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Distance Learning & Online Education Program

Summer 2020 Courses

ALB (Albany Campus) | ROC (Rochester Campus)

Session I - early May to end of June, 2020 (Note, our add/drop deadline is May 21st)

B/A400 – History of the Church in New Testament Times (Fr. Joseph Mali, Ph.D)

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00pm, 5/12-6/30 – ALB Campus

B/C365 – Christian Anthropology (Fr. Anthony Barratt, Ph.D)

Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm, 5/13-6/26 – ALB Campus

C/D431 – Sacraments of Initiation & RCIA (Marko Pranic, MA)

This course is intended for individuals leading and coordinating the RCIA process on a diocesan or parish level, and will cover in depth the sacraments of Initiation, their historical, sacramental, and spiritual aspects, along with practical application of other disciplines in theology necessary for the proper preparation of the candidates/catechumens.

Mondays, 6:00-9:00pm, 5/11-6/29 – ALB Campus

B/C461 - Tolkien the Artist: Creativity and the Image of God (Siobhan Maloney, STL)

We make because we are made in the image of a Maker” (J.R.R. Tolkien). What is the role of creativity in human life? Is it just an incidental addition, reserved for those with a particular skill set or extra time? Or is it something that speaks to the heart of what it means to be a human person? This course will explore the work and thought of the beloved author, J.R.R. Tolkien, a devout Catholic and a devoted Artist, to see how he himself answers this question. We will uncover Tolkien’s understanding of the role of creativity and what it shows us about our relationship with creation, ourselves, and God the Creator.

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 5/12-6/30 – ROC Campus, ROOM D

CP641 – Philosophy of God: Knowing the Beyond or Beyond Knowing? (Stephen J. Loughlin, Ph.D)

This course concerns the natural ascent of the human mind to a knowledge of the existence and the attributes of God – can God’s existence be proven, and can our language at least begin to represent God’s attributes without falling purely into metaphorical language or simple anthropomorphisms.

Tuesdays, 5:00-8:00pm, 5/6-6/30 – ROC & ALB Campuses

Session II - early July to mid August (Note: our add/drop deadline is July 9th)

B/C21 – Vatican II and Religious Freedom (Rev. Peter Van Lieshout, STL)

TBD – ROC Campus, ROOM D

C330 – The Gospel of Life: Life Issues and Contemporary Challenges (Matthew Kuhner, Ph.D)

After beginning with an overview of theological anthropology (centered upon key sources in Scripture and Tradition), the course then addresses moral issues concerning the beginning of life, its end, and each stage in between. These issues include, but are not limited to: abortion, contraception, violence and war, economic injustice, and euthanasia. The general aim of the course is two-fold: (1) to grant the student proficiency in engaging these challenges and (2) to identify the Church’s teaching on each issue, as well as the foundation of each teaching in the Gospel of Life.

Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 7/2-8/13 - ROC Campus, ROOM D

B/C430: Catholic Spirituality and Culture II: St. Bernard of Clairvaux & Monasticism (Matthew Kuhner, PhD; Stephen Loughlin, Phd; Fr. Isaac Slater, OSCO)

This ‘retreat course’ provides the opportunity to pursue a ‘kneeling theology’ through the study of primary and secondary texts in the Catholic intellectual tradition, while simultaneously being enveloped in an atmosphere and a practice of prayer. The course will be co-taught by professors at St. Bernard’s and monks of the Abbey of the Genesee. The texts will be explored thoughtfully and prayerfully, in order to discern the shape and the spirit of Catholic spirituality and the culture it generates. The course readings will also be considered in relation to one’s own personal experience and in relation to the mysteries of the Catholic faith.

Monday-Friday, 8/3-8/7 - Abbey of the Genesee, Piffard, NY. Space is limited. Learn more here!

CP612 – Medieval History of Philosophy (Alexandra T. Romanyshyn, MA)

A survey course beginning with St. Augustine, through the rise of Scholasticism, and to its end. Emphasis is placed upon the thought of St. Augustine, Boethius, St. Anselm, St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. The relations between faith and reason, and metaphysical, anthropological, and ethical teachings will be emphasized as they develop the thought received from the ancient Greek philosophers and prepare the way for the rise of modern philosophy.

TBD – ALB Campus