Spring 2018 Graduate Courses – Rochester/Syracuse
Area A: Biblical Studies
VC available in Apalachin, Auburn, Elmira & Ithaca.
Tuesdays: 1/9 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3 and 4/17 (4/24 snow date);
6:00 pm—10:00 pm
Area B: Historical Studies
The course offers an examination of the development and history of Catholic social teaching. Numerous social documents are reviewed and discussed beginning with Rerum Novarum. The lives of key figures in the field of Catholic social thought will be offered as examples of how Christians can integrate social teachings into their ministries, spirituality, and daily lives.
Mondays: 1/8, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23;
6:00 pm—10:00 pm
Area C: Theological Studies
Orientation to the various aspects of theological studies and the way theology functions in a faith community. Key issues such as faith, revelation, scripture, tradition, human experience and worship are explored to see how they are integrated into the entire discipline of theology. The course aims at helping the student develop a framework in which to understand how one engages in critical reflection in light of human experience in general and pastoral/ministerial life in particular.
VC available at LeMoyne College, Apalachin, Auburn, Elmira & Ithaca.
Wednesdays 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4 & 4/18 (4/25 snow date);
6:00 pm—10:00 pm
This course examines the major aspects of apologetics, the theological effort to defend and explain the Catholic faith. Top-ics covered will include: the relationship between faith and reason, the challenges posed by atheism and secularism, dialogue with other religious and ecclesial communities, and the meaning of human sexuality. The nature and history of apologetics will also be explored with a special emphasis culti-vating a “New Apologetics” to accompany the “New Evangelization” so as to successfully address the questions and doubts specific to our age.
7:00 pm—9:00 pm
Area D: Pastoral Ministry
Within the Biblical tradition, God continually speaks to humanity, calling them to the holiness of life. Recognizing the lifelong development of Christian spiritual formation, this course guides the beginning student in the practice and art of spiritual discernment. Based on the great spiritual masters of the Catholic tradition, this course will help those attempting to discern how God calls and to what ministry within the baptized assembly one is called.
VC available at LeMoyne College, Apalachin,
Auburn, Elmira & Ithaca. Wednesdays: 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 4/11, 4/25 and 5/2;
A beginning course in understanding the basic principles and methods of pastoral care. Focus on a theoretical background complemented by actual, practical experiences in pastoral listening through dyads and working groups.
Tuesdays: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17; 6:00—9:00 pm
A follow-up to Pastoral Care I. In special instances, students who have done comparable work to the previous course will be allowed to take this course. Focus on crisis intervention and ministering to those in a variety of crisis situations. Learning how to be better pastoral caregivers to those experiencing loss or in crisis. Format will be lecture, group work, practica and case-studies.
VC available in Apalachin, Auburn, Elmira & Ithaca
Thursdays: 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 4/12, 4/26 & 5/3;
6:00 pm—10:00 pm
This course is designed to provide an overview of liturgical theology and liturgical practice. Based on the principle of lex orandi, lex crendendi, (how the Church prays expresses what she believes), this course will provide those who currently are, or soon will be engaged in ministerial roles competence when liturgical leadership is required. Emphasis will be both theological and practical, outlining proper liturgical expression and modeling liturgical leadership based on the normative ritual practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
Thursdays 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5 and 4/19;
6:00 pm—10: 00 pm
A supervised field experience that introduces students to particular pastoral/agency settings in order to provide an opportunity to critically reflect on the minister they are becoming. The experience consists of: participation in supervised ministry, theological reflection and evaluation.
Wednesdays 1/17, 2/21, 3/21 and 4/18;
6:00 pm—9:00 pm
A day of reflection, integration and celebration required for all graduating GCPS, MAPS and M.Div. students.
Saturday, April 7, 2018;
9:30 am—3:30 pm
Spring 2018 Graduate Courses – Albany
This course explores the challenges and possibilities of effective pastoral leadership and management in the Church today. It examines the responsi-bility of those called to ministry to provide effective, collaborative, administra-tive and managerial leadership whether one serves as a member of a pastoral staff in a single parish or in an increasingly complex cluster of par-ishes; a diocesan office, or other Church related organization. It is designed to help students articulate their own pastoral leadership vision and skills and translate them into effective management strategies for use in their local pastoral situation. The course will help students articulate a spirituality of leadership and management that emerges from their religious tradition and life experience.
Mark Reamer, PhD
Mondays, 6 – 9 p.m.
Jan 22 – Feb 12, Feb 26 – April 23, Snow date: April 30
Spirituality allows more ways of similarity rather than polarity attributed to the spiritual or religious world. This course entertains the broader spectrum of what spirituality offers. Commonality in an Interfaith perspective allows us to communicate and to share the beauty of the gift of mystery encompass-ing the human family. You are invited into a wider journey of the perspec-tives of the spirit world.
Gary Gelfenbein, PhD
Tuesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
January 9 – April 3, Snow date: April 10
A study of the Pauline writings with attention to these questions: how can we evaluate Paul’s writings as the earliest witnesses to the life of the Church? What does it mean to be an apostle during these early decades?
What does Paul’s experience teach us?
Marcus Gigliotti, SSL
Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
January 10 – April 4, Snow date: April 11
This course will survey the major books and ideas of the Hebrew Bible. Close attention will be paid to the historical context in which the texts emerged. Students will learn the methods used by modern critical scholars to exegete the texts. The course is intended, among other things, to provide students with the foundational knowledge of the Hebrew Bible necessary for a variety of ministry settings. By the end of the course students will be able to appreciate the Hebrew Bible as Jewish scriptures.
Joseph Mali, PhD
Thursdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
January 11 – March 22, April 5, April 12, Snow date: April 19
A day of reflection, integration, and celebration required for all graduating MAPS and MDiv students.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
To be held in Rochester, New York.