Graduate Course Offerings

Spring 2015 (12 January - May 2)

  Peoria Catechists


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THEO 602: Christology (Dr. Robert Matava)
Thursdays, 5 – 7 pm
An introduction to the mystery of the Incarnation from the perspectives of Scripture, patristic theology and St. Thomas Aquinas. Topics include the nature and method of Christology, the ‘quests’ of the historical Jesus, OT foreshadowings of the Incarnation and Jesus in the NT, the patristic development of Christology, the motive for the Incarnation, the personal union of Christ’s divine and human natures, the human nature assumed by the Word, and the theological implications of the union of natures, including the unity of Christ’s being and operations . This course combines historical and systematic methods in an engagement with the first nineteen questions of Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae III.

THEO 604: Moral Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
The fundamental principles of moral theology in light of the revelation of God’s law and the grace of Christ, including the nature and end of morality, the vocation of beatitude, freedom and the morality of human acts, the nature of sin, cooperation in evil, moral conscience, the commandments and the natural law, the question of moral absolutes, and a survey of contemporary trends in moral theology.

PHIL 603: Philosophical Errors (Dr. Kristin Burns)
Tuesdays, 5 – 7 pm
A study of some of the false philosophies of man and God, especially in so far as these form the intellectual basis for the errors and shortcomings in contemporary popular thought and in Biblical exegesis, with a critique of these theories and a comparison of them with the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

SCRI 607: New Testament (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
A survey of the books of the New Testament as the fulfillment of the old covenant epoch, including the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Corpus, the Catholic Epistles, and the Apocalypse of St. John.

HIST 611: Church History II (Prof. Steve Weidenkopf)
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
A survey of the history of the Church from the 14th century to the present time. The course will present a narrative history by time period of the persons, places and events that shaped the Catholic Church and Western Civilization during the last 500 years.

THEO 721: Virtues (Dr. Kristin Burns)
Wednesdays, 5 – 7 pm
A study of the nature of virtue and the types of virtue continuing with a focus on the particular virtues: the four cardinal virtues with their related virtues, and the three theological virtues. The course is based on the Summa Theologiae II of St. Thomas Aquinas and involves close examination and discussion of the texts. The aim of the course is to revive an authentically Thomistic ethics based on the human person.

EDUC 602: Catechetical Tradition (Prof. David Wallace)
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
The theology and history of evangelization and catechesis; the methods, models and experiences of evangelization and catechesis from Biblical times throughout the history of the Church; the teachings and normative directives of the Church on evangelization and catechesis.

SCRI 724: Gospel of Mark (Prof. Salvatore Ciresi)
Fridays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
This exegesis of the action-filled Gospel of St. Mark highlights the doctrinal and spiritual truths within the text and examines such themes such as the New Exodus of the New Covenant, the Messiah as “Servant,” the miracles that disclose Christ’s deity, the real humanity of the Son of God, his justice and mercy to sinners, the opposition between Jesus and the devil, the Last Supper within the economy of salvation, and the vivid accounts of the Savior’s Passion, Resurrection and Ascension.

LATN 501: Introdution to Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. Robert Matava)
Mondays, 5 – 7 pm
An introductory course aimed at a reading knowledge of Latin as used in the Liturgy, Scripture, and theological writings.Must be taken for credit, not audited. The credits earned do not count towards the Master of Arts degree.




SCRI 711 LIVE ONLINE: The Pauline Epistles & Acts of the Apostles (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
Tuesdays, 6 – 8 pm, Eastern Time
A study of the Pauline Epistles and Acts of the Apostles. This course focuses on the historical setting of the Pauline Epistles in the apostolic period as described in Acts of the Apostles. Viewed through this historical window, the Pauline Epistles spring to life, and their purpose of composition, unifying themes, and unique character become clear.


THEO 601 ONLINE: God the Father (Dr. Robert Matava)
An introduction to the doctrine of God, the Triune Creator, especially from the theological perspective of St. Thomas Aquinas. The course includes the existence of God and the divine attributes; our ability to know and speak about God; God’s knowledge, will, creative action and providence; the patristic development of Trinitarian dogma; the processions and personal relations within the Godhead; the divine persons considered with respect to the one divine essence and to each other; and the external divine missions. This course combines historical and systematic methods in a sustained engagement with primary sources, especially Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae I.

THEO 603 ONLINE: Holy Spirit & Ecclesiology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
A study of the Person of the Holy Spirit, both within the Trinity and within the mystery of the Church, as expressed in Scripture and Tradition. Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes receive particular attention. The Blessed Virgin Mary, grace, and the universal call to holiness are also studied in relation to the mystery of the Church.

PHIL 602 ONLINE: Philosophy of God & Man (Dr. Kristin Burns)
A study of Thomas Aquinas’s metaphysics and philosophy of man, based on the Summa Theologiae, including the proofs of the existence of God; the relations between essence and esse in creatures and in God; the attributes of God; human nature; man’s knowledge, emotions and will; the spirituality, subsistence and immortality of the human soul; the union of soul and body, and man as a person.

SCRI 606 ONLINE: Old Testament (Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo)
A survey of the historical, wisdom, and prophetical books of the Old Testament as a preparation for the New Testament era. Includes the revelatory stages of salvation history, the importance of Biblical typology, and the function of fulfilled prophecy.

HIST 610 ONLINE: Church History I (Dr. Donald Prudlo)
A survey of the history of the Church from its Apostolic origins through the Middle Ages, with special emphasis on theological issues and the contributions of the Church to culture and civilization. Includes the development of the early Church, major councils of the Church, the Monastic tradition, the Eastern Schism, the rise of Islam, and the Crusades.

THEO 720 ONLINE: Theological Anthropology (Fr. Paul deLadurantaye)
This course examines the biblical roots and theological tradition of the study of the human person; the origins of mankind and the nature of the human person as a free and acting subject; Jesus Christ as the archetype and perfection of humanity; the concept of man and woman as image of God; the unity in sexual difference and the nuptial meaning of the body. The course will also examine briefly the question of the end of man and the relationship between nature and grace.

EDUC 604 ONLINE: Methods of Catechesis & Evangelization (Prof. Noëlle Hiester)
This course explores the purpose and foundations of evangelization and catechesis and the practical processes of the presentation and proclamation of the Faith. Included are a study of human development, natural, moral and spiritual; a survey of evangelization and catechetical methods available for various age groups, levels of spiritual development, and situations; including methods and models for parish evangelization programs, RCIA, sacramental preparation, Bible studies, adult education, retreats, etc. Also included are religious education models, effective public speaking, and use of social media in evangelization.

THEO 606 ONLINE: Apologetics (Dr. Robert Matava)
The reasonable explanation and defense of the Catholic Faith utilizing Scripture, theology, Church history, and philosophy to explain Catholic beliefs and practices, such as Tradition, the Papacy, justification, the divinity of Christ, miracles, the problem of evil, the Real Presence, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Catholic moral teachings. The course especially focuses on controversial points of Catholic doctrine and their rationale, those teachings which are most often misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

THEO 590 ONLINE: Introduction to Theology (Prof. Joseph Arias)
This introduction to the graduate-level study of theology treats comprehensively the meaning of theology, its various disciplines, major methods and basic terminology. Areas of focus are Divine Revelation and the characteristics of the human response, relationships between faith and reason, Scripture and Tradition, doctrine and its development, and the roles of the Magisterium and the theologian in the Church. Special attention is also given to the history of theology, with particular emphasis on the patristic, medieval, and post-Vatican II periods. Prerequisite for all M.A. and Diploma students unless exempt because of prior theological study; the credits earned do not count towards the Master of Arts degree. 

LATN 502: Intermediate to Ecclesiastical Latin (Dr. Robert Matava)
A more advanced course in ecclesiastical Latin, building on the introductory-level course, and aimed at a more proficient reading knowledge of Latin as used in the Liturgy, Scripture, and theological writings.Must be taken for credit, not audited. The credits earned do not count towards the Master of Arts degree.

Spring 2015 Booklist

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Graduate credit tuition: $360/credit – $345/credit for religious
Audit tuition: $130/credit - $95/credit for religious, seniors, catechists
(VCI courses are two credits; all others are three credits)

REGISTRATION FEE: $50 per student 
(early registration  - at least one month before the semester starts -  $25)

TECHNOLOGY FEE: $100 per online course

ROOM & BOARD (summer program only):
$1550/six-week session - $550/two-week session
All Room & Board registrations must be received by June 1.

(summers only, includes room & board)
$955 per session/audit - $1955 per session/graduate credit
VCI registrations must be received by June 1.
No registrations will be accepted without the appropriate registration fee.