MAM/MTS Spring 2020 Course Registration - Saint John's Seminary
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Spring 2020 Courses

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PLEASE NOTE: Prior to registration each term, students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Ministry or Master of Theological Studies Degree Programs must confer with Paul Metilly, Ph.D., Academic Dean of Saint John’s Seminary, to review course selection, course sequence and degree progress. Please contact Dr. Metilly at

This course is a general survey course spanning some 2000 years of Church history. The course will be split into three historical periods. The first historical period will cover the first century to the mid-ninth century. In this period, we will discuss the Roman Empire, the Christian Persecutions, the Constantinian Era, Christological Controversies, the Papacy, Monasticism, the Iconoclastic Controversy, Charlemagne, and the Carolingian Empire. The second historical period will cover the end of the ninth century to the early sixteenth century. In this period, we will discuss the Reform, the Great Schism in 1054, Monastic Reforms, the Investiture Controversy, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Great Western Schism, the Mendicant Orders, the Avignon Papacy, Scholasticism, and Humanism. The third historical period will cover from the mid-sixteenth century to the present. In this period, we will discuss the early Reformation, Catholic Reform — Trent, the Enlightenment, the Wars of Religion, Modernity, First Vatican Council, Second Vatican Council, and the Church beyond the Council.
Rev. Wayne Belschner | Tuesdays 5:00-7:00pm

Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom. This introductory course will provide an introduction to metaphysics, centering on Thomas’s achievement in enunciating the real distinction. It will also give an overview of modern Western philosophical critiques of metaphysics, focusing on Descartes, Kant, and Nietzsche. We will also examine Pope St. John Paul II’s contribution to the relation of faith and reason. An important goal of the course will be to equip students to research and write academic papers.
Dr. Angela Franks | Saturdays 8:30am to 12:30pm
Dates: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/14, 3/28, 4/18, 5/2

This course is a study of marriage in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, focusing upon the canonical prescriptions for its valid and licit celebration. Topics covered include marriage preparation, issues relating to the celebration and recording of marriage, matrimonial consent and impediments, and the annulment process.
Prof. Maria Galindez-Bianco
| Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm


This course will provide students with a broad overview of the social, political, and religious world of the New Testament and of central issues in New Testament interpretation such as the quest for the historical Jesus, the relationship between the four gospels, the role of Paul in the emerging Christian movement, and the centrality of the resurrection to the life and theology of the early Church. After studying these foundational topics, we will move on to survey key books of the New Testament, taking into account the literary, historical, and theological significance of these texts.
Rev. Peter Grover, OMV
| Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm

The goal of this course is to give the students a fuller appreciation of the liturgical life of the Church. This will be accomplished by first addressing a general understanding of what is meant by liturgy. The course will then look at each of the sacraments of the Church developing both an historical perspective of the sacraments’ liturgical expression and appreciation of the theology that underlies each of the sacraments. As part of the coursework the current ritual expression of each sacrament will be addressed to see how it continues the traditions of the Church and how it expresses the theology of the sacrament.
Rev. Brian Mahoney | Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm

This is a systematic study of the nature and mission of the Church, emphasizing particularly the vocation and mission of the baptized.
Rev. Christopher O'Connor | Saturdays 1:30-5:30pm 1/11 and 1/25
Saturdays 8:30am-12:30pm
2/8, 2/22, 3/14, 3/28, 4/18, 5/2

This course will lead students to a deeper understanding of the mystery of Christ, through a reflection upon Scripture, Tradition, and the contributions of key theologians. Additional topics in soteriology and Mariology will be explored. Theologians covered will include St. Gregory of Nazianzus, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, Luther, and Pope St. John Paul II. Using the theo-drama of Hans Urs von Balthasar, students will learn to enunciate the relation of mission and evangelization to Christology.
Note: This course is a hybrid course of classroom meetings and online sessions. For more information, please contact the MAM/MTS Program.
Dr. Angela Franks | Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12, 3/26, 4/16, 5/7, 5/14

This colloquium provides the keystone of the MTS formation program, during which important classical and modern works of theology and spirituality, great books of Western civilization (philosophy, literature), significant Church documents, great works of painting and music, and evangelically fruitful psychology and sociology will be explored. The Colloquium occurs nine times a year for two years (years A and B). A student can begin the two-year cycle with either year A or year B. The course is graded on a Pass/Fail grading scheme, and is required of MTS students in their first two years.
Saturdays-2/1, 3/21, 4/25-9:00am-1:00pm at the Pastoral Center and Monday-5/4-5:00-9:00pm at Saint John's Seminary

(Saturdays-2/1, 3/21, 4/25-9:00am-1:00pm at the Pastoral Center and Mondays-1/20, 5/4-5:00-9:00pm at Saint John's Seminary)


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