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TRAVEL COURSES

Learning Lectio Divina in the Holy Land: A Travel Course (2 credits) Fr. Phil Krill

Join Fr. Phil Krill on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and get Paul VI course credit. Fr. Phil will guide participants on a tour of sacred sites (such as Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem) and lead them in Lectio Divina meditation on the biblical texts on-site where the sacred events occurred. Tour participants will earn how to enter into the spiritual interpretation of scripture through attention to both text and the sacred environment. For cost and details of the tour visit https://www.proximotravel.com/trip-store/?action=view_trip&triptemplateid=531

CLASSROOM COURSES

LT 101 CATECHISM II: CATHOLIC SACRAMENTAL & LITURGICAL THEOLOGY (2 credits)
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 

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 Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

MT170 PREPARING TO IMPLEMENT VIRTUE-BASED RESTORATIVE DISCIPLINE (VBRD™) (2credits)Prepare your VBRD™committee for full Implementation at every level in your parish and school community. Committees of five (5) participating members (administrators,staff, parents) will work together to plan and implement the VBRD™ model. The course Integrates Evangelization, Catholic Identity, virtue education with restorative discipline to show measurable outcomes in addressing bullying and other disruptive behaviors. Committees will implement some components in their respective schools and results will be presented and discussed in class.

RE134A DYNAMIC AND EFFECTIVE CATECHESIS: Catechetical Methods (2 credits)
If you took a great course in theology and wondered: "But how do I teach this to my students?" this methods course will help you! This course presents an effective catechetical method to present the Catholic Faith clearly, dynamically, and personally. Included in the course will be the demonstration of illustrated lesson plans which can be immediately applied by participants, as well the complementary elements of catechesis: prayer, music, arts/crafts, discussion, etc.  Satisfies the two credit hour requirement in RE for Archdiocesan Elementary Teacher/PSR Elementary CatechismCertification.

RE 174 TEACHING RELIGION TO CHILDREN (2 credits)
This class is a practical hands-on experience for teachers of religion in either the Catholic school or the Parish School of Religion. Using Jesus as a model teacher, we explore various techniques to engage the learner. Satisfies the two credit hour requirement in RE for Archdiocesan Elementary Teacher/PSR Elementary Catechism Certification.

SP 101 CATECHISM IV: INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLIC PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY (2 credits)
An introduction to Catholic spirituality and the life of prayer as a personal relationship with the "living God." Covers the nature and meaning of prayer,prayer in scripture and tradition, types of prayer, obstacles to prayer and the Our Father as the model prayer. Based on Part IV of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

SS 101 INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURE (2credits)
A general survey of the Old and New Testament scriptures from a literary, historical and theological perspective, and an introduction to basic principles of Catholic scriptural interpretation.

ST101 CATECHISM I: BASIC CATHOLIC DOCTRINE A study of the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic faith as outlined in the creed and described in Part I of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (2 credits) 

ST 114 GOOD ANGELS, BAD ANGELS (2 credits)
Angels have become a popular topic in the media. But do you know what the Church really teaches about angels? In "Good Angels, Bad Angels" students will study the following topics: (1) the role of angels in salvation history-especially in the Bible; (2) the nature of angels; (3) devotions to angels; (4) Satan and the fallen angels; (5) the truth about exorcism and possession.

ST 132 MARY,WOMAN OF FAITH (2 credits)
This course willexamine the scriptural, historical and devotional background of Mary's place inthe Church. Special attention will be paid both to the early church context as well as the place afforded Mary in the Constitution on the Church from Vatican II. Enrollment restricted to postulants and novices of the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus and Daughters of St. Paul.

ONLINE COURSES

LT 101 CATECHISM II: CATHOLIC SACRAMENTAL & LITURGICAL THEOLOGY (2 credits)
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. 

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 Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

SP 101 CATECHISM IV: INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLIC PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY (2 credits)
An introduction to Catholic spirituality and the life of prayer as a personal relationship with the "living God." Covers the nature and meaning of prayer, prayer in scripture and tradition, types of prayer, obstacles to prayer and the Our Father as the model prayer. Based on Part IV of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

SS 101 INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURE (2 credits)
A general survey of the Old and New Testament scriptures from a literary, historical and theological perspective, and an introduction to basic principles of Catholic scriptural interpretation.

SS186 SYNOPTIC GOSPELS (2 credits)
A study of the first three Gospels, stressing the theology,especially the Christology of the early Church.

ST101 CATECHISM I: BASIC CATHOLIC DOCTRINE A study of the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic faith as outlined in the creed and described in Part I of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (2 credits) 

SS/ST 181 NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTOLOGY (2 credits)
This course can serve for either Sacred Scripture or Systematic Theology. This course presents a theological synthesis of the N.T. data forming the foundation for subsequent formulations of the Church concerning Christology as expressed in the Profession of Faith. Specifically, the three sections draw from the scriptural
affirmations regarding the Son as 1) "Mediator of Creation," 2) "Savior," and 3) "Judge."

CLASSICS OF CHRISTIAN CULTURE (NON-CREDIT) There is a vast collection of literary and spiritual classics produced by writers whose imaginative vision is shaped by a Christian worldview: theologians, novelists, poets, and mystics like Augustine, Dante, Julian of Norwich, John of the Cross, John Donne, T.S. Eliot, Hopkins, Dostoevsky, C.S. Lewis, Chesterton, Tolkien, Walker Percy, Flannery O-Connor and many others. Many of us have somehow managed to bypass these great works in our own education. Or if we have read some of them it has been a while and it is time to be reacquainted with these great texts.

In this age when we are flooded by the ephemeral works of mass media and pop culture, it is important to take time to read from the classics and allow them to shape our minds and hearts with their profound Christian vision.

The Pontifical Paul VI Institute of Catechetical and Pastoral Studies will be offering you the opportunity to read and discuss these texts guided by an expert. These are non-credit courses. There are no tests or papers. Think of these courses as online book clubs led by knowledgeable guides. The teacher will guide yout hrough the text, answer questions and lead participants in online discussion of the readings. Because they are non-credit these courses are offered at half the regular price. (At no cost to those who belong to parishes on our Comprehesive Catechetical Plan )

CC 101 THE NARRATIVE SPIRITUALITY OF DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY dante's Divine Comedy, published between the years 1314 and 1321, is celebrating 700 years of popularity as the world renews its interest in the relationship between faith and reason. In pursuit of that relationship, this course will study Dante's epic poetry as a great story in the scholastic tradition with Dante the pilgrim descending to the bottom of Hell, climbing to the top of Purgatory, and soaring straight to God in this cosmic thriller.

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, a lay Dominican of the Queen of the Holy Rosary Chapter in the Province of St. Albert the Great, is the author of The Narrative Spirituality of Dante's Divine Comedy (Now You Know Media, 2017) and serves as Professor ofI nterdisciplinary Studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. He holds a doctorate in literature from Saint Louis University along with several master's degrees in the fields of comparative literature, philosophy, theology, and educational technology.