Saint John the Evangelist Seminary

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Est. 2006





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Outline of Courses


† Denotes Required Courses

Introductory and Supporting Courses

ISC 500: Introduction to Religious Philosophy (3CH) †
A course designed to introduce the student to philosophical work. It will guide the student into an initial, basic familiarization with the philosophical approach, terminology and methodology. It will also begin introducing the student to the history of philosophy and its central issues. This course will introduce Theodicy in keeping with the Catholic philosophical tradition and contemporary reflection (Metaphysics, Philosophical Anthropology and Epistemology) and includes reflection on the ways to discover God through philosophical discourse, and on the language about God. The relationship between art and religion is explored.  Syllabus

ISC 501: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (3CH)
A survey study designed to introduce the major philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and their influence on early Christian and medieval thought.  Syllabus

ISC 503: Introduction to Modern Philosophy (3CH)
A survey study of the development of philosophical thought in the 19th and 20th Centuries.  Syllabus

Scripture Courses

SC 500: Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures (3CH) †
Introduction to Divine Revelation in Sacred Scripture. After presenting the topic of inspiration, the course will introduce various methods of studying scripture, with an emphasis on the historical-critical method. Applying the historical-critical method, the students will conduct a brief overview of the Old Testament: the Pentateuch, the Prophets, Psalms & Wisdom Literature, and the Historical Books. Syllabus

SC 501: Introduction to the New Testament (3CH) †
Introduction to scriptural studies of the New Testament. After presenting various methods of studying scripture, emphasizing the historical-critical method, the class will give a brief overview of the books of the New Testament. This will include the Synoptic Gospels, The writings of John, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Writings, other Epistles and Pastoral Writings.  Syllabus

SC 502: Synoptic Gospels (3CH) †
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Since the 1780s the first three books of the New Testament have been called the Synoptic Gospels because they are so similar in structure, content, and wording that they can easily be set side by side to provide a synoptic comparison of their content. (The Gospel of John has a different arrangement and offers a somewhat different perspective on Christ.) The striking similarities between the first three Gospels prompt questions regarding the actual literary relationship that exists between them.  Syllabus

SC 503: Acts (3CH) †
An exegetical study focusing on the biblical theology of the book, the historical background of events and the theological emphasis of the speeches. Syllabus

SC 504: Johannine Literature (3CH) †
The Gospel of John, the Johannine letters, and the Revelation of John are considered both against the background of first century history and their theological relevance in our time; emphasis on major Johannine themes and, in the case of Revelation, the apocalyptic movement in general. Syllabus

SC 505: Pauline Literature (3CH) †
Approximately one third of the New Testament consists of letters, or epistles, written by the apostle Paul and addressed to the Christian churches of his day. Because these letters are older than any of the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, they constitute the most reliable source that we have today for information concerning the early history of the Christian movement. With few exceptions, these letters were written in response to conditions that existed in the particular churches with which Paul was associated. Not until some time passed after Paul's death were these letters circulated among the churches and read along with the Old Testament Scriptures as a part of regular worship services. Still later, they came to be regarded as inspired writings comparable to the sacred Scriptures of Judaism.  Syllabus

Church History Courses 

HST 500: Patristic Church (3CH) †
Branch of theological study of the most prominent writings of the pastors and theologians of the Church from the end of the Apostolic period until the beginning of the Medieval period. The time span of the Patristic period is generally considered to be about AD 100 (after the death of John, the last living apostle) until about AD 604 (when Gregory the Great died after serving in the the bishopric of Rome, in a life of ministry that tended to lock into place the basic elements of the Medieval Church, including the consolidation of ecclesiastical power in the church of Rome, and the ascendancy of the Roman bishop, who would come to be called the “pope”).  Syllabus

HST 501: Christian Doctrine and Traditions (3CH)
A survey of the Christian Tradition from its Jewish Origins to the Present, with attention to the major events and councils that shaped Christian history—focus on Creeds.  Syllabus

HST 502: Autocephalous Catholic Movement (3CH) †
A historical study of the Autocephalous Catholic Movement focusing on the generic development of jurisdictions, shared and unique characteristics and the matter of historic apostolic succession. This course will also focus on the particular history of student's own jurisdiction.  Syllabus

HST 503: The Vocation of Bishop Costa (2CH) †
History of the Life and Vocation of Bishop Carlos Duarte Costa. Syllabus

Systematic Theology 

ST 500: Fundamental Theology & Biblical Hermeneutics (3CH) †
An introduction to inductive Bible study involving the steps of observation, interpretation (hermeneutics), application, and correlation.  Syllabus

ST 512: Christology & Soteriology (3CH)  †
A biblical, historical, and systematic consideration of the major questions concerning the Incarnation and Redemption. Syllabus

ST 513:  Ecclesiology  (3CH) †  Syllabus

ST 514: Ecumenism (3CH)
An overview of the denominational traditions within the Christian Church and an introduction to interfaith dialogue.  Syllabus

ST 515: Theological Anthropology (3CH) †
Exploration from a perspective of the mystery of human existence. Examination of the structure of human being: self-transcendence, finitude, freedom, destiny, relatedness, autonomy, growth and history to the horizons which shape human life, the roots of the religion, grace and sin.  Syllabus

ST 516:  Creation & Eschatology  (3CH) †  Syllabus

ST 517: World Religions (2CH)
Introduction to the beliefs and practices of the world’s living religious traditions.  Syllabus

ST 518: Mariology (2CH)
An introduction to the development of Marian beliefs, devotions, practices, and representations.  Syllabus

Liturgical & Sacramental Theology

LST 500: Liturgical and Sacramental Theology (2CH) †
The Historical Development of Liturgical Doctrine and Theology with the creation of Liturgical Books and its application and adaptation within the Autocephalous Catholic Churches.  Syllabus

LST 501: Liturgy of the Hours (2CH) †
Common to all Christian liturgical celebration rather than features specific to particular sacramental rites of the Church. After a consideration of what makes certain forms of prayer liturgical, the course will examine daily prayer in the Christian tradition (Liturgy of the Hours, Divine Office), the essential components of Christian liturgical prayer (e.g., Word, assembly, ritual, and doxology), and the connections between liturgical and devotional forms of prayer. Syllabus

LST 502: Baptism and Confirmation (2CH)  †
The course focuses on Baptism and Confirmation from a historical, liturgical, theological and pastoral perspective.

LST 503: Eucharist (2CH)  †
An introduction to the history, theology and celebration of the Eucharist. Syllabus

LST 504: Marriage and Holy Orders  †
This course introduces students to the history, liturgical celebration, and current issues surrounding the sacraments of marriage and holy orders.  Syllabus

LST 505:  Penance, Anointing and Christian Burial  (2CH) †  Syllabus

LST 506: Liturgical Music (2CH)
A study of the application of music within liturgical celebration.

Moral Theology 

MT 501: Fundamental Moral Theology (3CH) †
The foundational principles of moral theology, centering on the pattern of Christian living based upon the Gospel call to follow Christ.  Syllabus

MT 502: Ethics (3CR)
Changing clergy identity, roles, and responsibilities will be addressed in relation to a range of ethical issues faced in congregational life and ministry, including confidentiality, clergy misconduct, and collegiality with professional peers, and the ethics of preaching, counseling, and social witness.  Syllabus

MT 503: Marriage, Family and Human Sexuality (3CH) †
The issues of the current social changes facing families with particular emphasis on the intersection of families and other social and religious institutions.  Syllabus

MT 504: Cultural Diversity (3CH) 
Study of diverse cultures, family structure, roles, immigration and assimilation experiences of marginalized groups. Syllabus

MT 505: Social Justice and Peace  (3CH)
The study of justice issues that currently exist in our global community, provide students with opportunities to learn how the Catholic faith calls us to respond. Syllabus

Canon Law

CL 500: Introduction to Canon Law (3CH) †
Historical survey of the rise of laws in the governance of the Church and the philosophical foundations for their need.  Syllabus

CL 501: Canon Law of the Church (3CH) †
This course will focus on the Canon Law of the student's jurisdiction.

Pastoral Studies

PS 500:  Pastoral Theology   (2CH) †  Syllabus

PS 501:  Homiletics  (2CH) † Syllabus

PS 502: Pastoral Counseling (2CH) †
An introduction to the basic counseling skills needed in pastoral ministry. Syllabus

PS 503: Strategic Resource Development & Parish Management (2CH)  †
The development of three key resources in church ministry: people, finances, and space. Students will review various strategies to enable parishioners to discover, develop, and utilize God-given gifts. Issues in fundraising, financial proposals, and budget presentations will be discussed. Space allocation and utilization will be integrated into master planning and design strategies.  Syllabus

PS 504: Human Relations and Interpersonal Skills (2CH)
Focusing on the basic skills of professional communications necessary for effective and welcoming interaction.  Syllabus

PS 505: Public Relation and Media Skills (2CH)  †
The pastoral interaction with the print and television media.  Syllabus

PS 506: Informational Technology in the Pastoral Setting (1CH)  †
Application of IT and social media within the pastoral setting.  Syllabus

PS 507: Pastoral Interaction with the Political Community  (1CH) 
Skills in pastoral dialogue with the political community and governmental agencies.  Syllabus

Liturgical Practicum

LP 500:  Liturgical Formation 1  (1CH) †

LP 501:  Minor Orders  (1CH) †  Syllabus

LP 502:  Liturgy of the Hours Practicum  (1CH) †

LP 503:  Deacon Practicum  (1CH) †

LP 504:  Priest Practicum  (1CH) †

Human, Spiritual, & Pastoral Formation 

HSP 500: Spiritual Life of a Priest (2CH) †
Based upon the work of the  Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests in PRESBYTERORUM ORDINIS by Paul VI.  Syllabus

HSP 502: Priestly Ethics (2CH)  †
A theological framework for ethical pastoral conduct will be developed with attention to issues of power and professionalism and their limits.   Syllabus

HSP 503: Contemporary Pastoral Issues (2CH)
A leadership course designed for those who intend to be future leaders in ministry.  Syllabus

Independent Guided Study

IGS 500:  Independent Guided Study  (3CR)
An option to fulfill elective credit through a research or independent study project for M. Div candidates.

IGS 501:  Independent Guided Study  (3CR)
An option to fulfill elective credit through a research or independent study project for M. Div candidates.

For information about a IGS option see IGS


88     Required Credit Hours
12     Elective Credit Hours

100   Hours Required for Masters of Divinity



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