SP 611 DE The Spirituality of the Deacon
With particular emphasis on the formation and ministry of permanent deacons in the United States, this course correlates the sources, principles and practices of sound spirituality with the fundamental truths of Catholic faith, with the reality of human nature as redeemed and graced, and with practical aspects of spirituality in diaconal ministry. It highlights development of sound spirituality in the context of the Church and emphasizes the need for, and spiritual benefits of, ongoing integration of spiritual reading, personal prayer, private devotion, liturgical worship, and pastoral practice throughout a deacon’s ministry to the faithful.
BI 611 Synoptic
Sacred Scripture, the
soul of theology, provides an essential foundation for
understanding one’s ministry. This course consists of
an examination of the three synoptic Gospels:
Matthew, Mark, and Luke, including a
consideration of the interrelationships among the
three Gospels, as well as an investigation of the Acts
of the Apostles.
Specific attention will be given to the
questions of authorship and theological purpose,
audience, dates and significant themes in each
individual Gospel and Acts.
Various interpretive methods, some classical
and others more modern, will be employed.
Three major points that will be addressed are the
Pentecost, the first apostolic evangelizations and the
Missionary letters of St. Paul.
DO 841 Philosophy for
explores the relationship between philosophy and
Christian theology from the perspective of the deacon
and in particular those who are studying to become
deacons or those who are already ministering as
deacons. Students are introduced to
the influence that key philosophers have had
throughout the centuries in shaping Christian theology
in both its understandings and forms of expression.
The course covers not only the ancient philosophers
but also post modernism in relation to truth and moral
philosophy. The course uses as its pretext
the contention of the author of the textbook used in
the course that "Everyone needs to know
some philosophy in order to understand the major
doctrines of Christianity or to read a great
theologian intelligently." The goal of the
course is for the deacon or deacon candidate to
understand theology a little better by appreciating
the philosophical underpinning of all theology.
725 DE Sacramental Theology
This course presents a comprehensive study of the
theology and rites of the Sacraments of the Roman
For each sacrament the course examines the
biblical foundations, the way that the Church has
understood and practiced its life of prayer and
sanctification throughout history, and the way that
the Roman Catholic Church currently celebrates the
Rites of the Sacraments. An emphasis is placed on:
personal integration of materials studied;
developing one’s ability to clearly communicate the
meaning of the Sacraments in a ministry setting;
studies of the current Catholic Rites
preparation of a teaching approach applicable in one’s
ministry context (present or future)
The goals of the course are to
allow the participant to examine the liturgy and
meaning of particular sacraments; to situate Catholic
sacramental practices within pastoral contexts
relevant to participants present or future ministry
settings; and to apply principles of Catholic
Sacramental teaching in the participant’s ministerial
These goals are achieved through a better
understanding of the historical development of each
sacrament celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church and
by studying the liturgical texts for each sacrament.
PA 641 Better Homilies
for the Deacon
This course will explore
good homiletic creation and delivery by first
exploring what makes a good homily. The difference
between a homily and a sermon will be discussed.
Students will be shown how to bring the scriptural
readings to life by using everyday-day examples that
will motivate and inspire parishioners. In addition,
student will be shown how to perform an exegetical
probe into the cultural, historical, grammatical and
contextual meaning of the particular periscopes that
will provide a scholarly background for sermon
preparation by using standard commentaries. The use of
insights, anecdotes, quotations and references to
current events that dovetail with the sermon material
to bring out the preaching point will be emphasized.
Different examples of preaching styles will be
explored as well as different occasions such as
preaching at children liturgies, funerals, weddings,
Sunday liturgies, and so on. Prayers, responsive
readings and hymns relating to the Scripture theme
that help create a worship experience that tie
seamlessly with the homily will be considered.
Finally, peer participation in analyzing and
critiquing homily creation and delivery will help each
student to learn from one another to develop the best
possible homily your parishioners have ever heard.
Listeners will be moved, inspired and awestricken by
your new-found homiletic skills.
PA 868 DE: Pastoral Counseling for the Deacon
This course presents basic counseling theory, processes and skill development, focused on assessment, listening, and goal setting. This course briefly outlines various emotional/mental disorders which may assist the non-professional counselor to make appropriate assessment and professional referral. This course is specifically designed for those deacons in pastoral settings who have come from other disciplines, and aims to introduce students to a variety of tools, strategies, and methodologies. Special emphasis will be placed upon helping the deacon recognize some common issues and problems which they are likely to encounter. Personal counseling styles will be addressed as a means of enabling each participant to understand his or her own strengths and weaknesses in a pastoral care setting. This course will permit the deacon to identify the critical differences between pastoral care and professional counseling, particularly as it relates to the nature and limits of the pastoral counseling task. This course will also assist the deacon in understanding the elements of the counseling process and gain experience of elementary counseling interventions through practice and role-play, and to help learners to understand their own personal style of relating and its influence on the counseling process. This course will also introduce deacons to a wide range of helpful resources relating to pastoral care and counseling.
CL 612 DE Canon Law for Deacons: Canon Law plays an important part in every element of the deacon’s ministry. As deacons, in addition to being guided by the precepts of canon law, you will be seen as a de facto subject-matter expert by many with whom you come into contact. Canon law, the oldest continuously functioning legal system in the western world is the internal legal system of the Catholic Church. It affects, to one degree or another, virtually every aspect of Catholic life, sometimes much more intimately than many people realize; other times, though, much less directly than one might have otherwise thought.
This course has been developed specifically for deacons, based on numerous requests from officers and members of the National Association of Diaconate Directors. This course of instruction is based on the 1983 Code of Canon Law, which guides the western or Roman, church. The code consists of over 1700 canons or rules, divided into seven topics, or "books. While the official language is Latin, be not afraid! – This course will be conducted in English.
883 DE Counseling of Marriage and Family
Based upon the requests of deacons who have taken the course in the past and asked that the course be updated to include components of counseling, the designed course will include components on the following:
Marriage preparation in the parish
Dignity of life
Pre Cana defined and explained
The value of FOCUS before and after the wedding
Common causes of marriage difficulties
Parish counseling versus professional counseling (we are NOT professionals)
The annulment process and other methods of declaring a marriage invalid
A happy marriage and family life – the ultimate goal of every marriage in the Church
Finally, the courses emphasis the need for the development of sound spirituality in the context of the Church and emphasizes the need for, and spiritual benefits of ongoing integration of spiritual reading, personal prayer, private devotion, liturgical worship, and pastoral practice throughout a deacon’s ministry to the faithful.
PA 931 DE Health Care
Ministry for the Deacon
This course is designed to introduce participants
to the role of the hospital chaplain. The job of the
hospital chaplain is discussed in relation to the
six major roles performed by the hospital chaplain.
Basic responsibilities and day-to-day tasks are discussed
Modules of study include how to visit the sick; death,
bereavement, and end of life issues; cross-cultural
chaplaincy; hospice and palliative care; behavioral
care, crisis ministry, and professionalism.
Participants are required to visit a hospital, work
with a chaplain, complete assigned tasks relating
to clinical visits, read assignments, complete reflection
papers, and participate in objective assessment. Recommendations
are made on how to become a professional chaplain
and resources for further study are given. This course
is appropriate for any Deacon, regardless of current
parish assignments. The novice will gain much insight
for future pastoral care, and the veteran will share
his experiences and have an opportunity to reflect
on how closely reality and theory have met.
Distance Learning Program for the Diaconate
The Pontifical College Josephinum
7625 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43235
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