Summer 2014 Semester
May 12 - August 2, 2014
BI 510 DE - Pentateuch
PA 951 DE - Parish Administration
PA 631 DE - Principles of
MO 844 DE - Topics in Moral Theology
DE Fundamental Theology
BI 611 DE
Philosophy for Understanding Theology
PA 931 DE
Health Care Ministry
BI 512 DE Pentateuch
The purpose of this course is to introduce the content
and structure of the five books of the Torah. An
historical overview of methodology used for the study
of the Pentateuch will be presented, as well the
relation of the Pentateuch to the rest of the Old and
A student who successfully
completes this course will be able to describe the
five books in the Torah, their relationship to Old and
New Testaments and be prepared to incorporate the
Pentateuch in reflection, study and preaching.
DE Parish Administration
course provides priests, deacons and parish administrators
with a comprehensive overview of civil, legal and financial
issues which may be encountered in a parish setting.
It also provides a structured overview of various scenarios
likely to be present in a parochial setting, and does
so in both the context of civil and canon law. Topics
addressed include: overview of civil law, contracts,
negligence and premise liability; land use and zoning,
employment law, worker’s compensation and unemployment
compensation; civil law regarding marriages and families,
festivals, Bingo and games of chance; casinos, game-nights
and liquor liability, tax exempt status, confidentiality
and privileged communication; protection of children,
and financial management. This course has been developed
and reviewed by experienced attorneys, accountants,
and pastors/ deacon administrators of wide and varying
experience. This course is particularly recommended
for those who do not bring a strong business-management
background to a pastoral setting, as well as for newly-ordained
or newly-assigned priests, deacons and pastoral administrators.
Although offered under the sponsorship of the Institute
for the Formation and Ministry of the Diaconate, enrollment
is not restricted to Permanent Deacons.
PA 631 DE Principles of Catechetics
As person of faith and a deacon, you continually catechize all of those around you. This course assists both new and experienced deacons to raise this catechesis to the conscious, thoughtful level. Our focus for this twelve-week course will be the realization that the authentic and on-going growth in knowledge and faith for all of those entrusted to the catechetical care of the Church is paramount. This course looks at how to both form and inform God’s faithful in the Catholic faith – engaging both the head and the heart. We explore the balance struck toward this goal over the history of Christianity. The readings, forums, and deliverables are particularly designed to allow deacons to find that balance for themselves and for their ministry. Course outcomes include:
1. Familiarizing and enabling deacons to understand and use the long and rich history of catechesis in the Church to ensure effective catechetical ministry in a modern setting.
2. Differentiating various means and tools of catechesis.
3. Discussing the most recent ecclesiastical pronouncements and resources of the Church regarding catechesis.
4. Explaining catechesis and the catechism of the Catholic Church more effectively to the faithful, using the images and religiosity of widely disparate faith traditions while remaining faithful and supporting the magisterium. The facilitator for this session will be Father Patrick Manning, Dean of the School of Theology at Walsh University.
MO 844 DE Topics in Moral Theology
This course includes the study of the interaction of the theological traditions of East and West, both today and throughout history, with emphasis on a particular theme or set of questions in Christian ethics. This course introduces the deacon to the foundational principles of Christian ethics from Eastern and Western considerations of basic themes: 1) the relationship between moral theology and Christian ethics; 2) God as source of the moral life; 3) the nature of the human person; 4) the problem of evil and the experience of sin; 5) conscience and moral decision-making.
This course provides the deacon with an opportunity to engage interactively with other deacons from various dioceses in critical reflection on selected moral topics as treated by the Eastern and Western Christian traditions: sexuality and marriage, bioethics from conception to death, and other life issues (globalization and poverty, war and peace, environmental ethics).
DO 511 DE
Fundamentals of Theology will be a course that
explores many of the subsets of theology that will
help understand the broad dimensions through which we
have come to know that God exists and how God has
revealed Himself to us.
This revelation of a transcendent being we call
God has been accepted by us through faith.
Our desire to understand our existence and the purpose
of life begins deep within ourselves as we search for
This search is what directs us to believe in something
more powerful than what we can see or feel.
The earth, the universe and all this is
contained in creation itself, is beyond our grasp of
As we are introduced to the way God has revealed His
presence to us in nature, and through scripture, we
will also become aware that revelation shows us the
light of faith, which overshadows the darkness of the
These diametrically opposed forces help us to
recognize that we live in a dualistic world of God’s
presence in God’s light of goodness as opposed to the
darkness of evil.
As our relationship grows with God, we begin to
examine the Christian view of ourselves and explore
our role in this relationship.
We will see how the development of the
historical church survived through to the twenty-first
The traditions established by the early Church provide
us with a well thought about and discussed Creed; the
core beliefs of the Catholic Church.
This Creed is fostered by the teaching arm of
the Church, the Magisterium, which acts as a servant
of God in the apostolic tradition handed down to us.
From its humbling beginning of the twelve apostles and
a small band of their followers, the Church of Jesus
Christ grew exponentially to where it is one of the
largest religions in the world. As Theology looks at
the Ecclesiology of faith, we will begin to see the
communal celebrations of the Church especially the
Eucharistic Celebration we call the Holy Mass.
The establishment of the Sacraments offered a
systemized way of receiving special graces, which God
offered to His baptized followers.
The Church of today offers many opportunities
for all the faithful to partake in the body of Christ,
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
From the first yearning that resonated within us,
inspiring us to search for something beyond reason, to
the journey we are now on, interest works with reason
to build faith.