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Fall 2019 Courses

ALB (Albany Campus) | ROC (Rochester Campus)

ALB A311 – Synoptic Gospels (Rev. Joseph Mali, Ph.D.)

“An introduction to the distinctive literary and religious portrait of Jesus in the gospels of
Mark, Matthew and Luke with particular concern for the methodology appropriate to
discerning that portrait.” (3 credits)

Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21 – ALB Campus

ROC C/D332 – Catholic Bioethics: A Matter of Life and Death (Jean Baric-Parker, D.BE)

“Since Apostolic times, the Catholic Church has sought to provide Christians with coherent guidance to help believers make sound moral decisions in matters of life and death. Subsequently, centuries of brilliant Catholic thinking has coalesced with inspired Church teaching to provide rational and elegant guiding principles that can be applied to bioethical quandaries in any age. This course will consider these time-tested principles as they apply to contemporary bioethical issues, including: contraception, abortion, IVF, surrogate pregnancy, marriage, gender issues, physician-assisted suicide, organ transplants, end-of life care, stem cell technologies, etc. Catholic and secular bioethical principles will be contrasted. End-of-life directives (MOLST/POLST, DNR’s, Living Wills, etc.), timely public policy issues, and real-time moral situations will be analyzed. Relevant Vatican documents pertaining to bioethical topics, as well as the USCCB’s Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, will be examined. Discussion will touch upon Theology of the Body doctrine, Natural Law, suffering, and conscience. This course will benefit health care professionals, clergy, teachers, and those who seek to better understand Catholic teaching in matters of life and death.” (3 credits)

Wednesday, 6:30-9pm, 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4 – ROC Campus, ROOM D

ROC C226 – Worship and Sacraments (Rev. Peter Van Lieshout, STL)

“An historical, anthropological, and above all, theological investigation of Christian worship and sacrament with special attention to the Roman Catholic Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist; historical overview of liturgical practices, texts, and theology from Jewish and scriptural origins to the 20th-century Vatican II reforms; basic principles of liturgical and sacramental theology; and groundwork for interpreting liturgical documents and ritual texts from pastoral practice, multi/inter-cultural concerns, and ecumenical considerations.” (3 credits)

Mondays, 6:00-10:00pm, 8/26, 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2 – ROC Campus, ROOM D

ROC C302 – The Theology of the Trinity (Sr. Nancy Hawkins, Ph.D.)

“This course examines and explores the nature of the Christian God as unity and Trinity. It focuses on God’s reality as creator, as redeemer in the person of Jesus who we proclaim the Christ, and as unifier and advocate in the person of the Spirit. Since the very nature of God implies “communion” the social implications of Trinity are a focal point for the course. The work of various theologians will be explored and there will be a focus on the early Ecumenical Councils of the Church.” (3 credits)

Tuesdays, 6:00-10:00pm, 9/3, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26, 12/10– ROC Campus, ROOM D

ROC/ALB CP601 – Introduction to Catholic Philosophy: Understanding Seeking Faith (Stephen J. Loughlin, Ph.D.)

“This course centers the student upon the discipline of philosophy as it has been developed and practiced within the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. The methods particular to philosophical investigation will be examined as the philosopher seeks to articulate the nature of wisdom, how it can be attained, and especially incorporated into the entirety of one’s life. The student will understand the differences between philosophy, the sciences, and theology, as well as their respective complementarities, with a focus upon the supportive and illuminative role that philosophy plays in theological education.” (3 credits)

Tuesdays, 2:00-5:00pm, 8/27-12/10 – ROC Campus, ROOM C/ALB Campus

ALB CP651 – Philosophical Anthropology (Fr. Anthony Barratt, Ph.D.)

“This course investigates the philosophical discussion surrounding the human person. We appeal to the major writers on this subject with an emphasis upon the Socratic, Platonic, Aristotelian, Augustinian, and Thomistic traditions, engaging primary original texts themselves and also their incorporation into modern models of the human person, particularly the personalism of St. John Paul II. Among the aspects considered in this course are the following: what is meant by “body” and “soul”; how has relation that exists between the two been articulated; how do we distinguish and understand the difference between the human person’s animality and his rationality; how do we describe human cognition, choice/free will, the human person’s affective life, and the social and spiritual aspects of our humanity; what is meant by the human person being made to the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27); can it be shown that the human person survives his death?” (3 credits)

Mondays, 12:00-3:00pm, 8/26, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25 – ALB Campus

ROC/ALB CT673 – Life in Christ: Action, Contemplation, Communion (Catechism Parts 3 and 4)(Matthew Kuhner, Ph.D.)

“In his Letter to the Philippians, St. Paul boldly proclaims: “to live is Christ” (1:21). What does it mean to live life in Christ and for Christ, who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn 14:6)? This course provides an extended meditation upon the demands of life in Christ through an exploration of (a) the Christian understanding and realization of the moral life as guided by Part Three of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (“Life in Christ” §§1691-2557) and (b) the practice, life, and purpose of Christian prayer as guided by Part Four of the Catechism (“Christian Prayer” §§2558-2865).” (4 credits)

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00pm, 8/27-12/10 – ROC Campus, ROOM D/ALB Campus

ROC D203 – Introduction to Liturgical Preaching I (Rev. Jack Healy, O.Carm., Ph.D.)

“While having theoretical components, this course in homiletic preaching is primarily practical, focusing on the elements that characterize a good homily in both its content and communication. Referencing ecclesial documents, the course seeks ultimately to instill in the minister and, through him, the Assembly, a love for the Word of God.” (3 credits)

TBD – ROC Campus

ALB D208 – Canon Law (Sr. Marilyn Vassallo, JCL)

“The Church is a reality at once charismatic and institutional. Any real understanding of its nature requires a knowledge of the role that law plays in its life. Based on the Spirit of Jesus and the tradition of centuries of history, Canon Law is the “common sense” tool, which assists all members of the faithful to live their baptismal call. Through lectures, discussion, as well as independent research, the students will explore the many facets of Church life related to sacraments, finances and administrative responsibilities. This introductory course is designed for all those who are involved in deaconate studies, as well as parish and diocesan offices.” (1.5 credits)

Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm, 9/5-11/21 – ALB Campus

ROC D211 – Discernment and Formation for Ministry (Sr. Nancy Hawkins, Ph.D.)

“Within the biblical tradition God continually speaks to humanity, calling us to 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. This course will help those attempting to discern how God calls, and to what ministry within the baptized assembly one is called.” (3 credits)

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm, 8/22, 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/12 – ROC Campus, ROOM C

ROC D214 – Spiritual Formation (Sr. Nancy Hawkins, Ph.D.)

“This course provides a broad introduction to the various aspects of the spiritual journey, and the way that one approaches the mystery of faith. Students will be introduced to the many disciplines of the spiritual life, the key spiritualties of Catholic Christianity, forms of prayer, the mystical tradition and the challenges one faces on the journey to God. All will be given the opportunity to reflect upon their own spiritual practices and develop them in a more conscious fashion.” (3 credits)

Thursdays, 6:00-10:00pm, 8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5 – ROC Campus, ROOM D

ALB D217 – Pastoral Care I (Anthony Chiaramonte, Ph.D.)

“This course is designed as a beginning course in understanding the basic principles and methods of pastoral care. It will focus on a theoretical background and is complemented by actual, practical experiences in pastoral listening as part of dyads and working groups.” (3 credits)

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm, 8/28, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/09, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27 – ALB Campus

ROC D219 – Issues in Pastoral Care (Roslyn Karaban, Ph.D.)

“This course will focus on two areas that we face as pastoral ministers – crisis and loss – and how we can better cope and help others cope in these areas. Emphasis is on learning skills appropriate to crisis and grief ministry and on the unique role of the pastoral minister and community of faith. We address various issues that arise in these areas – such as death of children, addiction, clergy sexual abuse, and sudden death.” (3 credits)

Thursdays, 6:00-10:00pm, 8/22, 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5 – ROC Campus, ROOM D

ROC D302 - Pastoral Formation (Roslyn Karaban, Ph.D.)

"This course is designed as a beginning course in understanding the basic principles and methods of pastoral care. It will focus on a theoretical background and is complemented by actual, practical experiences in pastoral listening as part of dyads and working groups." (1 credit)