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Graduate Courses for Spring 2016

Biblical Studies

  • BIBL6201AA Pentateuch MW 10 - 11:15AM Dr. Gregory Glazov
    This course will offer students an opportunity to delve deeply into the first five books of the Bible. Students will study how these books present the Bible's primeval history, Patriarchal, Exodus and Wilderness narratives, and the Laws given to Israel through Moses. The course introduces the students to these stories and laws, to Jewish and Patristic interpretations of their religious and theological importance and to scholarly theories about their shape, design, meanings and origins. Particular attention will be given to questions about the role of myth in these narratives, and to the meaning of the covenants which punctuate it.
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  • BIBL6205AA Wisdom Lit & Psalms MW 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Dr. Gregory Glazov
    Students will have an opportunity to closely examine the notion of wisdom in the ancient Near East through study of various Psalms, and books such as Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Ben Sira and Wisdom of Solomon. Through this course, students will better understand the roots of Israel's and the Church's prayer life, and the wisdom which the scriptures bring to the spheres of everyday practical life, suffering and love.
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  • BIBL6410NA/ STHO6531NA Catholic Epistles/Hebrews W 6:30 - 9:00 PM Rev. Pablo Gadenz
    This course presents the Epistle to the Hebrews together with the seven Epistles, known as the seven Catholic or General Epistles: James, 1-2 Peter, 1-2-3 John and Jude. These works present a witness to Jesus of those who had seen him in his earthly career, namely two members of his family (James and Jude) and two of the most important of the Twelve (Peter and John). While discussing various scholarly debates about the Epistles, the course emphasizes basic themes and structures.
    Course Explanation : This course offers an exegetical study of Hebrews and its theme of the priesthood of Christ. Other themes to be studied include the common priesthood of the faithful (1 Peter) and justification (James, compared to Paul).
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  • BIBL6503AA Johannine Literature MW 8:30 - 9:45 AM Rev. Pablo Gadenz
    In this biblical studies course, students are introduced to the scholarly study of the Gospel of John, with a view also to its use in the liturgy and pastoral ministry. The historical background, literary structure, recurrent themes, and theology of the Gospel are discussed, with special attention given to its Christology and Sacramental Theology. Numerous passages from the Gospel are considered through more detailed exegesis, using contemporary methods of biblical interpretation. The Gospel's relationship to the Johannine Epistles (1, 2, and 3 John) and the Book of Revelation are explored.
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Christian Ethics

  • CETH6105AA/NA Fundamental Moral Theology Dr. Justin Anderson
    Section AA: MW 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Section NA: W 6:30-9:00 PM
    This course will allow students to examine the central characteristics of Roman Catholic moral theology. Students will understand how the discipline unifies Scripture, tradition, the magisterium, human experience and reason, the universal desire for happiness, and the realities of sin and grace to express the dynamics of the Christian moral life conceived as a dialogic response to the gracious initiatives of God and ultimately as an act of worship that finds its source and summit in the Eucharist sacrifice.
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  • CETH6306AA Catholic Sexual Teaching M 10 AM - 12:45 PM Rev. Anthony Mastroeni
    Students will study the Church's historical and systematic teachings on sexuality through Scriptures, lectures, films, and case studies. Through their findings, students will develop an appreciation of the Catholic view of human sexuality. Topics that will be covered in this course are chastity, friendship, spousal love, procreation, temperance, natural family planning, extramarital sex, masturbation, homosexuality, and birth control. Learn More »
     
  • CETH6509AA/STHO6509AA Christian Marriage TR 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Rev. John Chadwick
    In this course, students will study the Biblical, historical, systematic and liturgical development of Christian marriage, from Biblical origins, Patristic thought, medieval synthesis, Reformation issues and Tridentine responses, to its contemporary theology. The course will cover issues related to the theology of marriage, e.g., sacramentality of marriage, divorce and remarriage, faith and marriage and the pastoral care of Christian marriage. Learn More »
     

Church History

  • HSTD6202AA History of Christianity II 8:30 - 11:15 AM Msgr. Robert Wister
    This survey course will provide an overview of the persons, events, institutions, movements and theological issues involved in the development of Christianity over twelve centuries from the close of the Apostolic Age to the advent of the Protestant Reformation. Learn More »

     
  • HSTD6310AA/PTHO6726AA History of Spirituality M 10 AM - 12:45 PM Dr. Dianne Traflet
    This course will provide students a survey of the history of Christian Spirituality from its Biblical origins to its contemporary situations. Students will be given an opportunity to delve deeply into the Patristic period, the time of the Desert Fathers the Franciscan and Dominican renewals, medieval spirituality, 20th-century movements, and so forth. Moreover, this course will encourage students to tap into the spirituality of saints such as Benedict, Augustine, Ignatius, and Francis de Sales. Learn More »

     
  • HSTD6839AA Art & Architecture of the Archdiocese of Newark W 1:30 - 4:15 PM Msgr. Robert Wister
    This course investigates the principles of historical and contemporary ecclesiastical architecture and applies them to churches of the archdiocese of Newark. It includes tours of exemplary churches and the ateliers of prominent architects and designers. The students will achieve knowledge and skills to interpret and evaluate the design of churches they encounter.

Pastoral Theology

  • PTHO6109AA Intro to Preaching R 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Rev. Krzysztof Maslowski
    This course will introduce students to homiletics and also engage them in the process of Biblical preaching, with attention to its pastoral function. Emphasis on organization, composition, and delivery will be made. Evaluations of several homilies preached to the class are made in this course as well. Learn More »
     
  • PTHO6401AA Canon Law General M 8:30 - 11:15 AM Msgr. Robert Coleman
    This course will offer an in-depth analysis of Church law and its role in the Church today. Students will learn about the history of canon law, particularly the 1983 Code. Moreover, the character of the 1983 Code of Canon Law as well as certain general institutes of law as they appear in Book I and particular canons in Books II and IV with reference to the status of laity and clerics will be considered in this course as well. Learn More »
  • PTHO6503AA Liturgical Practicum M 1:30 - 4:45 PM Msgr. Gerard McCarren
    Demonstration as well as practical exercises for priesthood candidates in the ministries of celebrating Eucharist and other sacramental liturgies, including RCIA and baptism of children, marriage, funerals, sacramental ministry to the sick and dying, Benediction, and the Liturgy of the Hours in parishes will be provided in this course.
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  • PTHO6601AA Pastoral Ministry: Introduction R 8:30 - 11:15 AM Rev. Timothy Christy
    This course will provide an introduction to pastoral theology in its mediating role between theological insight and pastoral practice. Moreover students will have an opportunity to focus on the pastoral situation as encountered through Catholic tradition, personal and cultural experience, aspects of pastoral ministry in the contemporary Church and ways of responding both pastorally and prophetically.
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  • PTHO6603AA Justice & Charity Ministry W 8:30 - 11:15 AM Dr. Justin Anderson
    This course considers the ways in which the Church today continues to fulfill the Gospel call to care for those in need, and to address issues of social justice. The role of the parish community and its leaders (priests, deacons and lay ministers) is explored. The collaborative work of clergy and laity is viewed in light of Catholic social teaching.
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  • PTHO6604AA Ministry of Sanctifying W 10 AM - 12:45 PM Dr. Julie Burkey
    This course will discuss the priest as presider in the worshipping community, together with the roles of other liturgical ministers and the assembly. This course will also focus on the nature of the parish as a praying people and of the family as a domestic Church. Students will learn to integrate liturgical planning, sacramental catechesis and community worship in parish life as well.
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  • PTHO6726AA History of Spirituality M 10 AM - 12:45 PM Dr. Dianne Traflet
    This course will provide students a survey of the history of Christian Spirituality from its Biblical origins to its contemporary situations. Students will be given an opportunity to delve deeply into the Patristic period, the time of the Desert Fathers, the Franciscan and Dominican renewals, medieval spirituality, 20th-century movements, and so forth. Moreover, this course will encourage students to tap into the spirituality of saints such as Benedict, Augustine, Ignatius, and Francis de Sales.
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Systematic Theology

  • STHO6202NA Revelation and Faith T 6:30 - 9 PM Rev. Thomas Guarino
    An historical and systematic examination of the Catholic understanding of God's Self-Communication and humanity's correlative response in faith will be made in this course. Students will have an opportunity to focus on revelation: transmission of revelation; natural and supernatural revelation; Reformation and sola Scriptura; Trent and tradition; Newman on doctrinal development; and la nouvelle théologie and Vatican II. Students also will explore faith: grace and faith; faith and scholasticism; Luther and sola fides; Trent on fides fiducialis; Vatican I and rational preparation for the act of faith; Blondel and the apologetics of Immanence; and contemporary attempts (e.g., Rahner, Tracy, Metz) to ground the act of faith.
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  • STHO6205AA Christian Anthropology MW 8:30 - 9:45 AM Rev. Hong-Ray Cho
    This course will examine human existence, nature and reality from the perspective of Christian revelation. Scriptural thought on the human person as a created being in relationship to God, people and creation will be discussed. Students will also learn and study the Catholic teaching on Original Sin, evil, redemption, grace divinization and resurrection in the light of the Paschal Mystery of Christ. The course concludes with topics on Christian eschatology, the traditional four "Last Things" of death judgment, heaven and hell in regards to theological anthropology.
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  • STHO6207AA Ecclesiology T 8:30-11:15 AM Rev. Lawrence Porter
    The mystery of the Church in its various human incarnations throughout history such as the Church's foundation, nature, and fundamental structure will be studied in this course. Themes covered in this course are pluralism and the development of ecclesial life; "models" of the Church; and the importance of Mary in the life of the Christian Community. Learn More »
     
  • STHO6503AA Sacraments of Initiation TR 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Msgr. Gerard McCarren
    A Biblical, historical, theological, and liturgical treatment of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, including the theologically normative adult initiation with restored catechumenate and its pastoral adaptation to infant baptism, confirmation, and the first Eucharist of children; anthropological, Christological, and ecclesial dimensions of sacramentology; and the questions common to the seven sacraments will be made in this course. Learn More »
     
  • STHO6507AA Reconciliation & Anointing R 8:30-11:15 AM Rev. Frederick Miller
    This course will look into the Sacrament of Penance in its systematic, moral, pastoral, and liturgical aspects, with special attention to the ministry of the priest-confessor. Through this course, students will learn about the Sacrament of the Sick in its Biblical roots, historical evolution, systematic theology, and contemporary liturgical celebration. Learn More »

     
  • STHO6585NA Creation & Science R 6:30 - 9 PM Rev. Joseph Laracy
    This course seeks to deepen a student's understanding of the relationship between the Catholic theology of creation and contemporary empirical science. Topics to be covered include the birth of science, the historical-philosophical environment of this birth, the interventions of recent Popes on the issue, the specificity of the cosmos as shown by current science, the unity of the cosmos and its beauty, the importance of philosophical realism, the doctrine of creation ex nihilo et cum tempore, the theory of the Big Bang, and the theory of evolution. Primary sources will be emphasized. Learn More »
     
  • STHO6740AA/PTHO6252AA Priesthood and Ministry W 10 AM- 12:45 PM Rev. Lawrence Porter
    This course will set forth the history and theology of the presbyteral office or priestly ministry in the Catholic Church and the relationship of priestly ministry to other ministries in the Church, such as lay ministry; the other two forms of ordained ministry, episcopal and diaconal; and the Petrine ministry. Learn More »

 

Center of Diaconal Formation Courses

Archdiocese of Newark
Diocese of Metuchen Cohort 2 (class of 2017)
Diocese of Metuchen Cohort 3 (class of 2019)


STEPS Courses (off-site in Ridgewood, NJ)

  • STHO6503RW Sacraments of Initiation M 6:30 - 9:00 PM Rev. Thomas Dente
    A Biblical, historical, theological, and liturgical treatment of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, including the theologically normative adult initiation with restored catechumenate and its pastoral adaptation to infant baptism, confirmation, and the first Eucharist of children; anthropological, Christological, and ecclesial dimensions of sacramentology; and the questions common to the seven sacraments will be made in this course. Learn More »
     
  • HSTD6809RW History of Christianity R 6:30 - 9:00 PM Msgr. Raymond Kupke
    This survey course will provide an overview of the persons, events, institutions, movements and theological issues involved in the development of Christianity over twelve centuries from the close of the Apostolic Age to the advent of the Protestant Reformation.

Certificate in Catholic Evangelization Courses

  • BBL 6571 The Parables of Jesus
    From the Prodigal Son to the Good Samaritan to the Good Shepherd, there are few things as familiar to us as these disarmingly simple yet penetrating narratives that Jesus used to articulate and proclaim the Kingdom of God during his ministry. They were fashioned by him both to awaken insight and to provoke response in his listeners. This course provides a close study of selected parables of Jesus from the Synoptic Gospels. Particular attention is paid to the cultural, biblical and literary contexts of the parables examined, so that students might approach "hearing" the parables as did their first audiences, both grasping their profound insights and responding to their call to conversion. Through doing so, students will come to appreciate the parables as indispensable sources of theology by and about Jesus, and as fonts for authentic Christian spirituality in our own day. (Cross-referenced to PTHO 6571) 3 credits

Undergraduate Theology Courses

  • THEO 1102 The Bible: Word of God and Book of the Church
    This course introduces students to many ways Catholics have read and interpreted Sacred Scripture. Focusing on key Old Testament and New Testament passages, the course surveys historical-critical, narrative and canonical approaches, as well as methods grounded in liturgy and lectio divina, highlighting the advantages and challenges of each. (Professor: Rev. Douglas Milewski, S.T.D.)
    Section AA: MW 9:30 - 10:45 am
    Section AB: MW 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

     
  • THEO 1404 Life of the Soul: Introduction to Catholic Prayer and Spiritual Traditions
    This course considers the centrality in the Catholic tradition of: a spiritual life rooted in personal prayer; the Church's various traditions of prayer and spirituality (e.g. Benedictine, Dominican, Franciscan, Carmelite and Jesuit); and prayer as a basis of both radical personal transformation and modes of communal Christian life, (e.g. monasticism, religious life and ecclesial movements). (Professor: Christopher Cimorelli)
    Section AA: MW 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
    Section AB: MW 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

     
  • THEO 1502 The Church's Saving Mysteries: Introduction to Roman Catholic Liturgy and Sacraments
    This course considers the worship of the sacraments of the Catholic Church as necessary expressions and celebrations of the presence of Jesus Christ's Incarnation and Paschal Mystery, how these encounters with Christ have shaped Catholic doctrine, and the role of liturgy and sacraments in human transformation to fulfillment in God. (Professor: Eric Johnston, Ph.D.)
    Section AA: MW 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
    Section AB: MW 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

     
  • THEO 2212 The Culture of Life
    This course examines how human personal life is fulfilled in social relationship; how the particular setting of family, nation and culture all receive a deeper understanding through the revelation of Jesus Christ; and how this reflection has led the Church to articulate a comprehensive body of teachings concerning social, legal, medical, political and economic institutions. (Professor: Eric Johnston, Ph.D.)
    Section AA: MW 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
     
  • THEO 3294 Holiness in the Christian States of Life
    This course will treat of the nature and importance of the spiritual life in the Catholic tradition. It will then examine the various Christian "states of life" and the way each state incarnates Christian holiness. The course will take Lumen Gentium, chapter 5, "The Call of the Whole Church to Holiness" as the guide, and then study the particular paths of the laity, the clergy, and religious men and women. Texts to be examined and discussed include: "Christifideles Laici", "Pastores Dabo Vobis", "Vita Consecrata" of John Paul II, and Hans Urs von Balthasar's "The Christian State of Life". (Professor: Rev. Frederick Miller, S.T.D.)
    Section AA: TR 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
     
  • THEO 3411 Theology of Dante's Commedia
    This course entails a detailed reading of Dante's masterpiece The Divine Comedy. The poem's theological content will be uncovered, especially its doctrinal, spiritual, liturgical, biblical and historical layers as well as its artistic construction. The Commedia will be read in translation. (Professor: Rev. Douglas Milewski, S.T.D.)
    Section AA: MW 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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