Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
Summer InstituteThe William J. Toth Summer Institute for Family Spirituality is the cornerstone activity of the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality. The Summer Institute is intended for those interested in graduate-level courses that explore the spiritual, pastoral and theological dimensions of family life. The 2011 summer courses are now offered on Saturdays, weekday evenings or online for added flexibility and convenience.

Immaculate Conception Seminary
School of Theology

400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
One Passaic St.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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Kris Hudak,, or Andrew Saunders,
Phone: (973) 313-6335

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BIBL 6571NA (21005) / PTHO 6571NA (21006) The Parables of Jesus
From the Prodigal Son to the Good Samaritan to the Good Shepherd, there are few things as familiar to us than these disarmingly simple yet penetrating narratives Jesus used to articulate and proclaim the Kingdom of God during his ministry.  They were fashioned by him to both awaken insight and provoke response in his listeners.  This course will provide a close study of selected parables of Jesus from the Synoptic Gospels.  Particular attention will be paid to the cultural, biblical, and literary contexts of the parables examined so that we might approach “hearing” the parables as did their first audiences, grasping both their profound insights and responding to their call to conversion.  Through doing so, we will come to appreciate the parables will be as indispensible sources of theology by and about Jesus as well as fonts for authentic Christian spirituality in our own day. 3 credits.   
Rev. Christopher Ciccarino   •M,R, 6:30- 9:30 p.m., May 19 - June 30• 

STHO 6505AA (20683) Eucharist

A Biblical, historical, systematic, liturgical and pastoral treatment of the Eucharist and the development of the Mass.  Questions relating to institution, Real Presence, sacred meal, sacrifice, eschatology and ecumenism are examined. 3 credits.
Dr. Jeffrey Morrow   •Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., May 21 – June 25•


BIBL 6231SA (21012) / PTHO 6267SA (21013) Suffering and the Book of Job
Many Old Testament texts explore the meaning of human suffering but the most sustained reflection on this subject is the Book of Job.   The book focuses on how Job, a man renowned for his righteousness, is forced to prove by his suffering that this righteousness is authentic.  In doing so, it prompts its readers to explore their own assumptions about suffering and righteousness and leads them to perceive how the meaning of human suffering is linked to religious freedom and love.   The book will be of interest to all who wish to understand the poetic and spiritual power of the Old Testament and its pastoral applications to life’s deepest problems. 
3 credits.
Dr. Gregory Glazov   •Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., June 11 – July 16• 

CETH 6252KN   (21007) / PTHO 6224KN (21008) / STHO 6252KN (21028) Theology of the Body
This course examines in depth the Theology of the Body as presented by Pope John Paul II, along with evaluative commentary from within the Catholic theological community.  It also explores the implications of this theology for sexual ethics, sacramentality of marriage and celibacy. 3 credits.
Dr. Eduardo Echeverria   •MTR, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. June 20 – July 12•

PTHO 6565AA (21027) / STHO 6565AA (21026) Dante and Lay Vocation
In this course, we will read all of Dante's Divine Comedy, and perhaps sections of his treatises "On Monarchy" and "On the Eloquence of the Vernacular."  Dante emphasizes the harmony of nature and grace, the path to God through the goodness of ordinary life and human love.  Thus our focus in class discussions and papers will be on what Dante reveals about the spirituality of ordinary life in the world, as opposed to the "easier path" -- as Dante describes it at the beginning of the Divine Comedy -- of religious life. 3 credits.
Dr. Eric Johnston   •TR, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 7 – July 12•


HSTD 6807NB (20936) American Christianity
The development of Christianity in the Americas from the beginnings of evangelization to the present, focusing on the Catholic Church in the United States; the impact of the English Reformation as setting the stage for the major cultural forces influencing the present-day United States; growth of the Church in the English colonies and its subsequent expansion, particularly due to 19th and 20th century immigration; Catholic education and the evolution of pastoral ministry; issues facing Catholicism in its contemporary encounter with cultural forces in America today. 3 credits.
Rev. Msgr. Raymond Kupke   •MR, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. July 7 – August 8•


BIBL 6506RW (21004) Introduction to Pauline & Johannine Literature 
This course aims to introduce the student to an appreciation of various historical, literary and theological aspects of the Fourth Gospel and of Paul’s Letters, especially those to the Galatians and Romans.  Special attention is paid to the way in which these writings reflect, interpret and develop the early Christian kerygma (proclamation) and thereby contribute to the Christian interpretation of Jesus, person and mission  (Christology and Soteriology) and the means by which faith in him as the Christ and Son of God communicates abundant life (the Sacraments and Ecclesiology). 3 credits.
Rev. Donald Blumenfeld   •MR, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., May 23 - June 27• 

Web-based, On-line Course

BIBL 6529WB (21010) / PTHO 6396WB (21009) Spirituality of the Old Testament 
The course introduces the student to the spiritual dimensions of the Old Testament as it is read by Christians of the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. The initial contours of such readings are clarified by contrasting them with ancient and modern heretical readings which demonize the Old Testament and wish it to be excised from the Christian canon. Deeper soundings of Old Testament spirituality are attempted by reference to Jewish philosophical perspectives on the Hebrew Bible. The course concludes by focusing on the spiritual value which John Paul II accorded to the Old Testament and Judaism in directing Christians to implement God's plan of salvation in history and in concrete personal life. 3 credits.
Dr. Gregory Glazov   •May 17 – August 8• 

Note: This schedule is subject to change. It is the registrant’s responsibility to verify class meeting dates and times by obtaining the latest version of the schedule or by calling the Office of the Associate Dean  at (973) 761-9633.
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