Spring 2014 Course Schedule

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DOCT 408 01A - Ecclesiology  (3) | 
Kristin Colberg

  • Tuesday/Thursday
  • 9:45-11:10 AM
  • Students examine the nature and structure of the Roman Catholic Church, including its apostolic origins, the Church as commu­nion and sacrament, magisterium and authority, local and universal Church, evangelization, ministry, and mission.

DOCT 424 01A - Theology of Sacraments and Worship | Annie McGowan

  • Monday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • Cross-listed with LTGY 424 01A
  • This course examines the roots of Christian worship in human myth, symbol, ritual, and celebration. Students will study the his¬torical development of sacramental life in the Church and theological reflection upon it. Contemporary approaches to a theology of sacrament, especially in relation to Christology and ecclesiology, will be included. 

HHTH 403 01A - Medieval Church History | Shawn Colberg

  • Wednesday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • This course surveys church history from the age of Benedict to the eve of the Reformation. Topics include the Christianization of northern and western Europe, the development of monastic and mendicant religious orders, scholastic theology, medieval heresy, spirituality and mysticism, the Christian art and literature of the Middle Ages, and the role of the papacy in creating a united "Christendom."  

HHTH 468 01A - Desert Ammas (3) | Mary Forman, OSB

  • WEB Class-No Campus--Cistercian/Religious Cohort only
  • Cross-listed with MONS 437 01A
  • Fourth century Christianity gave birth to a spirituality which called women out of conventional understandings of wife, courtesan, and/or mother into lives of prayer, service and the founding of communal households and monasteries. This course explores writings by and about such foremothers of the monastic movement as Macrina, Melania, Paula, Eustochium, Marcella, Syncletica, Mary of Egypt, and Egeria; their social and historical realities; and their influence then and now. 

LANG 402 01A - Reading Latin II  (3) | Anthony Ruff, OSB

  • TBA
  • Continuation of Reading Latin I:  Study of the Latin language - grammar and vocabulary - to prepare the student to read ecclesiastical texts such as the Vulgate Bible, patristic sources, liturgical texts, canon law, and church documents.

LANG 403 01A - Reading French I (3) | Karen Erickson

  • TBA
  • Course designed to assist students in preparing the language proficiency exam through an overview of the grammatical structure of the language and the reading of short paragraphs.  Graded pass/fail.  Offering based on sufficient enrollment.

LTGY 407 01A - Liturgical Celebration (3) | Johan Van Parys

  • January 24-25; February 21-22; March 28-29; May 9-10
  • Friday, 6:30-9:30 PM;  Saturday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Through a sustained reflection on the church's tradition of lex orandi, lex credendi, students will be introduced to the theory and practice of good liturgical celebration. Contemporary liturgical practice will be evaluated in its historical, cultural, and theological context. Students will learn how the historical development of Christian liturgy, its anthropological dimensions, and important church documents influence how we worship today. 

LTGY 424 01A | Theology of Sacraments and Worship (3) | Annie McGowan

  • Monday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • Cross-listed with DOCT 424 01A
  • This course examines the roots of Christian worship in human myth, symbol, ritual, and celebration. Students will study the historical development of sacramental life in the Church and theological reflection upon it. Contemporary approaches to a theology of sacrament, especially in relation to Christology and ecclesiology, will be included. 

LTGY 426 01A - Liturgical Presidency (3) | TBA

  • Thursday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • Cross-listed with PTHM 426 01A
  • Training in all aspects of liturgical presiding for those will lead worship as priests and deacons, including the study of rubrics and directives in the relevant official documents. Use of gesture and voice to relate well to the assembly and to other liturgical ministers. Training in singing the ministerial chants in the liturgical books. For future priests, focus on celebrating Mass. For future deacons, focus on their role at Mass, as well as presiding at Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest and other rites such as baptism and marraige. For non-ordination candidates, Sunday Celebrations in Absence of a Priest, and other rites such as funeral vigils.
  • NOTE:  course in Spring 2013 limited to ordination -track students.  Others by request to Dr. Evans.

LTGY 418 01A - Rites of Healing (3) | Annie McGowan

  • Wednesday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • This course will consider the history, theology and pastoral practice of liturgical rites confronting human sin, sickness, and death with forgiveness and reconciliation, healing, and commendation to God's mercy with a special focus on the Roman Rite.

LTGY 423 01A - Liturgy of the Hours (3) | Anthony Ruff, OSB

  • Monday/Wednesday
  • 9:45-11:10 AM
  • The cathedral and monastic traditions of the Liturgy of the Hours will be historically and theologically considered. The course includes an analysis of their respective origins and evolution in the patristic and medieval periods. Students will study the reformed Roman Liturgy of the Hours and daily prayer in other churches. 

LMUS 407 01A - Applied Organ (1) | Kim Kasling

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • Students will develop technical skills and knowledge of performance practices at the graduate level, including the ability to play a large variety of repertoire fluently and with understanding. Major works of significant periods and schools of organ literature will be studied and performed. Secondary organ students will develop sufficient techniques and familiarity with the instrument to play knowledgeably and/or coach others in parish settings.

LMUS 408 01A - Applied Voice (1) | Carolyn Finley

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • This course covers the fundamentals of singing and vocal pedagogy (breathing, efficient use of voice, diction, etc.) and addresses differing musical styles and the need to interpret the music based on the performance practices of given periods in music history. Voice majors will study and perform significant bodies of solo repertoire. Majors and secondary voice students will emphasize technique and pedagogical skills appropriate to roles as choral directors.

LMUS 408 02A  - Applied Voice (1) | Patricia Kent

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • This course covers the fundamentals of singing and vocal pedagogy (breathing, efficient use of voice, diction, etc.) and addresses differing musical styles and the need to interpret the music based on the performance practices of given periods in music history. Voice majors will study and perform significant bodies of solo repertoire. Majors and secondary voice students will emphasize technique and pedagogical skills appropriate to roles as choral directors.

LMUS 409 01A - Applied Composition (1) | Brian Campbell

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • Individualized coaching in advanced composition of sacred music and music appropriate for liturgical performance. Work in various forms and styles is possible, depending on the needs and interests of individual students. Students should normally have a bachelor's degree in music or equivalent training and have significant experience in music composition. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and the liturgical music program director.  

LMUS 433 01A - Service Playing (1) | Kim Kasling

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • This course seeks to develop the qualified church organist as leader and enabler of the assembly's singing. The course will require high proficiency levels of assembly leadership and accompanimental skills (hymns, masses, psalm forms) as well as vocal and choral accompaniment. Students will also develop abilities in sight-reading, modulation, transposing, and extemporization.

LMUS 435 01A - Service Leadership (1) | Patricia Kent

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • This course examines the historic role of the cantor in Jewish and Christian liturgy. Students will learn how to  teach antiphonal music to the assembly, appropriate directing skills, the cantor's ritual moments, and cantorial music resources. Students will study the role of congregational song leader as distinguished from that of cantor and choir director. Students will develop good song leading style, i.e., teaching new music to a congregation, learning appropriate directing techniques for congregational leadership. Developing vocal and musical styles for both ministries will be emphasized.

LMUS 439 01A - Liturgical Music Practicum (1) | Kim Kasling/Anthony Ruff, OSB

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • Students will be directly involved in actual liturgical music planning, rehearsing, and implementing in a variety of liturgical forms. This is to be done in area churches and/or on campus with permission of and under supervision of the adviser and other faculty with the aim of developing skills and the ability to integrate practice with musical and liturgical knowledge.

LMUS 468 01A - Gregorian Chant Schola (1) | Anthony Ruff, OSB

  • Tuesday/Thursday
  • 10:00-11:10 AM
  • Small ensemble which sings Gregorian chant according to informed scholarship and performs regularly at liturgies on campus.

LMUS 468 02A - Final Project-Recital (1) | Kim Kasling/Carolyn Finley/Patricia Kent

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • The final project is developed in consultation with a student's faculty adviser. The project might be a lecture-recital, a research paper and public defense, or a hymn festival.

MONS 437 01A - Desert Ammas (3) | Mary Forman, OSB

  • WEB Course-No Campus-Cistercian /Religious Cohort only
  • Cross-listed with HHTH 468 01A
  • Fourth century Christianity gave birth to a spirituality which called women out of conventional understandings of wife, courtesan, and/or mother into lives of prayer, service and the founding of communal households and monasteries. This course explores writings by and about such foremothers of the monastic movement as Macrina, Melania, Paula, Eustochium, Marcella, Syncletica, Mary of Egypt, and Egeria; their social and historical realities; and their influence then and now. 

MONS 410 01A - Rule of Benedict (3) | Mary Forman, OSB

  • Monday/Wednesday
  • 9:45-11:10 AM
  • The Rule of Benedict has been foundational to Benedictine, Cistercian, Camaldolese, and Carthusian monastic ways of life. This course will address the Rule in the context of its biblical and early Church sources, exegesis of the text, and issues of interpretation. 

MORL 422 01A - Christian Social Ethics (3) | Bernie Evans

  • Thursday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • Students explore the implications of Christian faith and theological reflection for contemporary society, including the social dimensions of biblical ethics and the social teachings of the Catholic Church. 

PTHM 412 01A - Clinical Pastoral Education  (4) | Barbara Sutton

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • Students are required to participate in a basic unit of an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program.

PTHM 416 01A - Dynamics of Spiritual Direction | Becky Van Ness

  • Thursday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • The study of spiritual direction allows students to develop skills in guiding others to identify and articulate their relationship with God through the life of faith, religious experience, discernment, and prayer. Students learn various models of spiritual direction and the purpose and dynamics of peer and individual supervision. Grading is satisfactory / unsatisfactory. 
  • Prerequisites:  Admission into the Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction and successful completion of SPIR 468 Prayer Formation for Spiritual Direction  

PTHM 417 01A - Homiletics  (3) | Fred and Patricia Baumer

  • January 17-18; February 7-8; March 14-15; April 11-12
  • Friday, 6:30-9:40 PM; Saturday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Students develop speaking, reading, and preaching skills at the Eucharist and in other liturgical contexts. This course emphasizes the form and function of preaching as a theological and liturgical act of communication within a Christian community.

PTHM 426 01A - Liturgical Presidency (3) | TBA

  • Thursday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • Cross-listed with LTGY 426 01A
  • Training in all aspects of liturgical presiding for those will lead worship as priests and deacons, including the study of rubrics and directives in the relevant official documents. Use of gesture and voice to relate well to the assembly and to other liturgical ministers. Training in singing the ministerial chants in the liturgical books. For future priests, focus on celebrating Mass. For future deacons, focus on their role at Mass, as well as presiding at Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest and other rites such as baptism and marraige. For non-ordination candidates, Sunday Celebrations in Absence of a Priest, and other rites such as funeral vigils.
  • NOTE:  course in Spring 2013 limited to ordination -track students.  Others by request to Dr. Evans.

PTHM 450 01A - Parish Administration (3) | Barbara Sutton

  • Monday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • This course allows students to explore the theology and practice of administration in relationship to leadership theory, parish governance, human resources, financial systems, facility management, office services, technology management, and conflict management.

PTHM 459 01-07A  Practicum - (1-6) | Barbara Sutton

  • Theological Reflection Sessions
    • Wednesday | 6:00-9:15 PM or Friday | 9:00 AM-12:00 noon
  • Students work with an organization, project, or parish in the area of their ministerial interest. The supervised experience requires students to integrate theological competence with pastoral practice in developing vocational identity as a public minister, exploring issues of leadership, power and authority; and gaining facility in articulating the Christian faith and in fostering the development of faith with others. Students will reflect on the practice of ministry in theological reflection groups.  

PTHM 465 01A - Integration Seminar (3) | Jeff Kaster and Victor Klimoski

  • January 17-18; March 21-22; May 2-3
  • Friday, 6:30-9:30 PM; Saturday 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • This course represents the culmination of the student's preparation for ministry. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and construct a response to pastoral situations utilizing biblical, theological, historical, and social scientific resources. Students will develop goals for ongoing theological education and spiritual formation. 

SPIR 432 01A - Spirituality and Mysticism (3) | Helen Rolfson, OSF

  • Monday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • Students explore the mystical dimension of Christianity as exemplified in ancient and modern mystics. Students will consider questions of discernment of true from false mysticism; comparative studies; influence of psychology on studies of mysticism; relationship of mysticism to the Church. 

SPIR 468 02A - The Practice of Discernment in Prayer (1) | Becky Van Ness

  • January 27, February 10, February 24, March 17, March 31, and April 28
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • An exploration of how our personal image of God evolves as we discern God's ways of being present to us in prayer and in life. By both studying and practicing discernment of spirits we can become sensitive to inner movements, understanding where they come from and where they lead us.  The course will include an introduction to the practice of lectio divina applied to our lived experience.  Grading is satisfactory / unsatisfactory.

SPIR 468 02A - Benedictine Spirituality (3) | Carmen Maier

  • WEB Class-No Campus
  • Benedictine spirituality has deep historical roots in both eastern and western Christianity and it continues to be a source of inspiration for Christians-whether lay or monastic-living and serving in community today.  This course will equip students to integrate Benedictine spirituality into their individual lives and into various ministerial settings.  During the first part of the course, students will study essential Benedictine practices of corporate and private prayer, living in community, and prayerful service to others.  In the second part, students will be oriented to the historical, social, and theological factors contributing to the rise of the Benedictine tradition.  The final part will draw on a monastic immersion experience and allow students to adapt Benedictine prayer, community, and service to their individual vocations.

SSNT 402 01A - New Testament Greek I  (3) | Margaret Cook

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday - 3:00-3:55 PM
  • Tuesday/Thursday - 2:20-3:40 PM
  • Continuation of NT Greek I: The instruction emphasizes reading comprehension of New Testament Greek with the aid of a dictionary. It includes the study of grammar with an eye toward its practical application.

SSOT 416 01A - Psalms (3) | Dale Launderville, OSB

  • Monday/Wednesday
  • 8:00-9:25 AM
  • The Psalms have formed the backbone of Jewish and Christian prayer for three thousand years. In addition to the study of selected psalms, topics include: the formation of the Psalter, various translations, the spirituality of the psalms, and the use of psalms in Christian prayer, especially the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. 

SSOT 412 01A  - Prophets (3) | Irene Nowell, OSB

  • WEB Class--No Campus
  • This course studies the phenomenon of prophecy and introduces the problems relating to the composition and liter­ary genre of selected Old Testament prophetic books. Included is an exegetical treatment of significant units. The relevance of the prophetic message in contemporary church and society is given further consideration.

THY 404 01A - Introduction to Christian Tradition II  (3) | Dale Launderville, OSB

  • Tuesday/Thursday
  • 8:00-9:30 AM
  • This course is an introductory survey of theology, studying representative texts from the Enlightenment to the modern age (1650-present). Students will examine figures and issues selected from various historical periods.

THY 580 01A - Thesis (6) | Bill Cahoy

  • TBA

THY 598 01A - Reading for Comprehensive Exams (6) | Bill Cahoy

  • TBA

THY 599 01A - Comprehensive Exams | Bill Cahoy

  • TBA

THY 599 02A - Comprehensive Exams | Bill Cahoy

  • TBA