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Fall 2022 Graduate | Fall 2022 Undergraduate

Fall 2022 Graduate Courses

The fall semester runs from August 22 through December 9. 

 Introduction to Practical Theology
 Instructor: Emily Jendzejec, Ph.D.
 Preliminary syllabus

Course Description

This initial course in ministry education introduces students to a process of “pastoral praxis” through a method that keeps theological reflection in constant dialogue with action. Students explore the interplay of the Christian tradition and the dynamics of living out that tradition through the sociocultural, personal, institutional, and natural world contexts of their ministries. The method of theological reflection draws on the best in Catholic biblical and theological traditions and is enriched by the introduction to and practice of Ignatian spirituality.

Two Options for Taking Introduction to Practical Theology

Introduction to Practical Theology LIM G703-W51 (online synchronous section on Zoom) / LIM G703-051 (on-campus synchronous section)
Hybrid Synchronous On-Campus and Online Course / Tuesdays 6:20 − 9:05 pm CDT
Instructor: Staff

If you are an online or on-campus student who would enjoy the richness of meeting together every Tuesday evening, please join Dr. Tom Ryan for this version of the class. If you are an online student who will join the class via Zoom each Tuesday, please register for LIM G703-W51. If you are an on-campus student who will attend the class on campus each Tuesday, please register for LIM G703-051.

Introduction to Practical Theology LIM G703-Y01 (online asynchronous section)
Asynchronous Online Course
Instructor: Staff

If you are an online student who prefers the flexibility afforded by asynchronous learning that allows you to complete the weekly assignments and discussions at your convenience, please register for LIM G703-Y01.


 The Jewish Roots of Christian Faith / LIM G711 Y01
 Instructor: George Rodriguez, Ph.D.
 Preliminary syllabus

This course introduces students to the literature, history, and theology of ancient Israel as embodied in the ancient Hebrew scriptures commonly known as the Old Testament. It examines the major themes of Exodus, promise-fulfillment, and covenant in Israel’s history from the time of the patriarchs to the period of late Second Temple Judaism, which was the context of Jesus’ life and teachings. In particular those texts, events, and beliefs of ancient Israel which form an indispensable background for understanding the New Testament are highlighted. This is a theological core course.


 Grace, Christ, and Spirit / LIM G714 Y01
  Instructor: Fr. Roy Shelly, Ph.D.
  Preliminary syllabus 

This course introduces students to the rich Christian tradition of theological reflection and teaching on the person of Jesus Christ, the Trinity, and grace, as well as the role of the Holy Spirit in Christian life. In the context of this tradition, students are invited to a deeper understanding of the meaning of salvation in their lives and in their ministry. Contemporary theologies of Christ and salvation are also explored, using Karl Rahner’s writings as an example of a modern theology of grace. This is a theological core course. 


 Foundations of Religious Education / LIM G837 Y01
 Instructor: Tracey Lamont, Ph.D.
 Preliminary syllabus

An exploration of the contextual roots of the field that includes the Christian theological tradition, family, church, and socio-cultural influences and responses, as well as creation itself. Through this model of contextual reflection, participants will trace the evolution of the theory and practice of religious education in its Christian expression with special attention to its contemporary Roman Catholic character and responsibilities in ecclesial and academic settings. This is a course in the Religious Education focus area.


 Parish Life and Ministry / LIM G844 Y01
 Instructor: Carol Holden, D.Min.
 Preliminary syllabus

The aim of this course is to help participants reflect on today’s experience of the parish in its many shapes and forms. Pastoral practice and canon law are used during the course as reference points for discussion of the pastoral and canonical issues raised by the student and the course content. This is one of two courses in the Pastoral Life and Administration focus area.


  Pastoral Leadership and Organization / LIM G861 Y01
  Instructor: Emily Jendzejec, Ph.D.
  Preliminary syllabus

This course explores the meaning of pastoral leadership in light of the current research in organizational development and ecclesiology. Current literature is surveyed in light of the mission of the church and the ecclesial vision of participants. Special emphasis is placed upon participative strategic planning processes and organizational development. Participants will analyze an organizational system for its strengths and weaknesses and propose interventions that would strengthen its organizational functioning. This course is required for the MPS / CPS degree.


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Fall 2022 Undergraduate Courses

 First Fall Session (August 22–October 20)


  Introduction to Ministry / RELM C300 YA1
  Instructor: Rick Beben, M.R.E.
  Preliminary syllabus

Taking a broad view of ministry, this course introduces the study and practice of Christian ministry, grounded in Scripture and the historical tradition and focused on the contemporary challenges and opportunities.


 Second Fall Session (October 24–December 15)


 Ethics for Ministers / RELM C334 YZ1
 Instructor: Stacy Wells, M.R.E.
  Preliminary syllabus

This course examines ethical conduct in ministry through an emphasis on Catholic ethics, personal spiritual formation, and formation of conscience that is foundational to one’s ethical life. Through a study of the biblical foundations of Christian ethics and ethical systems and their application, students will develop practical skills to address ethical issues and dilemmas they encounter in ministry. Through the development of a personal code of ethics, students will identify principles to guide their conduct in their lives and ministry. Through reflection on virtue ethics, students will practice ongoing spiritual formation that enriches and informs an ethical practice of ministry.



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