Course Descriptions

Scripture

BBL 510 Prophets: The Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament & Later Historical Books
3 credits – Theology II
An introduction to the Old Testament prophets in conjunction with the History Books from the divided kingdom to the Maccabees.

BBL 511 The Pentateuch and Early History Books
3 credits – Theology I
An introduction to the Pentateuch and the History Books up to the united monarchy with a focus on both the original meaning of the texts and their Christian significance.

BBL 513 The Psalms and the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament
3 credits – Theology IV
An introduction to Old Testament wisdom books and a historical and literary introduction to the Psalms with an emphasis on their use in Christian prayer.

BBL 515 The Johannine Literature of the New Testament
3 credits – Theology III
An exegetical survey of the Johannine Corpus (Gospel, Epistles and Revelation) using historical and literary-rhetorical methods with the goal of equipping students with the necessary tools to exegete these Scriptures for use in preaching, teaching and in pastoral ministry.

BBL 516 Pauline Literature of the New Testament
3 credits – Theology II
An exegetical survey of the thirteen letters of the Pauline tradition using Historical, Rhetorical, Semantic and Narrative Analysis and exposition of the major Pauline Theological Themes. Teaches students how to exegete and how to preach the contents of certain key passages.

BBL 517-1 Synoptic Gospels and Acts I: Matthew and Mark
2 credits – Theology I
An exegetical survey of the gospels of Matthew and Mark using historical and literary-rhetorical methods with the goal of equipping students with the necessary tools to exegete these gospels for use in preaching, teaching and in pastoral ministry.

BBL 517-2 Synoptic Gospels and Acts II: Luke and Acts
2 credits – Theology I
An exegetical survey of the gospel of Luke and Acts using historical and literary-rhetorical methods with the goal of equipping students with the necessary tools to exegete these Scriptures for use in preaching, teaching and in pastoral ministry.

Electives AY 2015:

BBL 518 Preaching with the Old Testament
2 credits – Spring
This course will examine ways in which the Old Testament can be used to illuminate proclamation of the Christian mystery. It will seek to develop steps toward a much-needed biblical theology that spans the two testaments and sees the unity of the divine plan in Christ. Individual themes will be explored with an effort to bring them into synthesis.

BBL 573 Priesthood in the New Testament
2 credits – Fall

BBL 574 Eucharist in New Testament
1 credit – Sring
The course will consist of exegesis of selected passages from the Gospel of John (the Eucharist as the Real Presence), the Epistle to the Hebrews (the Eucharist as the real Presence and the Eucharist as Sacrifice), and Matthew/Mark (the Eucharist as Sacrifice).

Church History

HST 511 Patristic Church
3 credits – Theology I
General survey of the history of the church in the Patristic period with special attention to the seminal contribu­tions of the Fathers and a sense of the importance of Councils, the authentic Traditions of the Church, and the development of Doctrine in the history of the Church.

HST 512 Medieval and Reformation Church
2 credits – Theology II
General survey of the history of the Church from Charlemagne to the Reformation with special attention to the Muslim invasion of the West, Feudalism, rise of religious orders, beginnings of the university system, causes of the Western Schism, rise of Protestantism, and the Church’s reformation.

HST 513 Modern and Contemporary Church
2 credits – Theology IV
General survey of the history of the Church in the Modern and Contemporary periods with attention to historical roots of the present divided state of Western Christianity; the Church’s response to 19th and 20th century intellectual, political and religious move­ments; and the historical developments leading up to the Second Vatican Council.

HST 514 The Catholic Church in the United States
2 credits – Theology IV
A general survey of major trends in the history of religion in the United States, with specific attention to the religious and social experiences of Roman Catholicism.

Systematic Theology

SYS 510 Fundamental Theology: Revelation and Its Transmission in the Church
4 credits – Theology I
The nature of Catholic theology and the foundations on which it is built: Revelation, its transmission in the Church, and man’s response in faith. Topics include the nature of theology; the nature of faith; revelation and salvation history; tradition and the development of doctrine; the inspiration and interpretation of Sacred Scripture (including the four senses of scripture and typology); authority and infallibility of the Magisterium. A principal source is Vatican II’s Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum.

SYS 513 Ecclesiology and Missiology
3 credits – Theology III
An introduction to the fundamentals of ecclesiology based on a Trinitarian approach to Ecclesiology exploring the communion of the Church from the standpoint of the mission of the Son (Eucharist) and the Spirit (Pentecost) with special attention to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, especially the dogmatic constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, the decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio, and the decree on Mission, Ad Gentes. Topics include the mission of the church; the structures of the church; the relation of the churches to one another; the necessity of the church for salvation; and the church as the universal sacrament of integral salvation.

SYS 514 Theological Anthropology, Sin, Grace
3 credits – Theology I
A doctrinal survey with respect to the life of grace, especially sanctifying grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the human person in the Catholic Tradi­tion. An overview of the key concepts in the Catholic tradition that constitute the Catholic doctrine and teaching on grace, sin and the human person as well as a survey of the long and rich history of theological reflection on this vast subject: biblical sources, (espe­cially Paul); patristic sources including neo-platonic and ascetic theology, the Greek Fathers, the Pelagian Controversy, and Augustine’s highly influential anthropology; Thomas Aquinas, Luther, and Trent; the anthropology of the Second Vatican Council; and contemporary theologies of grace. The course will also investigate the doctrine of the Fall and Original Sin.

SYS 515 Creation and Eschatology
2 credits – Theology II
The first part of the course will examine the Catholic hope for eternal life in the Risen Christ, its presence in the here and now, and the full perfection of the Church in the glory of heaven. We will investigate the following subjects: the nature and basis of Christian hope; the immortality of the soul; “the last things”: the resurrection of the body, heaven, hell, purgatory, and the consum­mation of history in the Parousia. The second part of the course is an examination of the origin, meaning, and contemporary significance of the doctrine of creation.

SYS 517 Mariology
2 credits – Theology IV
The role of Mary in salvation history and the develop­ment of Marian doctrine in the life of the Church, as she is seen in Scripture, Tradition, the Magisterium, theologi­cal reflection, the spiritual life, popular devotion, and in Christian art. Sources include chapter 8 of Lumen gen­tium and John Paul II’s encyclical Redemptoris Mater.

SYS 518 Ecumenism and Inter- religious Dialogue
2 credits – Theology IV
A study of the principles of ecumenism and interreli­gious dialogue through the Second Vatican Council texts Unitatis Redintegratio, and Nostra Aetate and relevant post-conciliar magisterial teaching with some investigations into dialogues between the Church and principal dialogue partners among other Christian communities and other religions.

SYS 521 Triune God
3 credits – Theology I
An examination of the Triune God’s being and activ­ity. The course will include: Scriptural foundations, the development and basic “grammar” of Trinitarian doctrine in the early Church, and significant theologi­cal treatments of the Trinity throughout Church history. Exploration of the significance of the doctrine of trinity for theology and spiritual life.

SYS 522 Christology and Soteriology
4 credits – Theology I
An examination of the person and work of Jesus Christ as the self-revelation of God and the Savior of humanity. The course will include: Catholic response to the quests for the historical Jesus, New Testament Christology, the development and basic “grammar” of Christological doctrines in the early Church, and significant theo­logical treatments of Christ and Salvation throughout Church history.

Electives AY 2015:

SYS 557 Theology of Blessed Cardinal Newman
2 credits – Spring
An investigation into the thought of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman.  After an overview of his life, work and thought, the course will concentrate on three of his main works: The Development of Doctrine, Apologia pro Vita Sua, and the Grammar of Assent

Liturgical-Sacramental Theology

LST 510 Introduction to the Divine Office
1 credit – Theology I
An historical and theological investigation of the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours in the Roman Rite. Topics include: the concept of “time” as it ap­plies to the Church’s liturgical celebration; particular practices common to the Liturgy of the Hours in differ­ent eras of the Church’s history; recent reforms of the Liturgy of the Hours; history of the Psalmody and the use of Psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours; nuances of the different liturgical hours; individual components that comprise the Liturgy of the Hours; the various celebrations throughout the Church’s liturgical year.

LST 513 Baptism and Confirmation
2 credits – Theology II
A study of Baptism and Confirmation from the perspec­tives of sacramental and liturgical theology. The course begins with sacramental theology: a systematic study of these sacraments in light of Scripture, salvation history, the theology of grace and character, ecclesiology, and the spiritual life and its growth. That is followed by consideration of these sacraments from the perspective of liturgical theology covering the organic develop­ment of these sacraments leading to the richness of the current Roman rite, an understanding of how the Sac­raments are actualized in their celebration and a study of the structure and parts of the current liturgical books.

LST 514 The Eucharist
3 credits – Theology III
A study of the Eucharist from the perspectives of sacramental and liturgical theology. The course begins with a study of the Biblical sources; the fitting­ness and purpose of the Eucharist; theology of the Real Presence and transubstantiation; Eucharist as Sacrifice; participation of the faithful in the sacrifice; Holy Communion; and principles of art, architecture, and music in service of the Eucharistic liturgy. The course then continues with a study the Holy Mass from the perspective of liturgical theology covering the or­ganic development of the Eucharistic liturgy through­out history leading to the richness of the current Ro­man Rite; how the theology of the Eucharist becomes actualized in its celebration; the structure and parts of the current Roman Missal; and the nature and devel­opment of Eucharistic devotion outside of Mass.

LST 516 Penance, Anointing, and Burial
3 credits – Theology IV
The course is divided into two parts: sacramental theology and liturgical theology. The first part explores the theological, historical, spiritual, pastoral and juridical aspects of the sacraments of penance and anointing along with the liturgical rites for the dead and dying. The liturgical portion of the course covers the organic development of these rites throughout history leading to the richness of the current Roman Rite as a foundation for understanding how the theology of the sacrament or sacramental becomes actualized in its celebration; as well as an overview of the structure and parts of the current liturgical books.

LST 517 Sacrament of Marriage
2 credits – Theology III
An overview of the development of the Church’s theology of Marriage, and an articulation of that theology in the contemporary context, with special emphasis on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

LST 518 Holy Orders & the Spiritual Life of the Priest
3 credits – Theology III
This course studies the sources of Divine Revelation and the teaching of the Magisterium concerning the nature of the sacrament of Holy Orders as instituted by Christ and its effects within the soul and life of the ordinand, who is called to be a shepherd according to the Heart of Christ, continuing His mission in the world to teach, sanctify and govern for the edification of His Church and the salvation of souls, all to the glory of God.

LST 521 Sacramental Theology: Sacraments in General
2 credits – Theology II
Nature and purpose of the sacraments in the life of the Church. Topics include: the fittingness of the sacramen­tal system in the Church; the sacramental sign and sacramental grace; sacramental character; efficacy of the sacraments; conditions for validity and fruitfulness. The subject is investigated from the point of view of Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium.

LST 522 Theology of Liturgy
2 credits – Theology II
A basic introduction to the Church’s liturgy, providing a foundation for further liturgical studies. Topics covered include: the origins, ends, and purposes of sacred wor­ship; the history and characteristics of the Roman Rite, especially as expressed in the normative documents and liturgical books; the role of ritual and its various external elements; the liturgical year and its sanctoral; the relationship between the liturgy and the deposit of faith. Particular emphasis will be placed on the priest’s role in the Church’s liturgical life.

Moral and Spiritual Theology

MTH 512 Social Ethics
2 credits – Theology III
An investigation of the social doctrine of Catholic moral theology and the virtue of justice as this has been conveyed through the centuries in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church. Attention will be given to such topics as; the person as the end and purpose of every type of society and the rights that belong to human beings, the types of justice, the kinds of human societies (the family, civic, political, and economic ones), the common good, the principle of solidarity, the principle of subsidiarity, the universal destination of created goods, the good of private property, the preferential option of the poor, the various issues related to labor, capital, and private property, as well as other pertinent subjects such as war, capital punishment, and the equal dignity of all people.

MTH 513 Marriage, Family and Sexuality
3 Credits – Theology IV
The Church’s teachings on the human person, love, sexuality, self-giving, and the vocation of marriage in light of Scripture, Magisterium and John Paul II’s theology of the body.

MTH 514 Medical Ethics
2 credits – Theology IV
Catholic moral principles and their application to a number of medical-moral problems with special atten­tion to beginning and end-of-life issues.

MTH 515 Spiritual Theology & Spiritual Direction
3 credits – Theology II
A study of the sources of Divine Revelation and the teaching of the Magisterium concerning the life of grace along with reflection upon the authentic spiritual experiences of the saints to describe the nature and development of union with God in order that the candi­date for the ministerial priesthood may understand the interior life for his own growth and for the guidance of those souls whom the Lord places within his care.

MTH 521-1 Fundamental Moral Theology
2 credits – Theology II
An investigation of the foundations of moral theology in the Catholic tradition with reflections on the encounter between Catholic morality and contemporary culture. This study of Tradition (including Scripture) provides an understanding of the good of the human person in relation to society and the common good with examination of both moral principles and virtue.

MTH 521-2 Fundamental Moral Theology II
2 credits – Theology II
Continued investigation of the foundations of moral theology in the Catholic tradition with reflections on the encounter between Catholic morality and contemporary culture. This study of Tradition (including Scripture) fosters an understanding of the good of the human person in relation to society and the common good with examination of both moral principles and virtue.

Pastoral Theology and Formation

PST 510 Pastoral Theology
3 credits – Theology IV
An introduction to pastoral theology; an investigation into the history of and ministry in the Church and how ministry has been affected by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Special emphasis will be placed on a Theology of the Laity, Evangelization and the unique role of the Priest as Head Shepherd and Spouse of the Church and a study of the life and identity of the celibate priest.

PST 512 Introduction to Canon Law
3 credits – Theology II
An introduction to the nature and history of canon law; an investigation of selected canons in Book One of the 1983 Code of Canon Law; an investigation of the power of government in the Church, focused in the hierarchi­cal constitution of Church, as found in Book Two of the 1983 Code.

PST 513 Sacramental Law
3 credits – Theology III
An investigation of the essential canons in Book Four of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, concerning the administration of the Sacraments in general. Particular focus on the Sacrament of Marriage and the process of marriage preparation followed in each student’s sponsoring diocese.

PST 514 Introduction To Homiletics
3 credits – Theology III
Basic skills needed for regular excellent Eucharistic preaching in the Roman Catholic tradition. Read­ing and discussion of the pertinent documents that the Catholic Church offers for guidance in the art of preaching. Practice giving homilies given with feedback from peers and the professor.

PST 515 Advanced Homiletics
3 credits – Theology III
Learning to preach for event driven homilies. The art of preaching at funerals, wedding, baptisms, with children, and other specific homilies that are affected by the circumstances that call the community together at that time. The student will continue to have oppor­tunities to preach as well as to receive feedback from peers and formation from the professor.

PST 516 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
3 credits – Theology II
An introductory study of the respective roles of the priest in pastoral ministry as counselor and spiritual director. An investigation of listening skills, ethical conduct, conflict resolution and decision making skills. A preliminary investigation of issues such as forgiveness, guilt and assertion.

PST 517 Catechesis and Elements of Religious Education
2 credits – Theology III
An introductory study in catechesis which covers the essential elements of religious education emphasizing the catechetical vocation to make disciples with the broader pastoral view of formation and care in the life of faith in all its dimensions.

PST 518 Pastoral Issues and Grief Counseling
3 credits – Theology III
A survey of counseling issues such as alcoholism, sexual abuse, domestic violence and other frequently presented parishioner concerns. Special attention to the grieving process, with training in ministering to be­reft individuals and establishing parish grief programs.

PST 519 Marriage Preparation and Natural Family Planning
2 credits – Theology IV
The first part of the course provides practical training for the preparation of engaged couples for marriage in the Church, including marriages where mixed reli­gion and disparity of cult are factors. The second part of the course, draws on the expertise of physicians, nurses and certified practitioners of Natural Family Planning (Creighton method) to introduce seminarians to the science and spirituality of Natural Family Plan­ning. Students receive a certificate issued jointly by Kenrick School of Theology and the Pope Paul VI Insti­tute for the Study of Human Reproduction in Omaha.

PST 521–522 Supervised Ministry
1 credit – Theology I
Parish ministry concentrating on pastoral care of the poor such as St Vincent de Paul Society or other parish based charitable outreach. May also work in the area of Youth Ministry or other special ministerial project (i. e. pro-life, ecumenism, evangelism). Includes evalu­ation by pastoral supervisor and theological reflection with peers.

PST 523-524 Supervised Ministry
1 credit – Theology II
Parish ministry with concentration on the care of the elderly, homebound, sick and dying including home visits and visits to hospitals and nursing homes. Includes evaluation by pastoral supervisor and theological reflection with peers.

PST 525-526 Supervised Ministry
1 credit – Theology III
Parish ministry with concentration on Religious Edu­cation: particularly classroom teaching in the parish school but can also include teaching in RCIA, RCIC, Adult Education, etc. Includes evaluation by pastoral supervisor and theological reflection with peers.

PST 527-528 Supervised Ministry
(P/F) – Theology IV
Deacons serve in parishes assigned by the Archbishop of St. Louis. Includes evaluation by pastoral supervisor and theological reflection with peers.

Electives AY 2015:

PST 557 Canon Law: Ordinary Contentious Trials
2 credits – Fall

Liturgical Practicum

LPR 514 Sacred Music Practicum
(P/F) – Theology I
A survey of Sacred Music and its application to the Liturgy today. Introduction to reading and singing Gregorian Chant. Instruction in vocal technique for singing the Mass.

LPR 520 Deacon Practicum I
(P/F) – Theology III
A study and practice of the liturgical rites pertaining to the deacon, based on the normative liturgical docu­ments of the Church covering the deacon at Mass, the Rite of Baptism, and the Rite of Marriage.

LPR 520 Deacon Practicum II
(P/F) – Theology III
A study and practice of the liturgical rites pertaining to the deacon, based on the normative liturgical documents of the Church covering the Order of Christian Funerals, Benediction by a deacon, Pastoral Care of the Sick, and blessings by a deacon.

LPR 523 Priest Practicum I
(P/F) – Theology IV
The Sacrament of Reconciliation. The deacon has the opportunity to role play the part of the priest who is hearing confession. The person fulfilling the part of the penitent presents various situations to the priest. At the conclusion of the confession the professor, the deacon and his classmates discuss how the deacon conducted himself in the areas of liturgical practice, theological understanding and pastoral skills.

LPR 523 Priest Practicum II
(P/F) – Theology IV
The Eucharist. The goal of this practicum is to develop confidence in presiding at the Eucharist. The rites themselves will be reviewed along with attention to sanctuary presence, posture, appropriate gestures, and proclamation of prayer texts. The emphasis is on typical parish needs and celebrations, including Sunday and weekday Mass, and ritual Masses.

Electives AY 2015:

LPR 541 Celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
2 credits – Spring.

Curriculum Support

CSC 511 Graduate Research and Writing
1 credit – Theology I
An introduction to the tools and methods of graduate theological research. Focus on familiarity with the use of print and electronic library resources and reading and writing skills.

Languages

First year theologians are required to complete one year of Latin. If they have already completed at least one year of Latin in college or pre-theology, they are required to complete one year of Greek. Those who enter theology having already completed at least one year in both Latin and Greek have no further language requirements. Biblical Hebrew and Spanish are offered as electives. Those seminarians with dioc­esan requirements for Spanish language study can meet those requirements through electives. Advanced courses in each language are also available.

LNG 511 Hebrew I –3 credits

LNG 512 Hebrew II – 3 credits

LNG 521 Greek I – 3 credits

LNG 522 Greek II – 3 credits

LNG 531 Latin I – 3 credits

LNG 532 Latin II – 3 credits

LNG 541 Spanish I – 3 credits

LNG 542 Spanish II – 3 credits