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  • In the Nicene Creed, which we recite at Mass each Sunday, we profess our belief in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.  This course will examine the origin, purpose, nature and mission of the Catholic Church.  Participants will focus on the doctrine of the Church presented by the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar Magisterium.

  • Based on Scripture and theological principles this course will focus on our call to holiness. It will explore the teachings of the Church on freedom and moral decision making, human sexuality, social justice and the applications of Christian morality to current issues, such as: human life and death, genetic experimentation, war and peace, care of the earth, etc. Participants will be challenged to think globally and act locally.

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  • The Pastoral Leadership Portal (PLP) gathers into one site information resources for the parish pastor and priest. Although the site is primarily for priests serving in the Archdiocese of Chicago, others may find the information and links useful. 

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  • 2011 CADEIO Institute 
    on Interreligious Leadership

  • Search topics of Library databases, Web content, or catalog for Frequently Asked Questions, demonstrations, user guides, or other helpful information. 

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  • This is a guide to finding information and resources about the New Testament.

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  • This is a guide to resources for researching the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), which intended "to set forth authentic doctrine on divine revelation and how it is handed on..." 1

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  • This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the rites and practices of the non-Roman Western Christian traditions (Anglican and other select Protestant communities) and to the liturgy as celebrated by Eastern Christian churches (both Catholic and Orthodox).  The origin and historical development of these traditions is considered.  Particular attention is given both to distinctive theological themes within these rites and to the manner in which the renewal of Western Catholic liturgy is occurring today as a result of contact with the theology and practice of the Christian East.

  • This course examines the ethical theories of eight influential philosophers in the Western tradition: Aristotle, Epictetus, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Mill, Sartre, and Camus. Students will read excerpts of primary sources, along with some secondary source material. By the end of the course, students will be able to summarize and critically engage the various schools of thought typified by each philosopher. Such knowledge will prove invaluable for the historical study of theology, which developed in part as a response to these philosophical currents. It will also shed light on the diversity of moral beliefs present in our contemporary milieu, equipping future priests with the requisite knowledge to become new evangelizers in a world desperately in search of meaning.

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  • This course examines sexuality, marriage, and family from the perspective of Catholic morality.  God’s nature as Trinitarian love, the person as imago dei, the intrinsic goodness of the human body (attested to by both Incarnation and Resurrection), the human vocation as self-gift, the grace of baptism, and marriage as an indissoluble spiritual sign of the union between Christ and his church, all instantiate the redemptive possibility of sex as a true language of love.  At the same time, the wounds of original sin, the dividedness of the human will, and various “structures of sin” pervading modern culture instantiate the possible misuse of sex to objectify, degrade, and abuse both self and others.  After clarifying the Church’s understanding of the problem and her recommended solutions, students in the course will participate in mock practice conversations with parishioners on the following topics:  marriage and family life, adultery, fornication, homosexual acts, pornography, masturbation, contraception, and natural family planning.

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  • A comprehensive introduction to sacramental theology and to the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, with a particular focus on their historical development and the theological and ecclesiological issues that have framed the Church’s celebration of these rites.

  • Theological Research and Composition is a basic course introducing students to theological reading, composition and research skills.

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  • MT 517 (Social Justice): This course explores the dignity of the human person and its practical implications for human life in society. Topics to be discussed include: war and peace, poverty and wealth, private property and the free market, the challenges of international development, stewardship of the environment, racism, domestic and community violence, and the life issues of abortion and capital punishment. MT 508 (Virtue Theory): The purpose of this course is to deepen students’ understanding of the foundations of Catholic moral theology, by exploring the scriptural foundations of moral theology and virtue as a path to holiness. Particular emphasis will be given to the virtue theory of St. Thomas Aquinas.
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  • The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions. CCC 1131

    Through the Church's liturgical and sacramental life the paschal mystery is made present in the lives of the faithful. This course provides background skills necessary in the preparation of deacons for liturgical celebrations, discusses current liturgical issues, and encourages the development of liturgical spirituality.

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  • This course is an graduate level introduction to Spiritual Theolgy in the Catholic tradtion.

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  • This course explores the theology of Holy Orders. 

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  • This class deals with the basic principles of liturgical chant: an elementary examination of the musical notation, pitch and chant forms are introduced. The course focuses on vocal production and technique, pitch-matching skills, and unison singing in a pleasant voice. The basics of music theory and the fundamentals of Gregorian chant will be introduced. Preparation is made for the chanting of the liturgical texts proper to the deacon and priest during the celebration of the Mass and other sacramental rites.

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