This course explores particular themes in Christian spirituality, by looking at various spiritual traditions and topics from the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Particular attention will be given to the writings of the desert fathers and mothers, the monastic tradition, the doctors and saints of the church, and recent papal encyclicals. Students will be asked to engage with these topics in spirituality by reflecting on how they affect their formation across its four modes: intellectual, spiritual, pastoral, and human.

This course examines the nature of the Christian God as Trinity. It focuses on God's reality as creator, as redeemer in the person of Jesus whom we proclaim the Christ, and as unifier and advocate in the person of the Spirit. Since the very nature of God implies "communion," the social implications of the Trinity are a focal point for the course. Other contemporary questions pertaining to the historical Jesus, God-language, suffering, liberation, and cultural diversity are explored as well.

Introduction to lectionary-based preaching in eucharistic and other liturgical settings, considering the tools and resources for homily preparation, the meaning of the liturgical calendar, and the nature of the Liturgy of the Word. A preaching practicum is included.

From their earliest recorded moments Christians have celebrated their faith in the risen Lord Jesus with a meal which was both physical and spiritual.  This course examines the development of this uniquely Christian ritual meal tracing its roots from the earliest biblical record through its late antique, medieval and modern forms.  We will also explore the varied Eucharistic theologies and liturgical expressions evident in contemporaray Christian communions today, but special attenetion will be paid to the theological and historical dimensions connected with the Eucharistic practice as evidenced in the Roman Catholic Mass. Half-Course  (Option to upgrade to full credit with additional readings and coursework to be specified by the instructor).




An historical, anthropological and theological investigation of Christian worship and sacrament with special attention to the Roman Catholic Sacraments of baptism and eucharist; historical overview of liturgical practices, texts, and theology from Jewish and scriptural origins to the 20th century Vatican II reforms; basic principles of liturgical and sacramental theology; and groundwork for interpreting liturgical documents and ritual texts from pastoral practice, multi-/inter-cultural concerns, and ecumenical considerations.

This course provides a broad introduction to the ways in which people appropriate the mystery of faith, the process entailed in that appropriation, an overview of the history of that process, and the types of experiences which have emerged in that history. The students will achieve a reflective understanding of their own practice, develop it more consciously and be enabled to appreciate and assist others in this area of ministry.