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for Spiritual Theology Department


Early Christian Models & Methods... (CH 599P)

Credits:2

Title: Early Christian Models & Methods of Spiritual Direction Cross-listed with ThSp599P. On-line course Spring 2008. Fr. Dysinger Created 9/25/07 ET FOR ONE TIME ONLY WE XLISTED THIS IN SP 2013 WITH THSP 592 WITH THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION: Spiritual Theology and Direction (THSP 592) An introduction to the principles for fostering growth and maturity in the spiritual life by means of direction and guidance, with special attention to the place of spiritual direction in the life and ministry of the priest. Prerequisite ThSp 503. 10/10/12 ET

Intro to Spiritual Theology (ThSp 503)

Credits:3

Introduction to Spiritual Theology This is an introduction to the basic principles of Christian spirituality in the Roman Catholic tradition. The course seeks to connect the seminarian's spirituality as a layperson with his future spirituality as a priest. It also studies the inseparable connections between liturgy and spirituality, and holiness and justice. Fall. UTD: 10/5/05 ET

Prayer: Theology and Practice (ThSp 580)

Credits:2

Prayer: Theology and Practice This course explores the scriptural and theological foundations of prayer as well as the different forms and methods of personal prayer that have developed over the centuries. Starting with the example of Jesus, it will examine how his ministry is marked by a profound communion with God and how, down to the present, this communion to which we are all called is nurtured by an education in the value of silence as the spiritual atmosphere vital for perceiving God's presence and by various forms of liturgical and personal prayer. The course will study prayer in the Christian life, especially as it is articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, acquaint participants with the rich traditions of prayer and assist them in developing their own method(s) of personal prayer. Special areas include: scriptural background, liturgical prayer, formation in silence and centering, the body and prayer, experiences in various methods of personal prayer and obstacles to prayer. Prerequisite IPSF-A. Fall 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011. UTD: 11/01/07 ET

La Intimidad con Dios (ThSp 583)

Credits:2

La Intimidad Con Dios Este curso examinará algunas nociones básicas, teórias y prácticas de la ciencia de la oración cristiana. Se trata de una introducción a las enseñanzas y las técnicas elaboradas y experimentadas a través de los siglos por los grandes orantes, con el propósito de progresar en la experiencia de la intimidad con Dios. Este propósito se tendrá para los estudiantes y para que lo apliquen en su ministerio pastoral con los fieles de habla hispana. El curso se dará en español usando un lenguaje sencillo y pastoral en cuanto sea posible. Prerequisite: Proficiency in Spanish. Spring 2007, 2009, 2011 UTD: 11/01/07 ET

History of Christian Spirituality (ThSp 584)

Credits:2

History of Christian Spirituality A survey of key figures who have contributed to the development of Christian Spirituality, from historical and theological perspectives. May be taken for either Church History or Spiritual Theology credit (ThSp584). Spring 2010. UTD: 10/20/09 ET

Twelve Step Spirituality (ThSp 586)

Credits:2

In this course students will learn about addiction and its consequences, the Twelve Step Fellowships that support recovery (especially Alcoholics Anonymous), and actually experience the process and result of applying the Twelve Steps to their personal spiritual development. Fall 2009, 2010, 2011. Pre-requisite: None MDiv or MA elective Fall Only Created on 1/31/07. UTD 3/10/08; UTD 10/26/09. ET X-Listed with PS599 12 on 6/26/08. ET DON'T FORGET TO ADD DR KAIGHAN & FR MULLIN, CM INTO THE FAC DISTRIBUTION LIST WHEN THIS COURSE IS OFFERED AGAIN! AND ADD THE XLISTING W/ THSP 586 IN MEMO FOR THE SEMESTER.

A Practical Parish Spirituality (ThSp 587)

Credits:2

This course is an introduction to the principles and skills needed for an effective and practical way of ministering in a parish setting. These skills include but are not limited to: sacramental preparations, presiding at sacramental services, pastoral counseling, collaboration, evangelization, adult education, and bereavement ministry. Other topics will be generated by student input at the beginning of the semester. Pre-requisite: Parish Internship Experience. MDiv/MA elective. (revised this line only: 1/27/09) Fall Only. Created on 1/31/07. ET COURSE CANCELED AFTER SP 09 (REPLACEMENT THSP560/PS560)

Christian Spiritual Practices (ThSp 588)

Credits:2

This course will trace the history of Christian spiritual practices from their precursors in Judaism and ancient Mediterranean spirituality up to the end of the sixteenth-century. Particular emphasis will be laid on contemporary methods of experiencing and teaching (especially in the parish setting) traditional Christian methods of prayer, meditation, and contemplation. During the first half of the course the history, theory, and practice of the following disciplines will be studied: (1) lectio divina; (2) psalmody; (3) monologistic prayer (e.g. the Jesus Prayer and the rosary) and (4) liturgical prayer. In the second half of the course attention will be paid to practices of particular importance in the early modern period, such as late medieval mysticism, the lay spirituality of the devotio moderna, and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola as well as Ignatian spirituality articulated by other leading Jesuits. Pre-requisite: CH 501 & -502 MDIV OR MA ELECTIVE. Spring Only. Created on 1/31/07. ET Cross-listed with CH 588. REVISED 5/9/11 ET REVISED: ADDED PRE-REQS. 10/18/10 ET DESCRIPTION REV'D 2010. 11/01/10 ET

Spiritual Theology and Direction (ThSp 592)

Credits:2

ThSp 592 - Spiritual Theology and Direction (2 credits) An introduction to the principles for fostering growth and maturity in the spiritual life by means of direction and guidance, with special attention to the place of spiritual direction in the life and ministry of the priest. Prerequisite ThSp 503. Spring 2007, 2009, 2011. UTD: 11/01/07 ET

(2) Fr Discipleshp to Apostleshp (ThSp 599)

Credits:2

ThSp 599 From Discipleship to Apostleship This course is about the Spiritual Life: how it begins, where it goes from its beginning and what it leads to. This course will help seminarians, as future priests, to understand the difference between "Religion" and "Authentic Spiritual Life," and between "Religious Spirituality" and "Lay Spirituality." It also prepares seminarians for their spiritual leadership task in their future ministries. It will include presentations, discussions and sharing. M.Div. or M.A. Elective. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Special Studies in Spiritual Theo (ThSp 599)

Credits:2

Special Studies in Spiritual Theology Selected topics in Spiritual Theology. Specific course descriptions and course syllabus must be on file with the Academic Dean. UTD: 10/5/05 ET

Church in the Patristic Era (ThSp 599A)

Credits:2

ThSp 599A - Church in the Patristic Era (2) An in-depth examination of the Church during the patristic era up to the pontificate of Gregory the Great (590-604). In addition to emphasis on the reading and understanding of primary sources, the course also relies on the related disciplines of Christian archaeology and Christian art in order to understand more fully the ethos of the world of Christian antiquity. Prerequisites: CH 501 or Professor's consent. Note: Cross-listed with CH 583; may be taken for either Church History credit or Spiritual Theology credit. Fall. [ fall 2016 only per Dean Lilles - kg 11/10/16 ]

God, Mysticism, and World Religions (ThSp 599B)

Credits:2

Theology and Art: A Revelation of God (ThSp 599D)

Credits:2

ThSp 599D Theology and Art: A Revelation of God (2) This course is an investigation of the significance of music, literature, and the visual arts (including film) for Christian theology and spirituality. The questions to be addressed are several and center on the following areas: How does one discover a theology or spirituality in a work of art? How do the arts explore and express theological meaning both implicitly and explicitly? What does a deeper appreciation of art in all its forms offer to a fallen world? How does art indicate the presence of an incarnate redeemer? How can an experience of art deepen one’s own personal spirituality and theology? And what are our own obligations as men and women of God to share this vision with those we serve? The course includes both in-class and field work. Prerequisite: ThS 513.

Theology of Relationship (ThSp 599K)

Credits:2

ThSp 599K - Kenotic Christology (2) This course is designed to give an in-depth exploration of a Christological theme critically received in the light of Catholic tradition and magisterial teaching. Topics can include anything in the range of past or present theological reflection on the mystery of the Incarnation. Note: Cross-listed with ThS 599K. generic description - created for fall 2016 - kg 3/5/16

Makers of Theology: C.S. Lewis (ThSp 599S)

Credits:2

ThSp 599S Makers of Theology: C.S. Lewis (2) This course is designed to survey the entire range of C.S. Lewis's theological and imaginative writings with a view to discovering and discussing his major themes, both apologetic and spiritual. The course is conducted as a seminar in which the professor and students (well prepared by reading, listening to audio-recordings, viewing video-recordings, and visiting websites) will engage in vigorous conversation in the five phases of the course: the shape of Lewis's life, the way he spoke and thought, his major observations on reason and faith, his major observations about and experience of becoming a self, and his major observations about and experience of prayer and discernment. (A summer reading list is available from the professor.) Note: Cross-listed with ThS 591J. kg- 4/7/16

St. John of the Cross: Master of the Soul (ThSp 599Z)

Credits:2

ThSp 599Z St. John of the Cross: Master of the Soul (2) This course examines the spirituality of St. John of the Cross, one of the most important masters of the spiritual life. His life and his writing spoke of a soul deeply in love with God. His understanding of the soul's relationship to God is an important guide to those who are interested in deepening their relationship with God. The course focuses on learning from the master of the soul in order to deepen the student's spiritual life and love of God. created 1/14/16 - kg

New Evangelization & the Christian (ThSp582E)

Credits:2

ThS 582E The New Evangelization and the Christian Understanding of Human Dignity and Personhood (2 Units) The recent Synod of Bishops has shed new light on the contemporary challenges of evangelization in the 21st century. Appreciation of human dignity is essential for missionary outreach and participation in the New Evangelization to which we are called today by the Church. This course will explore the Christian understanding of mission in the light of the documents emanating from the recent Synod, the documents on New Evangelization and recent documents on the theology, pastoral practice, and spirituality of mission. Prerequisite: ThS 513 M.Div/M.A. Elective CREATED & CROSS-LISTED W/ THS 582E ON 11/8/12 ET COURSE WAS CANCELLED FOR SP2012 & NEVER OFFERED. 11/27/12 ET

Church in the Middle Ages (ThSp586A)

Credits:2

The Church in the Middle Ages Medieval History and Spirituality: An in-depth examination of the Church during the Middle Ages. In addition to emphasis on significant and formative issues facing the Church during this period, particular attention will be given to primary texts by Western and Byzantine authors representing different traditions of medieval spirituality. Spring. Xlisted w/ CH 586 UTD: 05/14/10 ET COURSE HAS NOT BEEN OFFERED BUT MAY BE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SPRING 2011.

Spirituality of the Diocesan Priesthood (ThSp599A)

Credits:2

This course will survey literature on the spirituality of the diocesan priest from Vatican II to the present. Grounding current views on this topic in New Testament literature. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Spirit. St. Vincent DePaul (ThSp599C)

Credits:2

This course attempts to discover the different elements of the spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul. Students will learn how to apply these elements to their Christian lives and their apostolic works. MDiv or MA Elective. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Vietnamese Culture & Christ Spirit (ThSp599E)

Credits:2

Vietnamese Culture and Christian Spirituality Since Christianity was introduced to the Vietnamese people, both the Christian faith and the Vietnamese culture were enriched and transformed. This course is designed to help students to understand cultural, religious and spiritual streams that have fed and refreshed the minds and hearts of the Vietnamese people for thousands of years before the coming of Christianity and have continued to nourish them ever since the Good News was preached to them. This course also prepares students for their ministries in the multicultural Church today. MDiv or MA elective. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Spiritual Guidance and Direction (ThSp599F)

Credits:2

MUST ENTER DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Theology of Ministry & Priesthood (ThSp599G)

Credits:2

An introduction to, and critical exploration of, the theological foundations of ordained ministry within the context of a wider understanding of ministries ordained and non-ordained. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Spirituality of Liberation (ThSp599H)

Credits:2

Spirituality of liberation will focus on the importance of giving spirituality to the work of peace and justice, especially in Latin America. The student will learn from the theologians of the Theology of Liberation, how to live with spirituality, his commitment with the poor people. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Living Contemplatively in World of Action (ThSp599I)

Credits:2

Living Contemplatively in a World of Action This course will focus on basic contemplative prayer practices such as Lectio Divina, Christian Meditation, Centering Prayer, walking meditation, and praying with sacred art. Class time will be devoted both to learning the spiritual theology behind the practices and to actual practice of these ways of praying. MDiv or MA elective. As of 3/8/06 per Dr. Mitchell. ET

Trinitarian Spirituality & Ethics (ThSp599M)

Credits:2

(not submitted as of 10/19/04) MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Moral Virtues & Human Freedom (ThSp599N)

Credits:2

DESCRIPTION: This course presents a survey of the Christian theology of virtue and vice. Readings will be taken chiefly from primary sources, which will be studied as guides and sourcebooks for models of conversion, moral decision-making, and spiritual progress. Emphasis will be placed on: (1) repentance and the call to conversion as the authentic basis for Christian asceticism; (2) traditional philosophical and theological models of virtue, vice, and moral ascesis; (3) the dynamic interrelationship between moral-ascetical practice and contemplative vision; (4) friendship as the ascetical school of Christian virtue; (5) the interrelationship between spiritual exercise, discernment, and moral decision?-making. The rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Christian thought will be highlighted through study of primary sources from the Jewish, Roman, Greek, Celtic, Anglo-European, Slavic, Middle-Eastern (Syriac), North African, and North American traditions. In order to profit from the cultural and ethnic diversity of the student body, students are encouraged to bring to classroom discussion the particular ordering and grouping of virtues and vices characteristic of their own cultural heritage. (revised for S12) Pre-requisite: ThM 514 & ThSp 503 (per Fr. Dysinger) MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET On-line course offered F07. Cross-listed with ThM 599F. 4/2/07 ET

Ritual & Imagination (ThSp599O)

Credits:2

Retain for Spring 2009. It will be taught by Fr. Clarke at that time. He will probably want Wed. 7-8:50pm but ck w/ him before assigning day/time. Created 10/1/07. Need course description. ET

Early Christian Models & Methods... (ThSp599P)

Credits:2

Title: Early Christian Models & Methods of Spiritual Direction Cross-listed with CH 599P. Fr. Dysinger On-line Spring 2008 Created 9/25/07 ET Revised as on-line S08: 10/12/07 ET

Trinitarian Foundations of Contemplative Prayer (ThSp599Q)

Credits:2

The Trinitarian Foundations of Contemplative Prayer. Christian prayer is Trinitarian prayer: To the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit. This course explores the various forms and practices of Christian prayer in view of a deeper understanding of that quiet, unitive, passive form of prayer often referred to as contemplative prayer by which we behold the magnitude of God's love given through the Son/Word in the gift of the Spirit. Pre-requisite: ThSp 503 Created 3/10/08 ET for F08.

Currents & Trends in Contemp Spirit (ThSp599R)

Credits:2

ThSp 599R Currents and Trends in Contemporary Spirituality This course will offer an overview of some currents and trends of contemporary spirituality in light of the Council of Vatican II. We will examine specific ecclesial movements and organizational groupings as well as contemporary spiritual practices in some quarters of the church, such as the labyrinth, the enneagram, centering prayer, and dreamwork. Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each of these movements and practices will facilitate the students' skill of discernment and pastoral care within a ministerial context. Prerequisite: ThSp 503 MDiv/MA Elective Created: 2/20/09

Science, Theology, and Religion (ThSp599T)

Credits:2

Science, Theology, and Religion: Friends in the Quest for Truth This lecture series provides the opportunity for scientists and theologians, in their search for truth, to present salient points of interest from their individual fields of expertise. This course is designed for laypersons and will accomplish 3 important goals: 1. To give students an introduction to the exciting world of science and its impact on faith 2. To engage students in the dynamic of personal appropriation of this knowledge 3. To prepare students to pass on this knowledge to others (2 units) created on 10/06/11, revised title 10/7/11 ET MDiv/MA credit per Fr. Henson as of 11/3/11 ET

Best Parish Practices (ThSp599V)

Credits:2

TITLE: Best Parish Practices UNITS: 2 SEMESTER: Spring 2014 TIME: Wednesday 8-9:50 AM CLASSROOM: 3 INSTRUCTOR: Rev. Jim Clarke Course Description An introduction to the best principles and skills needed for an effective and practical way of ministering in a parish setting. These skills include but are not limited to: sacramental preparation, pastoral counseling, collaboration, evangelization, adult education, parish administration, and bereavement ministry. Other topics will be generated by student input at the beginning of the semester. This lively course will include several guest lecturers on topics decided by the students. Pre-Req per Fr. Clarke: ThSp 503. 10/14/13 et Created for S14 on 10/11/13 et COURSE: ThSp 599V

Moral/Spirit. Theo. A. Liguori (ThSp599W)

Credits:2

Moral and Spiritual Theology of Alphonsus Liguori Alphonsus Liguori was canonized in1839 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871 for his "accurately expressed" teachings on moral theology (Pope Benedict XVI, Wednesday Audience on March 30, 2011). In 1950, Pius XII proclaimed him "patron of all confessors and moralists." This course will examine the moral theology of Alphonsus Liguori in its rich spiritual context. Special attention will also be paid to the pastoral implications of his thought. (Cross-listed with ThM 599N) Emailed for pre-req(s) on 11/5/13 ET Pre-req: ThM 514 Created for S14. 11/5/13 ET

Film, Faith, and Culture (ThSp599X)

Credits:2

ThSp 599X Film, Faith, and Culture (2 credits) A course designed to facilitate ways of thinking theologically about film, the messages about faith and faith values that films convey, and the different cultural contexts expressed in assorted American and foreign films. How do films help us interpret the human condition, good and evil, suffering and redemption, damnation and purgation? How do we closely look at a visual text, and gather a moral and religious point of view towards society and towards church? A basic question is asked: how does film function as a basis for religious discourse, even if the content is not specifically religious? Note: Open only to Theology students in year 2 or higher. No auditors. new topic for fall 2015 - created 4/29/2015 - kg

Prayer and Poetry: The Word Made Flesh (ThSp599Y)

Credits:2

ThSp 599Y – Prayer and Poetry: The Word Made Flesh (2) This class is an exploration of what is made “real” in prayer and poetry. Both are intensely personal experiences. Is there something inherent in the poetic experience that is not simply literary but also deeply interpretive of life, consoling, sustaining, and challenging? Are there similarities between the writing and reading of poetry and the sustaining nature and challenge of personal prayer? Can poetry help us to grow spiritually? To participate effectively in this class a basic knowledge of technical poetic method and terminology is presupposed in the student. The class involves both lecture and discussion of the poetic and prayer experience. created for spring 2016 - kg 10/30/15