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Distance Learning & Online Education Program

Spring 2020 Courses

ALB (Albany Campus) | ROC (Rochester Campus)

A203 – Introduction to Christian Scriptures

ALB A327 – Biblical Wisdom Literature & the Psalms (Marcus Gigliotti, SSL)

An exploration of the search for wisdom in classical biblical wisdom literature, with an emphasis on such topics as the quest for meaning, happiness, and coping with unanswered questions.

Tuesdays, 12:00-3:00 PM, ALB Campus

ALB B/C 204 – History of Christianity: Early Centuries (Rev. Gabriel Scarfia, OFM, PhD)

An in-depth exploration into the socio-historical events that shaped early Christianity from the first through the firth centuries.

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, ALB Campus

ROC B/C326 – Twentieth Century Theology (Sr. Nancy Hawkins, IHM, PhD)

This course explores theological themes in relation to historical movements in the 20th century, particularly the Holocaust, the emergence of Neo-Orthodoxy, the needs of the Third World, the Theology of Hope, and the origins of contextual theology and post-modernism.

Tuesdays, 3:00-6:00 PM, ROC Campus

ROC B/C375 – The Drama of Self Gift: The Moral Teaching of Pope St. John Paul II (Rev. Anthony Amato, STL)

This course will examine St. John Paul II's moral teachings by focusing primarily on his writings as primary sources, critically reading and discussing voices of opposition within the Church, and seeking to understand the foundations of his thought.

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30, ROC Campus

ROC C215 – Orientation to Theological Studies (Sr. Nancy Hawkins, IHM, PhD)

This course orients the students to the various aspects of Catholic theological studies and the way Catholic theology functions in the faith community.

Thursdays, 6:00 - 10: 00 PM, ROC Campus

ALB C217 – Moral and Social Teachings (Rev. Zach Chichester, STL)

Introduction to the fields of moral theology and Catholic Social Thought: their purpose in the life of the Church; their methods, their problems.

Mondays, 6:00-9:00 PM, ALB Campus

ROC C319 – Introduction to Apologetics (Matthew Kuhner, PhD)

This course examines the major aspects of apologetics. Its nature and history will be explored, with special emphasis on cultivating a "New Apologetics" to accompany the "New Evangelization."

Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 PM, ROC Campus

ROC C344 – Mariology (Letitia Rhatigan, STD)

This course will explore Mary's historical and theological significance from a Catholic perspective, providing an overview of her role in Scripture, doctrine, and devotion.

Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 PM, ALB Campus

ROC CP621 – Philosophy of Nature (Stephen J. Loughlin, PhD)

This course offers an examination of the ancient and medieval accounts of the natural world, specifically their understanding of nature, change, space, time, purpose, chance, and the principles upon which they rest.

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 PM, ROC Campus/ALB Campus

CP661 – Ethics: The Pursuit of Happiness (Matthew Pietropaoli, PhD)

ALB D207 – Ministerial Leadership (Nancy Volks, D.Min.)

Using the model of servant leadership, this course will explore the dimensions of ministerial leadership in ways appropriate for each student's faith tradition.

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 PM, ALB Campus

ALB D214 – Spiritual Formation (Melissa Martinez, PhD)

This course provides a broad introduction to the various aspects of the spiritual journey, and the way that one approaches the mystery of faith.

Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 PM, ALB Campus

ROC D370 - Cross-Cultural Pastoral Care (Roslyn Karaban, PhD)

This course is designed to explore what it means to provide pastoral care in our multicultural world.

Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 PM, ROC Campus

W500 - Academic Writing Seminar (Marko Pranic, MA)

Summer 2020 Courses

ALB (Albany Campus) | ROC (Rochester Campus)

Session I

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

BXXX – 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/CXXX – Christian Anthropology (Fr. Anthony Barratt, Ph.D)

Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm, 5/13-6/24 – ALB Campus

C/DXXX – Confirmation Preparation: Approaches and Best Practices (TBD)

TBD – ROC Campus, ROOM D

B/CXXX - 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

TBD – 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, 6:00-9:00pm – ALB Campus

Session II

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, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13

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

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

TBD – ROC Campus, ROOM D