Summer is often when people take time off work or studies, but it can also be an opportunity to grow in one’s faith and delve deeper into the teachings of the Church. Christendom’s graduate school offers a variety of summer programs for both the laity and religious, providing an opportunity for those with busy schedules to earn their MA during the summer.

The summer residency program for graduate students, the Vita Consecrata Institute for religious, and the Classical Languages Institute are all offered on Christendom’s beautiful campus in the Shenandoah Valley during the summer. Studies at the graduate school provide students with the ability to seek and find the truth, even in the midst of the difficulties of our times. Philosophy, doctrine, dogma, morals, and Sacred Scripture are just a few of the essential pieces of this education, all of which are offered during the summer at Christendom’s graduate school.

This summer at the graduate school, some new courses and concentrations are being offered for students who are pursuing their MA in theology.

The Vita Consecrata Institute for religious will have new elective courses on Theology of the Body, Psychology in the Religious life, and an introductory philosophy course on themes in St. Thomas Aquinas.

“These classes will be especially attractive to students who have participated in the VCI in the past, but have already taken all of the regular courses,” says Dr. R.J. Matava, dean of the graduate school.

The new courses on “Theology of the Body” and “Psychology in Support of the Religious Life” offer formation which is especially relevant to our times.

The course on “Psychology in Support of the Religious Life” will be taught by Catholic psychologist Dr. Mark Glafke and will provide insight and formation on the issues of today, from a perspective especially tailored for the mission of the religious life.

“This is an integrative course which ties together psychology, morals, Catholic anthropology, and spirituality to focus on pastoral issues about healing the human heart that are frequently encountered in ordained ministry and religious life,” says Matava.  This course will be open to all priests and religious.

To learn more about the Vita Consecrata Institute, go here.

The graduate school is also offering a new degree concentration in Sacred Scripture. The summer program will be offering courses for students who wish to pursue this concentration, and online courses will also be offered during the summer for this concentration.

Christendom’s graduate school will also be offering courses which fulfill the language requirements for earning an MA in Theology. Latin and Greek immersion studies will be offered through the Classical Languages Institute. This year, for the first time ever, the Polis Institute will be partnering with the Classical Languages Institute to offer a three-week Greek immersion program on Christendom’s campus. Dr. Matava believes that the Classical Languages Institute “strengthens the Masters of Theological Studies program,” and “affords an opportunity to students across the English-speaking world to learn these vital languages in an ideal, communal, holistic learning environment.”

For more information on the Classical Languages Institute and to register, go here.

Additionally, the graduate school will continue to offer courses for the Diocesan Master Catechist program, which is a new initiative in the Arlington Diocese. The graduate school will be running courses on Apologetics and the Church Fathers for the summer Master Catechist program.

For more information about the graduate school and to learn how catechists, Catholic school teachers, and Directors of Religious Education can save 50% off tuition, go here.

Contributed by Nuala Kelly (’19).

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