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Masters-level evening and weekend course offerings open to any students already possessing a bachelor’s degree include:

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Old Testament Scriptures (Professor: Rev. Timothy Schehr)
Saturdays, 9:30 AM-12:10 PM, August 25-November 3

Overview of the Old Testament studies the geographic and cultural background from which the literary record of the Hebrew faith experience emerged and grew. In this context the literature of Pentateuch, Prophets and Wisdom is explored.

Sacred Scripture Seen Through Sacred Art (Professor: Dr. Cecelia Dorger)
Mondays, 7:00-9:40 PM, August 27-November 12
From Early Christianity to the present the practice of rendering sacred themes in art and architectural decoration has been constant. This course explores monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting inspired by Sacred Scripture. Some of the thematic issues we will consider are Christian art as a facilitator to comprehending Scripture, art as a catalyst for deepened devotion, and Church patronage of religious art and architecture.

Church History: Key Issues & Eras (Professor: Dr. Bradford Manderfield)

Mondays, 7:00-9:40PM, August 27-November 12

This course surveys the development of the Church from the first through the twentieth century.  Particular attention will be paid to the distinguishing characteristics of the Church in each of the major eras of its history, discussing key issues and tensions, important figures, and significant developments in Catholic thought, piety, and practice.

Catholic Social Doctrine (Professor: Dr. Ken Craycraft)

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:40 PM, August 28-November 6

Catholic Social Doctrine addresses the broad scope of how the Church lives in, and interacts with, the various cultural, social, legal, and political realities in which it finds itself.  This course will begin with the biblical foundation of the Church’s social teaching, as examined through the great teachers of the Church.  We will then turn our attention to the chronological development of Catholic Social Doctrine, from Pope Leo XIII’s groundbreaking encyclical, Rerum Novarum, through Pope Benedict XVI’s Caritas in Veritate.  Our goal will be to articulate a coherent understanding of how and why Catholic Social Doctrine is the means by which the Church transcends and subordinates all politics to itself. Prerequisites: CL 230 or LPS 403 or permission of instructor.

The Immanence Apologetics of Walker Percy (Professor: Dcn. Tracy Jamison)

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:40 PM, August 28-November 6

Tentative Course Description:  Apologetics as a Christian discipline is the intellectual endeavor to defend the Christian faith against those who oppose it, and to attract to it those who do not yet believe it.  It is the science of the credibility of the word of God.  It explains the believability of the deposit of faith and morals, which can be judged either by reason alone or by reason informed by the grace of faith.  The help of grace given to the intellect in judging the credibility of the word of God may be formal or material.  Immanence apologetics relates the deposit of faith and morals to the common human predicament and our felt needs for perfective goods and supernatural deliverance.  Examples of this experiential approach to apologetics include St. Augustine’s Confessions, Karl Rahner’s supernatural existential, and Pope Francis’ Lumen fidei.  Our focus will be on the semiotic essays and existentialist novels of Walker Percy, which continue to be instrumental in the calling many modern castaways into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

Non-degree certificate-level courses open to any students already possessing at least a high school diploma include:

Catechism of the Catholic Church (Professor: Dcn. Amado Lim)

Saturdays, 9:30 AM-12:10 PM, November 10-December 15

This course provides an introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) as a resource for ministry and personal growth. It introduces the student to the history, development and organization of the CCC, the relationship of the Catechism to other catechetical documents and provides a foundation for LPC 115 Basic Doctrine.

Evangelization & Social Media (Professor: STAFF)

Thursdays, 7:00-9:40 PM, November 8-December 13

This course will be rooted in Catholic teaching on evangelization and communication and focused on best practices for parish applications. It will provide an introduction to communication and evangelization through digital and social media. Students will be introduced to key documents, best practices and practical tips on modern communication for mission and ministry.

Church History (Professor: Dr. Kevin Schmiesing)

Saturdays, 1:00-3:40 PM, August 25-November 3

This course provides a basic introduction to the nature of church including its theology, mission, catholicity and relationship to the world. It will examine a variety of models for church as well as the relationship between local and universal Church.

*this course is held at Sacred Heart in McCartyville.

Ecclesiology (Professor: Rev. Steve Walter)

Saturdays, 9:30 AM-12:10 PM, November 10-December 15

This course provides a practical introduction to the use of Sacred Scripture in parish ministry settings, including resources and best practices for Bible Study, RCIA, youth ministry, sacramental preparation and parish meetings. Students will explore ways to help their communities become more Bible literate.

*this course is held at Good Shepherd parish in Montgomery.

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