Graduate Courses - Rochester / Syracuse

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Spring 2018 Graduate Courses - Rochester/Syracuse



Area A: Biblical Studies

A203 Introduction to Christian Scriptures (Heyman)
An introduction to the history and literature of the Christian movement in the first and second centuries with particular attention to the New Testament in regards to literary components, composition facets, theological themes and interpretive principles.

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

B/C310 History and Practice of Catholic Social Thought (Hawkins)
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

C215 Orientation to Theological Studies (Johnson)
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

C319 Speaking the Truth in Love:  Introduction to Apologetics. (Kuhner)
This course examines the major aspects of apologetics, the theological effort to defend and explain the Catholic faith.  Topics 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 cultivating a “New Apologetics” to accompany the “New Evangelization” so as to successfully address the questions and doubts specific to our age.  
Thursdays:  1/11-5/3; 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

Area D: Pastoral Ministry

D211 Discernment and Formation for Ministry (Hawkins and Palma)
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;
6:00—10:00 pm

D217 Pastoral Care I (Karaban)
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

D218 Pastoral Care II (Karaban)
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

D202 Liturgical Leadership (Johnson)
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

D302 Pastoral Formation (Karaban)
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

I400 Graduate Colloquium
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



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