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

New Testament Scriptures (Professor: Dr. Matthew Genung)
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:40 PM, January 10-March 21

A brief overview of the New Testament world, followed by an introduction to the various writings that comprise the New Testament (who wrote them, where, when and why), to the thought expressed by these writings and to the process by which they were gathered together to form the New Testament.

Ecclesiology (Professor: Fr. Rob Jack)
Thursdays, 7:00-9:40 PM, January 11-March 22
A study of the nature and character of the Church as the universal sacrament of salvation, its essence as communion and the hierarchical society of grace, the Holy People of God engaged in a pilgrimage of grace. Following a general survey of ecclesiology and a discussion of Models and Images of the Church, explicit reference will be given to: the four traditional marks of the Church, One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic; the fundamental mission of the Church as evangelization; and the essential mission of the laity. Prerequisite: New Testament Scriptures.

Contemporary Issues in Moral Theolgoy (Professor: Dr. Joan Kingsland)

Saturdays, 9:30 AM-12:10 PM, 3/17, 3/24, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5

This course will build upon principles of Moral Theology by exploring contemporary moral issues and challenges in the public and private arena. This course will be taught seminar style. Topics for research and discussion may vary from year to year and will be selected from the timely issues facing the Catholic Church, primarily from within the American experience. Topics for discussion may include such issues as: the death penalty, bioethics, medical ethics, and the intersection of faith and public life. Methodologically, the course will foster a dialogue between the wisdom of the Catholic tradition and the American cultural ethos with an eye to formulating an informed pastoral response.  Prerequisites: LPMP students or permission of LPMP Director; LPS 403 or equivalent.

Fundamental Moral Theology (Professor: Fr. Steven Beseau)

Mondays, 7:00-9:40 PM, January 8-March 19

This course investigates fundamental elements of Catholic Christian ethics: values, moral anthropology, and ethical perspectives (virtue v. principles). Also, we explore the sources of moral wisdom—for instance, scripture and natural law—human action, sin, conscience and conversion. These topics round out the course content and shed light on the roots of Catholic morality.

Carmelite Mysticism (Professor: Dcn. Tracy Jamison)

Thursdays, 7:00-9:40 PM, January 11-March 22
An overview of the spiritual life will be presented and discussed according to the mystical doctrines of St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, and St Therese of the Child Jesus, as synthesized by Bl Titus Brandsma, OCarm, and Ven Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus, OCD.  In order to facilitate greater comprehension of the stages of development based on the degrees of faith, hope, and charity, this mystical theology will be illustrated by stories from the lives of Carmelite Saints and by J. R. R. Tolkien’s account of the journey of Frodo the Hobbit from the Shire to Mount Doom and back again.

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

Liturgy & Prayer (Professor: Fr. Larry Tensi)

Saturdays, 9:30-12:10, January 13-March 24

This course will provide a framework for participants to enter into and reflect upon a variety of individual and communal prayer experiences.  The development of current liturgical practices will be traced and participants will deal with practical problems of communal prayer in parishes.

Morality & Justice in Catholic Life (Professor: Fr. Richmond Dzekoe)

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:40 PM, January 9-May 8

This course provides a basic introduction to Catholic moral teaching, ethics and the principles of Catholic social doctrine.  Special attention will be given to key concepts of freedom, responsibility, law, grace, sin and moral discernment. It will explore the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching as identified by the USCCB and help participants develop their own approach to the justice dimension of service to the people of God.

Discipleship (Professor: Dcn. Hal Belcher)

Saturdays, 1:00-3:40 PM, January 13-March 24

This course will focus on themes basic to ministry such as call, response, freedom, choice and paschal mystery. It is designed to challenge participants to confront their own faith and to be supported by Christian peer relationships. The course will serve as well to introduce participants to the educational methodology to be pursued throughout their experience in the program.

*this course is held at Sacred Heart in McCartyville.

Using Scripture in Parish Ministry (Professor: Mr. Bill Frantz)

Saturdays, 9:30 AM-12:10 PM, April 14-May 12

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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