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Thank you for your interest in our library of online only courses. These courses were previously recorded from a live class and can be taken any time.

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Apologetics/Defending the Faith

Basic Training in Apologetics $50.00

- Professor: Rob Drapeau, MA.Ed

Basic Training in Apologetics
- Professor: Rob Drapeau, MA.Ed

"Your mother wears army boots!" This familiar schoolyard taunt has prompted more than one playground pugilist to put up his dukes in defense of his mother's reputation, but worse things are said about the Catholic Church every day. Are you going to let them talk about your mom like that?
At Confirmation we became soldiers for Christ, fully initiated members of the Church Militant. As such, we are obliged to readily and charitably defend our Mother whenever she is attacked. Can you do this? This class will equip you to:


-win any argument without cheating
- defend your faith without being defensive (or offensive!)
- use your sword and shield (the Bible and faith) together effectively
- stump your anti-Catholic brother-in-law this Thanksgiving with "Jesus Judo"
- be unapologetic when you apologize (give reasons for your beliefs)

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Catechetics

Discipline and St. John Bosco (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Discipline and St. John Bosco
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

New to Discipline? Wonder what others have done to maintain order in their sessions? Start here by reflecting on the discipline techniques used by St. John Bosco, who built his system on building holy, healthy and dynamic relationships with the boys he served.

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Foundations of a Catholic Worldview (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Foundations of a Catholic Worldview
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Whether you are a parent, catechist, Catholic school teacher, or interested Catholic, this talk examines the characteristics of a Catholic world-view. How is it that Catholic look at reality? How does this differ from other religions and philosophies? This talk will examines the importance of being Christ-centered and how that impacts the mission of the Church, not only in catechetics, but also in education and philosophy as well.

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Getting Started as a Catechist (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Getting Started as a Catechist
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Brand new to catechesis? Just get selected by the pastor, DRE, or youth minister to catechize others? This session will give you what you need today so you can start being a catechist tomorrow, with a hands-on look at what catechesis is and session planning 101.

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Introduction to Catechetics $25.00

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Introduction to Catechetics
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

This course is directed to anyone involved in parish and school catechesis. These sessions introduce the participant to the role of catechesis within the totality of the Church’s mission of evangelization. It discusses catechesis as a form of the ministry of the word that deepens faith, doing so through instruction and an apprenticeship in the Christian life. This course examines the key elements that make up catechesis, including doctrinal content, divine pedagogy, catechetical methodology and the role of the catechist.

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Catholic Education

Catholic Education 101 $25.00

- Professor:  Fr. Robert Bolding, Robert Drapeau, Kevin Muir

Catholic Education 101
- Professor:  Fr. Robert Bolding, Robert Drapeau, Kevin Muir

The education of children is one of the greatest callings God gives to parents. The Church has responded to this by supporting parents through the tradition of Catholic education. This three-week course will examine the nature and ends of authentic Catholic education and a discussion of means to attain those ends. It will include an examination of the writings of the popes and official Church documents. It will also feature a discussion of Catholic intellectual life, what it means to be an educated person, and the role discipline plays in the formation of virtue.

This course will be of particular interest to parents who desire a deeper understanding of the Church's teachings on the nature and purpose of education.

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Prayer and the Catholic School Teacher (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Tom Parks

Prayer and the Catholic School Teacher
- Professor: Tom Parks

Prayer and the Catholic School Teacher

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The School as an Agent of Evangelization (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

The School as an Agent of Evangelization
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

The School as an Agent of Evangelization

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Catholic Living/Contemporary Issues

Catholic Political Life $50.00

- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

Catholic Political Life
- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

The goal of this class is to form our consciences according to Catholic teaching as we participate in political life. How do we live as Catholics in the public square? What are the principles that guide us and how do we apply them specifically? We need to have some answers to these questions as well as a plan for how to move forward today. Beginning with the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Religious Liberty, through the most recent statements by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the class will look at a number of texts that point us in the right direction.

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Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Love in the 20th Century $25.00

- Professor: Katrina Zeno

Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Love in the 20th Century
- Professor: Katrina Zeno

This course will follow the development of the Catholic Church's theology on marriage in the 20th century by beginning with the 1917 Code of Canon Law (a more legal and contractual definition) and then continuing with Casti Connubii (Piux XI, 1930, which introduces a more personalist understanding of marriage and love) and how this personalist approach is taken up in Vatican II (Gaudium et Spes), Humanae Vitae, the writings of Pope John Paul II (especially his "theology of the body"), the 1983 Code of Canon Law and finally the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The course will highlight how a deeper understanding of the human person (anthropology) opens up new ways of understanding and speaking about morality and the Church's moral teaching.

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Consecrated Life in the 21st Century - Bringing Renewal to Church $25.00

- Professor: Sister Jude Andrew, OP

Consecrated Life in the 21st Century - Bringing Renewal to Church
- Professor: Sister Jude Andrew, OP

The consecrated life, marked by the profession on the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience, is a great gift given to the Church by Jesus Christ. In the Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis focused the Church's attention on this great gift, asking the Church to "look at the past with gratitude," "live the present with passion," and "embrace the future with hope." This three-week course will cover the nature and essence of consecrated life in the mystery of the Church, with a focus on the Vatican II documents Lumen Gentium and Perfectae Caritatis, as well as the Code of Canon Law and Pope St. John Paul II's Vita Consecrata. The history of religious life will be discussed to see how this has taken concrete shape throughout the Church's life. Lastly, the Scriptural foundations of consecrated life will be analyzed and discussed, specifically the Gospel foundations of the evangelical counsels.

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Current Plight of Christians in the Middle East (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Simone Rizkallah

Current Plight of Christians in the Middle East
- Professor: Simone Rizkallah

Join us for engaging lectures that discuss contemporary events in the life of the Catholic Church. In this lecture, Simone will provide an overview of key political and religious issues currently facing Christians in the Middle East.

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Gender Ideology and the Church’s Response (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Claire Dwyer

Gender Ideology and the Church’s Response
- Professor: Claire Dwyer

Today, the topic of gender pervades the media, often resulting in confusion and controversy. This talk will examine gender from a Catholic perspective. It will outline what Catholics need to know about gender ideology and how it threatens the foundations of the family and society.

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Keeping Our Kids Catholic (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Fr. Matt Lowry

Keeping Our Kids Catholic
- Professor: Fr. Matt Lowry

Given the powerful influence of culture on children, Catholic parents are rightly concerned about whether their children, and future generations, will practice and grow the Catholic faith. This class will help parents understand and develop a game plan for helping their children stay active in the faith from young children, through college, and even as adults.

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Medical Perspective of the Cross (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Dr. Peter Auriemma

Medical Perspective of the Cross
- Professor: Dr. Peter Auriemma

Crucifixion was outlawed by the Emperor Constantine in 337AD. Within a few generations, the details of this form of capital punishment were forgotten. The crucifix is the central symbol of our Catholic Faith, but many do not realize how horrible an instrument of death it was. In order to more fully understand and appreciate the tremendous sacrifice which Jesus made for us, this lecture will examine the suffering which Jesus endured for our salvation from the perspective of a physician. It is based on Scripture as well as the most current archaeological and forensic research.

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Political Issues Facing Catholics (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Aaron Martin

Political Issues Facing Catholics
- Professor: Aaron Martin

Join us for engaging lectures that discuss contemporary events in the life of the Catholic Church. In this lecture, Aaron will examine issues facing Catholics in the upcoming elections.



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Pope Francis: Apostle of Joy (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Ryan Hanning

Pope Francis: Apostle of Joy
- Professor: Ryan Hanning

In the first eighteen months of his pontificate, Pope Francis has engaged the world by witnessing Christ's mercy. In his most recent Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the Pope lays out his vision for proclaiming "the fundamental message: the personal love of God who became man, who gave himself up for us, who is living and who offers us his salvation and his friendship."

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Theology of the Body for Everyone $50.00

- Professor: Katrina Zeno

Theology of the Body for Everyone
- Professor: Katrina Zeno

In this course, participants will discover how theology of the body can lead you to a deeper encounter with Christ and the Trinitarian God. They will learn a new way of looking at God's original plan as connected with the sacramentality of the body and the gift of self. Participants will experience a new way of looking at the effects of sin and one's ultimate perfection in heaven and they will deepen their understanding of Catholic Church teaching on marriage and the centrality of the one-flesh union for understanding all of reality. They will also gain a new confidence in defending the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. Whether you're single or married, involved in ministry or just wanting to learn more about the Catholic faith, this workshop is for all who are interested.

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Understanding Faith in Light of Vatican II $50.00

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Understanding Faith in Light of Vatican II
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

From October 2012 through November of 2013, Pope Benedict XVI has called the Church to celebrate a Year of Faith, challenging Catholics to grow in faith by strengthening their devotion to the Word of God. To do this, he has called Catholics to a renewed understanding of the documents of Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This course will help participants understand the context for the Year of Faith by examining faith in light of Vatican II. Beginning with Blessed Pope John XXIII�s announcement of the Second Vatican Council, the course will walk participants through the documents of Vatican II and selected writings of Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The course will examine the essential characteristics of faith in light Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Finally, it will describe how faith is strengthened and lived by lay people in the world today.

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Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching and Laudato Si’ $25.00

- Professor: Joe Cady

Catholic Social Teaching and Laudato Si’
- Professor: Joe Cady

This course will serve as an overview of Catholic social teaching, examining its roots in the Old and New Testaments, it's historical development from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis, and some of the central principles of Catholic social thought. Topics to be covered include: the dignity and vocation of the human person, integral salvation, authentic human development, the common good, why the Church is concerned with social justice, the connection between justice and evangelization, the personal and social dimensions of sin, and much more.

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Christian Morality

Happiness - The Goal of Catholic Living $25.00

- Professor: Ryan Hanning

Happiness - The Goal of Catholic Living
- Professor: Ryan Hanning

The fourth question of the Baltimore Catechism asked "Why did God make me?" The answer familiar to many of us was "To know, love and serve God, to be happy with Him in this life and in the next." For over 3500 years of western civilization the question of happiness has been among the central questions of life. Various Greek, Roman, Jewish and Christian philosophers offer distinct contributions to this central question. More than just a platitude the goal of authentic happiness is deeply tied to our origin, our purpose, and our destiny and provides a rich philosophical and theological perspective on God's plan for the human person. This course evaluates these answers, and seeks to present an authentically Catholic perspective to happiness as the goal of Catholic life.

Recommended Text: Intro to the Devout Life by St. Frances de Sales.

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Church History

A picture is Worth a Thousand Words:  A Virtual Pilgrimage $25.00

- Professor: Fr. Steven A. Kunkel

A picture is Worth a Thousand Words:  A Virtual Pilgrimage
- Professor: Fr. Steven A. Kunkel

Over the past 2,000 years, the Faith of Christians has been lived at real times in real places. Many of these places have become spots of pilgrimage, drawing the faithful to them for times of prayer and reflection. While not all of us can visit these places, Fr. Steve Kunkel can bring them to us through his photography. Through his expert photography, this course will look at some of the most important places in the Catholic Faith. Included will be pictures from Rome, Lourdes, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Greece, Turkey, Ephesus, Medjugorje, Egypt and the Holy Land. See where Sts. Peter, Paul and many others lived, traveled and gave their lives for Christ.

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Church History - 0-1000AD $25.00

- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

Church History - 0-1000AD
- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

Our Faith is historical to the core – the Son of God was born of a woman in time, the resurrection is a historical event – and the Church herself exists in time, even as she looks forward to eternity. Knowledge of her history is essential in just the same way as knowledge of our own history makes us who we are. This class will develop our appreciation for Church history and provide a groundwork for future study. The first course will cover roughly the first millennium and the second course will cover the second millennium.  They may be taken individually or in sequence.

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Church History - 1000-2014AD $25.00

- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

Church History - 1000-2014AD
- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

Our Faith is historical to the core – the Son of God was born of a woman in time, the resurrection is a historical event – and the Church herself exists in time, even as she looks forward to eternity. Knowledge of her history is essential in just the same way as knowledge of our own history makes us who we are. This class will develop our appreciation for Church history and provide a groundwork for future study. The first course will cover roughly the first millennium and the second course will cover the second millennium.  They may be taken individually or in sequence.

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Creed/Foundational Beliefs

Christology: The Truth About Jesus $50.00

- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

Christology: The Truth About Jesus
- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

The truth about Jesus remains intact, coherent, and vital in every generation. In other words, Jesus is still the Son of God despite his critics. Cardinal Sch�nborn's recent work on Christology will lead us more deeply into the truth about Jesus, and this will help us to know the Savior himself.

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Ecclesiological Foundations of Vatican II $25.00

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Ecclesiological Foundations of Vatican II
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

This course will give an overview of the theology of the Church as presented in the documents Second Vatican Council, in particular Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes. From this, the student will know the key characteristics of the Church and its role in God’s plan of salvation; the Christocentric nature of the Church; the understanding of Church as communion; the centrality of the universal call to holiness in the life of the faithful; the relationship of the Church to the modern world; and the distinct role of the laity in the life and mission of the Church and in the renewal of the temporal order.

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Ecclesiology The Church as Communion $50.00

- Professor: Rev. Christopher Fraser, MA, M.Div, JCL

Ecclesiology The Church as Communion
- Professor: Rev. Christopher Fraser, MA, M.Div, JCL

This course will consist of a survey of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's book, "Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today." Writing as Cardinal Ratzinger years before his election to the See of St. Peter, this important contribution to the ongoing study and understanding of the Catholic Church and the theology upon which it is grounded and defined provides us with a renewed appreciation and respect for the Magisterium and the gift of pastoral authority and governance of the Holy Father and the College of Bishops. Using Ratzinger's text as our guide, we will focus on the origin of the Church, the Primacy of Peter and his role in maintaining the communion of the Church, the Universal and Particular Church, and the essence of the priesthood as it relates to our theological understanding of the Catholic Church and the sacraments. In addition to Cardinal Ratzinger's book, we will also review the document Lumen Gentium from the Second Vatican Council, numbers 11, 12, 14,16, & 17, relevant laws from the Code of Canon Law, and the motu proprio Ad Tuendam Fidem issued in 1998 by Blessed John Paul II. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with relevant texts in order to understand how theology, canon law, and the history of the origins of the Church learned from the Scriptures intersect to create what we know and love as the Church of Christ on earth.

Text: Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

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God's Plan of Salvation (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

God's Plan of Salvation
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Have you ever wondered what God is doing and why He is doing it? This class covers begins to answer these questions, looking at the big picture of God's plan of salvation. It will examine the different stages of salvation history, focusing in on the problem of Original Sin, the Paschal Mystery of Jesus and how, through the ministry of the Church, Jesus offers salvation to us.

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John Paul II on the Dignity and "Genius" of Women $50.00

- Professor: Irene Alexander, PhD

John Paul II on the Dignity and "Genius" of Women
- Professor: Irene Alexander, PhD

Contemporary society holds the opinion that the Church has declared "war on women." In this course we will examine the philosophical roots of this position, and the birth of the secular notion of the dignity of women, particularly its view of the human person's relationship to the body. We will then explore the Church's teachings on the dignity of women and her role in society. By examining Pope John Paul's Encyclical Letter, Mulieris Dignitatem "On the Dignity and Vocation of Woman", his Letter to Women, and selections from his Theology of the Body, this course will expound the Church's theology of women in their equal dignity and unique "feminine genius." Far from denying her true dignity, students of this course will see how highly the Church views women, how indispensable is her role, and how the Church's teachings promote and defend her true dignity. "The Church gives thanks for each and every woman...as they have come forth from the heart of God in all the beauty and richness of their femininity." (John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, 31). No class on Ash Wednesday.

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The Church in the Modern World $50.00

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

The Church in the Modern World
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

From October 2012 through November of 2013, Pope Benedict XVI has called the Church to celebrate a Year of Faith, challenging Catholics to grow in faith by strengthening their devotion to the Word of God. To do this, he has called Catholics to a renewed understanding of the documents of Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
One of the major objectives of the Council was to spread the Gospel in today's world. From that, Vatican II issued the document Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. This course will provide an in-depth overview of the purpose of this document. It will also look at this document's impact since the Council, examining selected writings from Pope Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. This course will look to strengthen lay people in their urgent and vital role of spreading Christ's love in the world. It is designed especially for those who are new (or wanting a refresher) to Vatican II and its impact on the Church.

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Required Reading: PASTORAL CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH IN THE MODERN WORLD

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The New Evangelization $50.00

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

The New Evangelization
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

The "New Evangelization" is one of the most popular expressions in the Church today. Made popular by Pope John Paul II, it characterizes the focus and mission of the Church at the beginning of the Third Millennium. This course will look at the progression of the New Evangelization from Vatican II through the pontificate of Benedict XVI, with attention given to the contribution of Pope John Paul II. It will help the student to understand the word "evangelization" as well as the primary goals and themes of the New Evangelization. It will show the great need in the world today for the Gospel and how the New Evangelization addresses that need.

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Literature/Great Books

Basic Christian Doctrine as Found in C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity $25.00

- Professor: Rev. John Ehrich, MA, M.Div., STL

Basic Christian Doctrine as Found in C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity
- Professor: Rev. John Ehrich, MA, M.Div., STL

C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity has truly become a modern classic. Compiled from the original BBC broadcasts during World War II, it was published in book form in 1952. Mere Christianity is widely considered a basic foundation in Christian apologetics and has led many to embrace the Faith. In this class we will examine the basics doctrines of Christianity as presented by Lewis and assist the student to see how Lewis' presentation of these doctrines harmonize with and diverge from Catholic tradition. The overall intention of the class is to present basic Christian doctrine to the student in a very accessible way.

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Brave New World: A Guided Reading $50.00

- Professor: Rob Drapeau, MA.Ed

Brave New World: A Guided Reading
- Professor: Rob Drapeau, MA.Ed

Along with George Orwell, Aldous Huxley was deeply skeptical of the utopian futures imagined by H.G. Wells and others. Unlike Orwell however, Huxley's greatest fear wasn't a tyrannical government that ruled by the threat of pain, rather it was a dictatorship that enslaved through the promise of pleasure. This class will explore Huxley's ideas as expressed in his dystopian novel Brave New World. How close to realizing his dystopia are we? Is there anything being done to prevent his vision from coming true?
Text: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Fulton Sheen - The Cross and the Beatitudes (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Simone Rizkallah

Fulton Sheen - The Cross and the Beatitudes
- Professor: Simone Rizkallah

Jesus Christ began His public ministry on the Mount of Beatitudes giving us His central teachings on how to live the Christian life. His earthly ministry closed on Mount Calvary where he uttered what has come to be known as "The Seven Last Words." In his book The Cross and the Beatitudes: Lessons on Love and Forgiveness, Fulton J. Sheen explores the connection between these two significant events. Lent is the perfect time to meditate on the insights this text provides as we explore the interesting correspondence between each Beatitude and each word of Jesus on the Cross.

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G.K. Chesterton's The Everlasting Man $50.00

- Professor: Rob Drapeau, MA.Ed

G.K. Chesterton's The Everlasting Man
- Professor: Rob Drapeau, MA.Ed

Have you ever wondered what Christianity might look like from the outside? G.K. Chesterton recommends this imaginative exercise to any critics whose familiarity with Christianity has bred contempt for the Faith. Written as a response to H.G. Well's Outline of History, The Everlasting Man tackles Well's dual contentions that Man is a mere animal and that Christ was a mere man. The result is a literary masterpiece that C.S. Lewis considered "the best popular defense of the full Christian position." Take this class and find out why.
Text: The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton

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Great Books for Beginners (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Rob Drapeau, MA.Ed

Great Books for Beginners
- Professor: Rob Drapeau, MA.Ed

Join us for engaging lectures that discuss contemporary events in the life of the Catholic Church. In this lecture, Rob will discuss the value of examining great works of literature in education and in daily life.

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Introduction to the Summa Theologica $25.00

- Professor: Thomas Lordan, MA, JD

Introduction to the Summa Theologica
- Professor: Thomas Lordan, MA, JD

A strong case can be made that St. Thomas Aquinas was the greatest theologian / philosopher who ever lived, and that his Summa Theologica is the best theological / philosophical work ever written. Certainly the Church, down though the ages, has considered Aquinas to be foremost among its Doctors. Aquinas was concerned not so much with what other philosophers had to say as with the truth of things, and his writings are characterized by their profound wisdom, common sense, and clarity. Nor has the passage of time dimmed their luster. Despite the fact that the Summa is a daunting work, it is possible, even in a brief course, to give an outline of it and to examine some of its fundamental parts. Hopefully the course may then inspire a further study of St. Thomas.

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Saint Augustine's "City of God" $50.00

- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

Saint Augustine's "City of God"
- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

“The City of God is the autobiography of the Church written by the most Catholic of her great saints…The City of God, for those who can understand it, contains the secret of death and life, war and peace, hell and heaven” (Thomas Merton, introduction to the Modern Library Edition). The class will read and discuss selections from Saint Augustine’s great work and will gain a deeper understanding of scripture, theology, history, and spirituality. “For what other end do we propose to ourselves than to attain to the kingdom of which there is no end?” (Book XXII.30)

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The Great Divorce and the Four Last Things $50.00

- Professor: Rev. John Ehrich, MA, M.Div., STL

The Great Divorce and the Four Last Things
- Professor: Rev. John Ehrich, MA, M.Div., STL

C. S. Lewis's dazzling allegory about Heaven and Hell—and the chasm fixed between them—is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, where we discover that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside.  In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon in Hell and embarks on an incredible voyage to Heaven. Anyone in Hell is invited on board, and anyone may remain in Heaven if he or she so chooses. But do we really want to live in Heaven? This powerful, exquisitely written fantasy is one of C. S. Lewis's most enduring works of fiction and a profound meditation on good and evil and on what God really offers us.  The main text will be any edition of Lewis’ The Great Divorce.

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The Spiritual Theology of “The Screwtape Letters" $25.00

- Professor: Rev. John Ehrich, MA, M.Div., STL

The Spiritual Theology of “The Screwtape Letters"
- Professor: Rev. John Ehrich, MA, M.Div., STL

The Screwtape Letters, written by C.S. Lewis, has long been a classic of Christian literature. First published in 1942 this highly original work has assisted many people to grow in their understanding of temptation and the many ways in which Satan tries to distract us from our true goal; God. The class will be composed of a combination of lecture and discussion about the themes of the "letters".
Required Book: The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

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Lives of the Saints

St. Dominic - First Saturdays with the Saints (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Sr. Mary David Klocek, OP

St. Dominic - First Saturdays with the Saints
- Professor: Sr. Mary David Klocek, OP

Join us for a dynamic lecture on the lives of the saints and their heroic living of the Gospel. In this lecture, Sr. Mary David will examine the life of St. Dominic.








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St. Edith Stein - First Saturdays with the Saints (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Fr. Kevin Grimditch

St. Edith Stein - First Saturdays with the Saints
- Professor: Fr. Kevin Grimditch

Join us for a dynamic lecture on the lives of the saints and their heroic living of the Gospel. In this lecture, Fr. Grimditch will examine the life of St. Edith Stein           





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St. Jose Maria Escriva - First Saturdays with the Saints (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Ryan Ayala

St. Jose Maria Escriva - First Saturdays with the Saints
- Professor: Ryan Ayala

Join us for a dynamic lecture on the lives of the saints and their heroic living of the Gospel. In this session, Ryan will examine the life of St. Jose Maria Escriva.

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St. Therese of Lisieux (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Fr. John Muir

St. Therese of Lisieux
- Professor: Fr. John Muir

Join us for a dynamic lecture on the lives of the saints and their heroic living of the Gospel. In this lecture, Fr. Muir will examine the life of St. Therese of Lisieux.

           



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St. Thomas Becket - First Saturdays with the Saints (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Fr. Rob Clements

St. Thomas Becket - First Saturdays with the Saints
- Professor: Fr. Rob Clements

Join us for a dynamic lecture on the lives of the saints and their heroic living of the Gospel. In this lecture, Fr. Clements will examine the life of St. Thomas Becket.           





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Marriage and Family

How to Talk about Marriage and Same Sex Unions (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Trent Horn

How to Talk about Marriage and Same Sex Unions
- Professor: Trent Horn

Discussing marriage and same sex unions in today’s culture is a difficult challenge. This talk will provide the participant the tools you need to make a powerful, non-religious case against redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. It will discuss how to charitably and compassionately answer the objections of those who disagree with you, giving answers rooted in the truth of Catholic teaching.

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The 2015 Synod on the Family – A Synopsis (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Mike Phelan

The 2015 Synod on the Family – A Synopsis
- Professor: Mike Phelan

This session provides a summary of the 2015 synod on the family, looking at the actual discussions at the synod and how the Church will move forward from it.





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The Annulment Process - Updates (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Rev. Christopher Fraser, MA, M.Div, JCL

The Annulment Process - Updates
- Professor: Rev. Christopher Fraser, MA, M.Div, JCL

Join us for engaging lectures that discuss contemporary events in the life of the Catholic Church. In this lecture, Fr. Fraser will examine updates to the Church's annulment process.
           


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Philosophy

An Introduction to Plato $50.00

- Professor: Thomas Lordan, MA, JD

An Introduction to Plato
- Professor: Thomas Lordan, MA, JD

This course is for students who are new to Plato, as well as for those who may have studied him before.
Why study Plato? As C.S. Lewis' devil, Screwtape, put it, when we moderns are confronted by the work of an ancient author, the one thing we have been taught never to ask is whether it is true. We must try to overcome that modern prejudice. Western culture is principally based on two things: Greek philosophy (Plato and Aristotle) and Judaeo-Christian revelation (the Bible). In a time, like ours, of massive deculturation, it is vital to return to the sources. As John Paul II put it, faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth. Plato and Aristotle may be said to have been the first "Fathers of the Church", even before there was a Church.
Plato, the first philosopher, wrote dialogues, that is, little dramas, in most of which the hero was Socrates. Plato stands to Socrates as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John stand to Jesus. Socrates discovered and articulated the dimensions of the human soul. Like Jesus, he was unjustly put to death by the authorities in the society whose order he disturbed. We will consider especially the following dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo (chronicling the "Last Days of Socrates"; Gorgias and Republic (two of Plato's most important ethical-political works); and Phaedrus and Symposium (Plato's dialogues on love). These are available on-line, or may be purchased in inexpensive editions.

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Introduction to Aristotle $50.00

- Professor: Thomas Lordan, MA, JD

Introduction to Aristotle
- Professor: Thomas Lordan, MA, JD

This course is for students who are new to Aristotle, as well as for those who may have studied him before. It is not necessary to have taken the course on Plato taught in the previous Quarter.
Why study Aristotle? As C.S. Lewis’ devil, Screwtape, put it, when we moderns are confronted by the work of an ancient author, the one thing we have been taught never to ask is whether it is true. We must try to overcome that modern prejudice. Western culture is principally based on two things: Greek philosophy (Plato and Aristotle) and Judaeo-Christian revelation (the Bible). In a time, like ours, of massive deculturation, it is vital to return to the sources. As John Paul II put it, faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth. Plato and Aristotle may be said to have been the first “Fathers of the Church,” even before there was a Church.
Aristotle was a student of Plato’s, but his work may have outstripped Plato’s in terms of its importance. Dante considered Aristotle “The Master of Those Who Know,” and Saint Thomas Aquinas referred to him simply as “The Philosopher.” Aquinas’ synthesis of Aristotle and Biblical revelation, of nature and grace, was fundamental not only for the Church but for all subsequent Western history. While Plato wrote dialogues, what have come down to us from Aristotle are his lectures on a great many subjects. We will consider the Metaphysics and the De Anima (On the Soul) briefly, and then spend most of our time on the Ethics and the Politics. These are available on-line, or may be purchased in inexpensive editions.

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The Problem of Evil $50.00

- Professor: Rev. John Ehrich, MA, M.Div., STL

The Problem of Evil
- Professor: Rev. John Ehrich, MA, M.Div., STL

For many people throughout history the question of the existence of evil and the reality of human suffering pose serious objections of the existence of a God who is all loving and all powerful. This class will explore these objections to God’s existence and seek some solutions through the thought of C.S. Lewis, Pope John Paul II, Karl Rahner S.J., Bruno Hidber CSsR., Walter Casper, Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine.

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The Roots of Postmodern Secularism and Atheism and the Response of Theology $50.00

- Professor: Rev. John Ehrich, MA, M.Div., STL

The Roots of Postmodern Secularism and Atheism and the Response of Theology
- Professor: Rev. John Ehrich, MA, M.Div., STL

In this class we will discuss the roots of secularism and atheism in our culture. What does it mean to refer to our society as secular? Are we truly a secular society or can we still be called Christian? What changes and developments in science and philosophy have brought about this reality and what are the implications of those developments?

Consideration will be given to the influence of the thought of Descartes, Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche and Vattimo, among others. We will then examine the response of theology from the perspective of Gaudium et Spes, Walter Kasper, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Book: The God of Jesus Christ: New Edition, by Walter Kasper

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Sacred Scripture

A Beginner’s Guide to the Gospel of John $25.00

- Professor: Christa Lopiccolo

A Beginner’s Guide to the Gospel of John
- Professor: Christa Lopiccolo

This course is designed for anyone wanting to know foundational themes in the Gospel of John. More than just a placard at a sporting event (Jn 3:16), the Gospel of John is quite distinct in style from the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. John’s unique perspective provides new insight into the Person and mission of Jesus Christ; while his reference to Jesus as the Word made flesh emphasizes the significance of the Incarnation as the turning point of history. This four-part course will provide an introduction to John’s gospel and its connection to other books of the Bible, highlight major themes and break open key passages, as well as delve into its application to our lives as disciples of Jesus.

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A Catholic Understanding of the Bible $25.00

- Professor: Tom Perna

A Catholic Understanding of the Bible
- Professor: Tom Perna

The Second Vatican Council called for a renewal of Scripture in Catholicism. This course walks the participant through the significant characteristics of the Bible, including its authorship, its relationship to Church teaching, and its connection to the liturgy. It will examine how the Bible is not only the soul of theology, but also has a preeminent place in the life of each Christ as the source of our understanding of the life and ministry of Jesus. This is a great course for those who are new to the Bible, or those who have had a significant amount of formation in the Bible.

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From Joshua to Jesus $50.00

- Professor: Gayle Somers, MA

From Joshua to Jesus
- Professor: Gayle Somers, MA

Most Catholics are familiar with some of the main events of Genesis and Exodus in the Old Testament, but the rest of the history gets really fuzzy. Does this history matter? Absolutely! This class traces the conquest of the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua (Yeshua in Hebrew), the rise and fall of the kingdom of David, and the long wait for the appearance of the Messiah, the New Yeshua. Our primary text will be Scripture, as well as Walking with God, a Journey Through the Bible (Jeff Cavins/Tim Gray).

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Reading Scripture with the Church: A Case Study $50.00

- Professor: Gayle Somers, MA

Reading Scripture with the Church: A Case Study
- Professor: Gayle Somers, MA

The Church calls us to read the New Testament in light of the Old Testament, or, as scholars say, to do "canonical exegesis." How do we do this? Happily, in his book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, Pope Benedict XVI gives us an outstanding example of this kind of Scriptural reading. We will use the book as our text to learn how our familiarity with the Old Testament deepens and enriches our understanding of the Gospel accounts of Christ's Passion, an excellent Lenten opportunity.

Text: Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week by Pope Benedict XVI

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The Birth of Christ: A Scriptural Account (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Kevin Saunders

The Birth of Christ: A Scriptural Account
- Professor: Kevin Saunders

Join us for engaging lectures that discuss contemporary events in the life of the Catholic Church. In this lecture, Kevin will break open the Gospel account of the birth of Christ, providing a historical, geographical and spiritual overview of the events surrounding the first Christmas.

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The Real Jesus of the Gospels $50.00

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

The Real Jesus of the Gospels
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Easter is a time when the question of religion in general, and Jesus in particular, is throughout the media. Many times the portrayal of Jesus is often at odds with what we are hear at church. In this course, we will set the record straight on Jesus, examining the principle source we have of His life – the Gospels – and learning about Who He really is and How He can change our lives. In examining the Gospels, we will see that the real Jesus is the One Who has loved us from eternity, offers us hope and healing, and offers us true and everlasting peace.

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Who's Who in the Old Testament - Biblical Covenants $50.00

- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

Who's Who in the Old Testament - Biblical Covenants
- Professor: Eric J. Westby, PhD

The New Year is a great opportunity to make a commitment to read through the Scriptures.  Why not start “in the beginning”?  This course will introduce the student to the most significant people and themes of the Old Testament, focusing on Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and David, going to the time of Jesus. While these great biblical figures are known for their devotion to God, the lives they lead saw great struggle, and at times, great sin. The Old Testament describes God’s great love and fidelity even when the people He is counting on stray far from Him.  If the Old Testament has seemed hard to understand, this course will show God’s plan in it and how it can transform one’s life today.  The main text will be the Bible itself (either Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition or New American Bible), with supplements from Dr. Scott Hahn’s A Father Who Keeps His Promises.

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Spirituality and Prayer

A Survey of Spiritual Theology $50.00

- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

A Survey of Spiritual Theology
- Professor: Rev. Oliver Vietor, M.Div

Our goal is heaven, but what are the means to attain it? We are to be perfect, but how do we come to perfection? This class will look closely at the traditional Catholic answer of the Three Ways: Purgative, Illuminative, and Unitive. The main text will be The Ordinary Path to Holiness by Thomas Richard, supplemented by readings from the great masters, such as Saints Gregory of Nyssa, John Climacus, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and Francis de Sales. From this survey, we hope to learn those practices available to each of us by which we might grow in all prayer and virtue.

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A Time to Remember and Forgive (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Dr. Ramon Luzarraga

A Time to Remember and Forgive
- Professor: Dr. Ramon Luzarraga

The stereotype behind reconciliation is the erroneous idea of "forgive and forget." The Catholic Church teaches that authentic reconciliation is to remember and forgive, lest dangerous memories of past wrongs rise to the surface and scupper the reconciliation that occurs or has the potential to happen. What does it mean to remember and forgive will be the focus of this talk.

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Mary, Our Guide for Lent (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Tom Perna

Mary, Our Guide for Lent
- Professor: Tom Perna

Focusing on the Early Church Fathers and the writings of Hans Urs Von Balthasar, this class will examine Mary's walk with Jesus Christ to the Cross, the sacrifice she shares with Jesus Christ in the passion, and overall role Mary plays in the Season of Lent.

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Purification and Perfection: The Discipline and Blessing of Lent (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Steve Green

Purification and Perfection: The Discipline and Blessing of Lent
- Professor: Steve Green

Purification and Perfection have been called the burden and the blessing of Lent; purification is the hard work, growth in holiness and perfection is the payoff. But both point to deeper truths about the human person, and what it means to live in imitation of Christ. Why is the work of purification so central to what it means to be a follower of Christ, and how do we go about it. And what does Chris's call to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect tell us about what it means to be human, about our identity and our destiny? Join us for this Lenten reflection.

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The Call of Heroic Catholicism:Personal Obstacles and Solutions (FREE CLASS)

- Professor: Fr. John Klockeman

The Call of Heroic Catholicism:Personal Obstacles and Solutions
- Professor: Fr. John Klockeman

Fr. John Klockeman presents The Call of Heroic Catholicism:Personal Obstacles and Solutions.

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