2017 Summer Preview

Registration Opens 2/1/2017

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SSOT 406  Biblical  History and Sites (1) | Michael Patella, OSB

May 16 - June 7, 2017

This course forms the educational component for the study tour of the Holy Land. It surveys the historical and archaeological sites which provide the context for both the Old and New Testaments as well as includes visits to places held sacred by Christians and those revered by Jews and Muslims.



The classes listed below will be structured as hybrid classes, with starting components on-line, a one-week intensive session on the Saint John's campus, and final work again on-line.  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 on-line components

June          Dates below for campus sessions; meeting times to be determined by instructors

July 15      Classes are completed


SSNT 468  A Sacramental Reading of Mark's Gospel  (3) | Charles Bobertz

On-Campus June 5-9

HCHR  404  History of Christianity II  (3) |Kevin Mongrain

On-Campus    June 12-16, 2017

This course will examine the development of the Christian tradition, including the expression of seminal doctrines within the Christian church, from the 11th century to the present day. 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 second millennium, paying attention to the ways in which the lived experience of Christian peoples informs and shapes its thinking.

DOCT 414   Eschatology  (3) | Jakob Rinderknecht

On-Campus  June 19-23

  • Students explore the eschatological dimensions of the Christian experience. This engagement with the Christian hope of eternal life will also attend to the place of Mary in the Church's theology and a theology of the saints.


The classes listed below will be held at Saint John's campus.

Short Courses

SPIR 468 / SSOT 468 A Love-story on the Verge of Scandals - The Book of Ruth  (1) |Laszlo Simon, O.S.B.

Ruth the Moabite excellently represents "the other." She is a woman in a man's world; a widow and without a child in a society for which infertility was a mark of shame; a foreigner and also an enemy. Her arrival in Bethlehem, inevitably, shakes the Judeans' sociopolitical foundations. What is more, the Book of Ruth is the only one in the Bible carrying the name of a Gentile. All things considered, this little book seems to have all the ingredients that can make it a subversive document.

The course aims at reading the story of Ruth from three different points of view. First, a narrative analysis will delve into the subtleties of this finely chiseled short story. Second, the plot will be read as a commentary on the Law. Third, it will be illustrated that, setting against the backdrop of recent gender studies concerning the Bible, the Book of Ruth can play an essential role in a feminist canonical hermeneutic which both accepts the normative function of the canon and also resists the androcentricity of much of the canonical literature.

  • Cross listed: SSOT 468--SPIR 468.

 June 5-9

Class meets M-T-W-TH-F

8:30-11:45 AM


Three Week Courses

 June 12-30, 2016

Classes will meet Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

8:30-11:45 AM

Wednesday is a study/reading/rest day


SSNT 468 / SSOT 468/ SPIR 468  Prayer in the Bible  (3) |  Laszlo Simon, O.S.B.

  • Prayer is the lifeblood of religion, the indispensable factor in every form of piety and faith. It expresses a person's deepest convictions about God, this world, human life and all human relationships. Prayer - in addition to being a datum of religious experience generally - is also a task for theological understanding. That means, for the Christian, an understanding of prayer as it is portrayed in the life and teaching of Jesus, and as it is presented in the writings of his followers - giving attention always to its basis in the Old Testament and its development within the New Testament itself. The course will focus on three main topics: the Book of Psalms, New Testament hymns, and the Lord's Prayer. 
  • Cross listed: SSNT 468--SSOT 468--SPIR 468.

LTGY 468 01A  Liturgy and Justice  (3)  | Benjamin Durheim

This course examines the connections between practices of liturgy and justice.  The course will draw both from classical sources (such as Augustine, John Chrysostom, Cyril of Jerusalem, and Thomas Aquinas) and from contemporary texts.  The course will prepare students to articulate and critique theologies that connect (or disconnect) liturgy and justice, as well as to connect liturgy and justice in a parish setting.


PTHM 418  Dynamics of Spiritual Direction (3) | Becky Van Ness

  • 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.
  • Prerequisites: "The Practice of Discernment in Prayer." 

MORL 468  The Environment in Christian Theology  (3) | Bernie Evans

Pope Francis, in his 2014 encyclical Laudato Si', tells us that nature is a place where we can know and appreciate the beauty, goodness and love of God.  He then challenges us to re-imagine our place within the rest of God's creation - to draw from our Christian theological tradition, but also to find new paths as we confront such modern environmental challenges as water shortages and climate change.  This course explores that tradition with its sometimes negative and sometimes positive assessment of the natural, material world, and asks how our theology can guide us in responding to the environmental crises of our time.



PTHM 412 01A Clinical Pastoral Education (3) | Barbara Sutton

Students participate in a basic unit of an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program.

PTHM 459 01A- 09A Practicum/Theological Reflection (1-6) | Barbara Sutton

  • 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.

Focus Areas:

  • 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



LMUS 407 01A Applied Organ (1) |Kim Kasling

  • TBA
  • 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.

LMUS 408  Applied Voice (1) | Carolyn Finley/ Patricia Kent

  • TBA
  • This course covers the fundamentals of singing and vocal pedagogy (breathing, efficient use of voice, diction, etc.) and addresses differing musical styles and the need to interpret the music based on the performance practices of given periods in music history. Voice majors will study and perform significant bodies of solo repertoire. Majors and secondary voice students will emphasize technique and pedagogical skills appropriate to roles as choral directors.

LMUS 409 01 Applied Composition (1) | Brian Campbell

  • TBA
  • Individualized coaching in advanced composition of sacred music and music appropriate for liturgical performance. Work in various forms and styles is possible, depending on the needs and interests of individual students. Students should normally have a bachelor's degree in music or equivalent training and have significant experience in music composition. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and the liturgical music program director.

LMUS 468A 01A Final Project-Recital (1)


  • The final project is developed in consultation with a student's faculty adviser. The project might be a lecture-recital, a research paper and public defense, or a hymn festival.