of life, hospitality, respect for community, and prayer can form us in unexpected but important ways.

      PASTORAL THEOLOGY / DOCTRINE  -- Theologies of Mental Health

      Jessica Coblentz |PTHM 468 / DOCT 468  | 3 credits

      ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

      • May 20-July 12
      • On-Campus/Synchronous meetings --June 17-21  8:15-11:15 AM, 1:30-4:00 PM  M-T-W-TH, 8:15-11:15 AM F

      This course will initiate students into contemporary Christian theological discussions that have arisen in view of and in response to mental health issues. After learning the basic features of two major conditions—trauma and depression—students will engage texts that explore the implications of these conditions for a wide range of Christian doctrines and issues including sin and grace; Christology, soteriology, and eschatology; and theodicy and other theologies of God.   Cross listed PTHM / DOCT.


      SCRIPTURE -- Eucharist in the New Testament

      Charles Bobertz | SSNT 468  | 3 credits

      ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

      • May 20-July 12
      • On-Campus / Synchronous meetings -- June 10-14   8:15-11:15 AM, 1:30-4:00 PM  M-T-W-TH, 8:15-11:15 AM F

      The Eucharistic revival in the Church today invites us to return to the source and summit of our faith in the celebration of the Eucharist. This course will explore the source of our understanding of the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, in Paul’s letters and the four Gospels. Beginning with Paul’s understanding of the liturgical gathering as the in-breaking of the messianic age, we will go on to the explore how the Gospel narratives were built around the experience of the resurrected Christ in Christian liturgy. Our study of the Eucharist in the New Testament, the original Eucharistic revival, will deepen our understanding of, and appreciation for, the celebration of the Eucharist in the Church today.

          SPIRITUALITY / MORAL THEOLOGY  --Catholic Environmental Ethics and Spirituality

          Lucas Briola |SPIR 468 / MORL 428| 3 credits

          ON-CAMPUS and SYNCHRONOUS Participation

          • May 20-July 12
          • On Campus/Synchronous meetings -- June 17-21  8:15-11:15 AM, 1:30-4:00 PM  M-T-W-TH, 8:15-11:15 AM F

          Inspired by the integral ecology of Laudato Si’, this course explores Catholic commitment to care for our common home. It does so from a theological perspective, focusing especially on the spiritual roots of the crisis and spiritual resources from within the Catholic tradition (such as Benedictine spirituality) that can inform one’s response to that crisis. That is, this course aims to help students express how one might live in right relationship with God, neighbor, and creation and promote ecclesial practices that hear the cries of the earth and the poor.   Cross listed SPIR and MORL.


          Applied lessons June 3-June 28.  Individually scheduled.

          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.



          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 A-E 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.