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Brief Course Descriptions

5001

Thomistic Philosophy for Theologians 

An introduction to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas through a study of several of his basic philosophical writings. The course will concern principally his philosophy of nature, philosophical psychology, moral philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophical theology.

5101A 

Introduction to Sacred Scripture 

This course deals with introductory issues such as the history and environment of the Scriptures, the different types of biblical literature, the scientific methods of exploring the Scriptures, and the development of new methods of Scriptural interpretation. 

5102B 

The Pentateuch 

An investigation into the five books of the Pentateuch \from a literary perspective, from the cultural perspective of its first readers in the ancient Middle East, and from a historical perspective, particularly concerning its formation. 

5111A

Fundamental Theology 

A foundational course considering the nature of divine revelation, faith as humanity’s response to God’s revealing activity, the inspiration and interpretation of scripture, the nature of tradition, and theological method.

5112B 

Christology and Soteriology 

A biblical, historical and systematic consideration of the major questions concerning the Incarnation and Redemption.

5113A 

Theological Anthropology 

A biblical, historical, and systematic consideration of certain themes concerning the nature of humanity and its relationship to God: creation, original sin, justification, and the destiny of humanity (last things).  

5121A 

Patristics 

A thematic and historical exploration of the contributions made to the tradition by the Fathers of the Church. Attention will be paid to their contributions to the development of Christian doctrine, the formation of the biblical canon, and the picture of Christian life that emerges from their writings. 

5132B 

Introduction to Moral Theology 

An exploration of the fundamental concepts of the Catholic moral tradition in light of the Second Vatican Council: scriptural foundations, conversion and discipleship, the role of the Magisterium, natural law and the law of Christ, conscience, the moral act, sin and virtue. 

5141A

Introduction to Catholic Liturgy 

A biblical, historical and thematic introduction to Catholic liturgy. Themes will include the general character of ritual and worship, the Trinitarian character of Christian liturgy, the centrality of the Paschal Mystery, the cycle of the liturgical year, and the interrelation and interdependence between liturgy and theology as a whole. 

5142B 

Introduction to Sacramental Theology 

A biblical, historical and thematic introduction to the sacraments. Key themes will include the sacraments as rooted in the economy of salvation, and Christ and the Church as sacrament, the broader context of sacramentality, and the roles of the minister and recipient of sacraments.

5162B 

Introduction to Spiritual Theology 

A historical survey of Christian spirituality from the Apostolic age to the Reformation. Themes include the Desert Tradition, martyrdom, monasticism, Franciscan and Dominican spirituality, late medieval mysticism, the Imitation of Christ, and icons and prayer. Connections are made to some contemporary figures and movements. 

5171A 

Introduction to Lay Ministry 

This course probes the nature of lay ministry as set forth in Church documents and as practiced in the post-Vatican II Church. It is a foundational exploration of various approaches to lay ministry as lived out today, both in the Church and in the World.

5181

Ministry in Schools 

Students are placed in a Catholic school to gain some experience in teaching, working with children or youth, and speaking in public. Instruction in public speaking is included. 

5201A 

The Synoptic Gospels 

The course encourages students to apply methods of interpretation learned in the introductory course. General issues pertaining to all three synoptic gospels will be considered, followed by treatments of each gospel separately. Basic issues such as authorship, date, place and characteristic themes will be addressed.

5202B 

The Gospel According to John 

The course encourages students to apply methods of interpretation learned in the introductory course, exploring the meaning of the text for the modern reader. An examination of the original setting, structure, and content of each section of the gospel. 

5209A/B 

Selected Topics 

An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and consent of a professor of Biblical Studies to pursue a topic in this area. The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered. 

5212B 

The Doctrine of God 

The development of the Church’s understanding of God as Triune. Biblical patristic, medieval, and contemporary approaches to the mystery of God are considered. Special attention is given to the connection of Trinitarian doctrine to the experience of salvation. 

5219A/B 

Selected Topics 

An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and consent of a professor of Systematic Theology to pursue a topic in this area. The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered. 

5221A 

History of the Catholic Church I 

5222B 

History of the Catholic Church II 

A survey, in chronological fashion, of the growth of the Church from the time of the apostles to the modern era. The lectures attempt to relate the past with its context and significance. Students are guided to read the key documents of the Church’s history to complement the general approach of the lectures. 

5229A/B 

Selected Topics 

An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and the consent of a professor of Historical Theology to pursue a topic in this area.  The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered.

5231A 

Christian Social Teachings I 

A study of Church documents from 1891 to 1963 related to social justice. An analysis of issues of poverty in Canada and in the global community. An examination of basic principles of Catholic social doctrine: the human person, the common good, the social responsibility of property. 

5232B 

Christian Social Teaching II 

A study of Church documents from 1963 to the present related to social justice.  An examination of a theology of work and leisure, the principles of preferential option for the poor and a consistent ethic of life, and the application of those principles to issues of social and economic justice.

5239A/B

Selected Topics

An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and consent of a professor of Moral Theology to pursue a topic in this area. The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered. 

5241A 

Sacraments of Initiation I 

A study of Baptism and Confirmation. Emphasis is given to the liturgical aspects of the Eucharist developed in light of the Catholic tradition. 

5242B 

Sacraments of Initiation II 

A study of the theology of the Eucharist developed in its biblical, liturgical, systematic, and ecumenical sources, and explaining the themes of sacrament, sacrifice, communion.

5243A 

Marriage and Sexuality 

A theological and pastoral investigation of the meaning of human sexuality and Christian marriage. Specific attention will be paid to pastoral approaches to issues such as sexual development, strengthening marriage and family life, divorce and remarriage, homosexuality, and media influences. 

5249A/B

Selected Topic 

An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and consent of a professor of Sacramental Theology to pursue a topic in this area. The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered.

5271A

Pastoral Counselling I 

This course explores the theoretical background of pastoral counselling and provides the student with some basic training in counselling skills. 

5272B 

Pastoral Counselling II 

This course explores the theoretical background of pastoral counselling and provides the student with some basic training in counselling skills.

5279A/B 

Selected Topics 

An optional course for students who have the approval of the Dean and consent of a professor of Pastoral Theology to pursue a topic in this area. The course may be presented as a tutorial, or as a seminar if three to five students are registered. 

5281 

Ministry in Parishes 

Students are placed in a local parish to familiarize them with pastoral settings and to gain ministerial experience. Special emphasis on involvement in RCIA and sacramental programs in order to gain experience in teaching and “breaking open the Word”.

5381 

The Pastoral Year 

Candidates for ordination spend an entire year in a parochial setting under the direction of an appointed pastor/supervisor. The experience may include specialized courses tailored to the individual’s pastoral needs, such as language studies or a CPE unit. 

5401A 

Prophets and Deuteronomic History 

The course examines the Israelite prophetic movement from the early monarchical period to the early post-exilic period, its original message and its modern applications. Themes include the city of Jerusalem in Israelite history, the desert as place and metaphor, and the use of prophetic messages in the New Testament.

5403A 

The Letters of Paul 

The course examines biographical issues by comparing the portrayal of Paul in his own letters and in the Acts of the Apostles. The original setting, structure, and the inspired message of the authentic letters for modern readers are considered. Some attention is given to the remainder of the Pauline corpus. 

5404B 

Applied Biblical Theology 

A careful examination of key theological themes addressed in selected Scriptural books: the role of the Psalms in the Church’s prayer and praise; the importance of the letter to the Hebrews in discussing Christology and New Testament priesthood; and the eschatological – prophetic value of the book of Revelation.

5411A 

Ecclesiology and Mariology 

The development of Catholic theology of the Church in light of the Second Vatican Council. Systematic treatment of the nature and mission of the Church in contemporary models. The role of Mary in the mystery of Christ and the Church. 

5432B

Christian Bioethics 

A specialized course concerning Catholic moral principles with clinical/pastoral applications for a pluralistic world. Topics: Reproduction issues, abortion, cloning and stem cell research, organ transplants, genetics, death and dying, resource allocation, and global ethics, with many applications to health care institutions. Expert guest speakers included. 

5442B 

The Theology of Order and Ministries

A historical, doctrinal, liturgical, and pastoral study of ministry in the Church.  The Sacrament of Order in light of contemporary approaches to ministry, an understanding of the call to collaboration with the laity in their vocation and mission, and an appreciation of the call to consecrated life in the Church. 

5452B 

Canon Law I 

This course is designed to give an appreciation of how the Church uses Canon Law as an instrument to achieve its goals. It includes a brief history, an overview of the basic concepts of law as well as of the general norms, the principles of interpretation and an introduction to the legal dimension of the Church’s life.

5461A 

Spiritual Theology II 

Christian spirituality from the Catholic revival of the sixteenth century to the present. Schools of spirituality considered include: Spanish (Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross); French (de Sales, Pascal, John Vianney, Therese of Lisieux); English (More, Newman, Lewis); Contemporary (Merton, Stein, Hillesum, spirituality of the poor). 

5471A

Proclamation 

An examination of the importance and effectiveness of preaching in the mission of the Church today. Themes include the nature and role of the homily, the methodology of preaching, and techniques for preparation and delivery of homilies. 

5472B 

Proclamation 

A practicum involving the seminarian’s peer group and professors which provides supervised experience in the delivery of homilies. 

5481

Pastoral Health Care

Under the direction of trained supervisors, the students enter into hospital ministry. The program includes visitation to patients and de-briefing groups for the integration of their theology and experiences with the infirmed. 

5511A

Ecumenism

An introduction to the history and theology of the ecumenical movement.  Reference will be made to the teaching of the Magisterium, significant achievements in ecumenical dialogue, and prospects for future achievements.  Exposure to the rich variety of Christian ecclesial communities and traditions will be included. 

5513A

Theological Integration

An exploration of the unity of Catholic theology and the interdependence of the theological disciplines. The course will include a comprehensive examination designed to assist students in integrating what they have learned throughout the program. 

5541A

Theology of Sacramental healing

A historical and theological exploration of the development of the sacraments of reconciliation and anointing of the sick. Emphasis is given to biblical and patristic sources, responding compassionately to contemporary pastoral concerns, and making sacramental reconciliation relevant in pastoral and catechetical situations. 

5542B

The Art of the Confessor

The course prepares students to be ministers of the sacrament of Reconciliation. Insights from the great confessors of the Christian tradition are followed by specific pastoral material from moral theology and canon law.  Applications are made to contemporary pastoral situations, catechetical preparation programs and diocesan guidelines.

5544B

Pastoral Liturgy

Theological and pastoral dimensions of the roles of the presider and the assembly in the liturgy. Attention will be paid to the ritual books of the Church – their operative theology, their proper execution, and their intrinsic spirituality.  Practical preparation for presiding at the Eucharist.

5551B 

Canon Law II 

This course is designed to discuss the Church’s legislation with regard to the sacrament of marriage. It will include a consideration of the canonical definition of marriage, pastoral preparation, impediments, the canonical form, dissolution of the bond, matrimonial procedural law. 

5571A

Missiology and Evangelization

An investigation into the nature of the Church’s pastoral and evangelical mission. Themes include the theology of mission, the relationship of faith and culture, and the “new evangelization”. Particular attention will be paid to reflection on the pastoral skills necessary for presenting the Christian message in a rapidly changing world. 

5572B

Pastoral Counselling III

This course applies the skills learned in the Pastoral Counselling I and II to specific pastoral situations, especially situations of crisis. Factors that impact on pastoral care and pastoral counselling in a parish setting are specifically addressed 

5574B

Catechetics

The course explores the theory and practice of catechetics. Emphasis is placed on developing skills for: facilitating faith development across the life span, designing program models to meet the need for a variety of pastoral contexts, and developing catechetical approaches for parish and diocesan settings.

5576B

Ethical Issues and Pastoral Ministry

A study of key elements of pastoral ministry requiring ethical decision-making to ensure the proper care of those for whom and with whom ministry is done.  Attention is given to the ethical dimensions of issues such as honesty, confidentiality, the use of power, maintaining boundaries, stewardship, collaborative ministry and pastoral accountability 

5581

Preaching Assignments in Parishes

The deacons are assigned to preach in parishes on some weekends and on occasion in the Seminary during the week, with the opportunity for evaluation and critique.

5591

Guided Studies Program