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CLASSROOM COURSES – June 4 – Aug. 3, 2018



COURSES IN JUNE Registration deadline: June Courses: May 25, 2018 


A study of the theology of the seven sacraments as revealed by their origin,development, and liturgical celebration as described in Part II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Required text:The Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition

Monday – Friday, July 23 - August 3 
Assumption,(Mattese) Rectory Basement
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Rev. Tom Keller


MT 101 CATECHISM III: FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC MORALITY (2 credits)A study of the foundational principles of moral theology and the fundamental moral teachings emphasizing that the way of Christ"leads to life," as described in Part III of the CCC.

Required texts:The Catechism of the Catholic Church: second edition; A Bible
Hand outs are provided by the instructor

Monday– Thursday, July 9 – 13 & 16 - 20
All Saints, St. Peters
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Barb Blackburn


MT 121 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE AGE OF DIVISION (2 credits) This course would be rooted in the Catholic Social Teaching of the Church. We would look through the eyes of the Church's documents (One Church, Many Cultures, Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers), Iceberg Theory, F.I.G. Complex, and intercultural competency to relate our teaching of acceptance and giving hope to the children and families that we minister. We will unpack such issues as: Justice vs. Charity, immigrants in your classroom, cultural titles of Mary, and who is "the other" in your eyes? Be ready to explore praying and celebrating sacraments with all of God's children, of every culture and economic background. What are the social justice issues in your school and our Archdiocese? Please bring a snack or sack lunch.

June 7, 8,11,12
Our Lady of Guadalupe
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sr. Cathy Doherty, S.S.N.D.


RE157 MEET MARY OUR MOTHER (2 credits) We will look at the Blessed Mother's role during Jesus' life and then as she continues to help the Church through her great apparitions through the centuries. We will also get introduced to some of the most popular devotions to Mary.

Required texts: A WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE SUN: Eight Great Apparitions of Our Lady, edited by John J. Delany, ISBN: 0385080190, Doubleday, 1990. Students should also be able to access the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Vatican Document LUMEN GENTIUM, chapter VIII and the Bible.

Monday – Friday, June 18 – 29
Cardinal Rigali Center, Lally Room
10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Christine Middendorf


RE160 TEACHING RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (2 credits)  Currently in Catholic education (full-time and PSR), all classrooms include students with special needs and challenges. This course will explore ways to accommodate the unique learning needs of these students in a typical setting. We will answer the question "What is it?" about AD(H)D, autism, developmental and learning disabilities, andother special needs, but the real focus will be to answer the question,"What can I do in my classroom?" We will discuss and create simple methods and materials that can enhance learning for all your students. This course is very interactive and "hands-on". If you know the religion text you will be using in the fall, please bring it to class so that we can help you to develop lessons you will really use.

Monday– Friday, June 18 – 29
St. Anselm, Parish Center, Lower Level
10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Dr. Ann Bachmann & Mary Beth Schulte

**RE 170 CREATIVITY IN CATECHESIS (2 credits) This course will open you to new and creative ideas as you teach catechetics on all grade levels (Primary to Junior High); a comprehensive course for new and experienced catechists; practical skills and activities from traditional and contemporary sources make this a spiritually renewing experience. There will be a book and material fee that will be collected the first day of class. **Satisfies the two credit hour requirement in RE for Archdiocesan ElementaryTeacher/PSR Elementary Catechism Certification.

June 11, 13, 15, 19 & 21
St.Joseph, Manchester
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Dotty Sanning 

**RE174 TEACHING RELIGION TO CHILDREN ( 2credits)   This course will explore ways to enhance your teaching ministry and help you become a more confident catechist. Topics include: the spirituality of the catechist, the faith development of children, establishing a positive learning environment, and innovative ways to teach religion and nurture the faith. ** Satisfies the two credit hour requirement in RE for Archdiocesan Elementary Religion Teacher/PSR Elementary Catechist Certification.

Required Texts:  The Catechist's Toolbox -How to Thrive as a Religious Education Teacher, by Joe Paprocki, ISBN: 0829424512, Loyola Press 2007 Teacher Edition of religion textbook, laptop or iPad, course textbook:

Monday – Thursday, July 9 – 12 & 16 - 19

St. Clementof Rome, Parish Center, Lower level

10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.



RE178 ADMINISTRATION OF RELIGIOUSEDUCATION PROGRAMS (2 credits) This course introduces new and potential CRE/DRE's to the many components of administering a religious education program: curriculum development, teacher recruitment and formation, communication skills, resources, etc.

June 12-15 & 18-22
St. Gerard Majella, Meeting Room 220/221
9:00 -11:30 a.m.
Kathy Schoen


SP 109 DIVINIZATION IN THE POETRY AND WRITINGS OF ST.JOHN OF THE CROSS (2 credits) An in-depth exploration of the mystery of human divinization in the poetry and writings of St. John of the Cross, with a special emphasis on the spiritual betrothal and mystical marriage as described in St. John's Spiritual Canticle and Living Flame of Love. Books will be purchased directly from your instructor the first day of class, so there will be a book fee.

Monday – Friday, June 4 – 15
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Fr. Phil Krill



Registration Deadline for July classes: June 15, 2018 .

(2 credits) A contemplative examination of patristic texts illumining God as Trinity, Churchas the Womb of Rebirth, Incarnation as Salvation, Divinization as Human Destiny, and Liturgy as the Laboratory of the Resurrection. This course is a multi-faceted commentary on the early church doctrine of deification: "God became man so man could become God" (St. Athanasius, On theIncarnation, 54), and includes an overview of the differences between an Eastern and Western Catholic spiritual vision. Books will be purchased directly from your instructor the first day of class, so there will be a book fee.

Monday – Friday, July 9 – 20
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Fr. Phil Krill


All Saints, 5 McMenamy Rd., St.Peters, MO 63367 (636)397-1440
Assumption, (Mattese) 4725 Mattis Rd., St. Louis, MO63128 (314)487-7970
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20Archbishop May Dr., St. Louis, MO 63119 (314)792-7005
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, 5200 Glennon Dr., Shrewsbury,MO 63119 (314) 792-6100
Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1115 So. Florissant Rd, Ferguson,MO 63121 (314)522-9264
St. Anselm, 530 S. Mason Rd, St. Louis, MO 63141 (314)878-2120
St.Clement of Rome, 1508 Bopp Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131 (314) 965-0709
St. Gerard Majella, 1969 Dougherty Ferry Rd., St.Louis, MO 63122 (314) 965-3985
St. Joseph, Manchester, 555St. Joseph Ln., Manchester, MO 63021 (636) 391-1253


Registration deadline: May 25, 2018





ST 101 CATECHISM I: BASIC CATHOLIC DOCTRINE (2 credits) Dr. John L. Gresham
A study of fundamental beliefs of the Catholic faith as outlined in the creed and described in Part I of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Required texts:The Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition Peter Kreeft, Catholic Christianity ( IgnatiusPress 2001) ISBN 0-8987-0798-6


MT 101 Catechism III: Foundations of catholic morality (2 credits) Dr. ShawnMcCauley Welch 
study of the foundational principles of moral theology and the fundamental moral teachings emphasizing that the way of Christ "leads to life,"as described in Part III of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Required texts:The Catechism of the Catholic Church: second edition Morality, The Catholic View; Servais Pinckaers (author), MichaelSherwin(Translator), ISBN 1587315157


MT 133 CATHOLICSEXUAL MORALITY (2 credits) Dr. Shawn McCauley Welch
An overview of Catholic teaching on human sexuality.

Required text: Catholic Sexual Ethics: ASummary, Explanation, & Defense Third Edition Rev. Ronald Lawler, O.F.M. Cap., Joseph Boyle, Jr.,& William E. May, ISBN#978-1-59276-083-1, Our Sunday Visitor, 2011.


Fr. Damien R.Dougherty, O.F.M. While this course is entirely independent of it and a unity unto itself, in a sense it does continue the reflective examination of "SP108: Spiritual Formation: Beatitudes and Eucharist," by turning the focus on the Lord's Prayer. Within the Beatitudes, Jesus expounds upon his program; within the Eucharist,Christians commit themselves to living the Beatitudes through their communal praying of the Our Father.

SS 191 THE CATHOLIC EPISTLES:James, I Peter, Jude, II Peter (2 credits)Rev. Damien R. Dougherty, OFM
This course studies these letters to interpret them within their historical and literary contexts and discern their key concepts, themes and messages both for the Church of today and for own personal formation as committed Christians.

Is the Catholic Churchanti-science? Does the Church fear thatmodern science will eventually disprove the existence of God? What about the "Galileo Affair"? Did the Church really persecute Galileo because his scientific conclusions contradicted the worldview of the Bible? What about the Theory of Evolution? Does evolution through the process of natural selection disprove the belief that we were created by a loving God? Where does the Church stand on the Theory of Evolution? In this course we will examine these questions and explore the relationship between faith and science. We will discover how faith and science are not opposed to each other, but are actually complementary to each other, giving us a fuller understanding of the truth.


ST155 A SURVEY OF WORLD RELIGIONS (2credits) Jack Keithley
This course will introduce students to the historic and current beliefs and practices of a number of major world religions, with particular focus paid to the other Abrahamic faiths of Judaism and Islam. We will explore these traditions through Catholic teaching on interreligious issues.



The Brothers Karamazov is a novel about humanity's purpose on earth and the implications of existing in relationship. Three brothers and one step-brother search for meaning and validation in the events surrounding their father's murder. This course will examine each brother's philosophical positions with respect to the narrative action, and special attention will be given to the novel's presentation of the natural world. Published in 1881, the novel still reveals important truths which resonate with contemporary readers and explains why many consider thisthe "greatest novel of all time."

Textbook required:TheBrothers Karamazov,by Fydor Dostoevsky, The Garnett translation, ISBN-0393092141, PacificPublishing Studio – 2011.  I recommend any edition translated by Constance Garnett. If the Norton CriticalEdition is available, I recommend that specific version because it hasDostoevsky's letters in the back; otherwise, any edition translated byConstance Garnett.

Course Professor: Dr. Hilary Finley teaches undergraduate literature courses for Holy Apostles College Seminary, as well as guest lectures for the Catholic Studies program at SaintLouis University. She holds a doctorate in literature from the University of Dallas. She has experience working as an editor and has taught English at the high school and college levels. She and her husband have three children.

Cost for this course is$140.00. Please mark 2 audit hour class on the registration page