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Pastoral Theology


PATH 802 Pastoral Counseling (3)
The course will establish a perspective of the priest to psychology, consider the limitations of modern psychology, and highlight the advantages of the church’s vision of reality and its benefit to mental health. We will then consider the nature of rational psychology and put it into practical aspects of pastoral counseling. Required for the S.T.B. and M.Div. degree programs.

Elective Courses

PATH 901-904 Topics in Pastoral Theology (2)
This course can be taken for credit more than once as long as the topic studied varies. Topics to be considered include marriage lectionary, military chaplaincy, catechetics, youth ministry, ministry to the sick dying, and bereaved, campus ministry, apologetics. These electives may be cross-listed with other departments. Recent offerings have included: Strategies in the Formation of Laity (spring 2011).

PATH 905 Directed Readings in Pastoral Theology (2)
Students may propose a credit bearing project under the direction of any faculty member. Such projects may be suggested by a particular pastoral focus, the pastoral placement, a language/cultural immersion program, a particular workshop, or a formation seminar. Proposals for such a course follow the standard procedure for independent study courses. This course can be taken for credit more than once as long as the topic studied varies.

PATH 906 Hispanic Ministry (3)
A study of Hispanic ministry in the United States today: various issues and perspectives, challenges, and options facing the church as Hispanic ministry continues to develop in the United States. This course is required for the Hispanic Ministry Certificate.

PATH 907 Spiritual Direction (2)

PATH 910 Pastoral Theology (3)
An investigation of official church teachings regarding pastoral theology and pastoral ministry, as well as key theological texts on the pastoral activities of priests and laity. Students will also explore the biblical theology, key historical writings and the example of the saints to come to understand the normative as well as speculative Catholic pastoral theology.

The course is aimed at assisting the future priest to obtain an understanding of the purpose of spiritual direction, its structure and elements of techniques (based on the Theological and Moral virtues) for use in his future parish ministry. Enrollment usually limited to fourth theologians. Cross-listed as SPIR 907.

The course is aimed at assisting the future priest to obtain an understanding of the purpose of spiritual direction, its structure and elements of techniques (based on the Theological and Moral virtues) for use in his future parish ministry. Enrollment usually limited to fourth theologians. Cross-listed as SPIR 907.

PATH 911 Military Chaplaincy (2)
An exploration of the Roman Catholic military chaplaincy - from its historic roots to current day practice. Recommended for co-sponsored seminarians in all branches of military service.

PATH 912 History of the Church in Latin America (3)
A study of Latin American church history from colonial times to the present day. Emphasis is given to contemporary issues such as liberation theology, basic Christian communities, shortages of priests, growth of lay leadership, and the Medellín, Puebla and Santo Domingo Conferences. May fulfill a requirement for the Hispanic Ministry Certificate. Cross-listed as CHUR 912.

PATH 913 Hispanics and the Church in the USA (3)
A study of the importance of the Hispanic factor in the church in the United States. Emphasis is given to the richness of the Hispanic cultures, past and new movements of immigration, and the manner in which the church is attempting to meet Hispanic needs. May fulfill a requirement for the Hispanic Ministry Certificate. Cross-listed as CHUR 913.

PATH 917 Pastoral Theology of Youth Ministry (2)
Evangelization and pastoral care of the youth and young adults requires specialized training for Parish Priests. While instincts and natural inclination to serve young people in the church and in the modern world may come naturally for some ministers, there are techniques based on sound Catholic Theology that can provide all future priest an opportunity to grow in knowledge an confidence in this much needed field of pastoral activity. Church Documents, emphasis on authentic spiritual conversion, scriptural references, as well as best pastoral practices will be offered to seminarians as a way to encourage and strengthen their resolve in serving a sector of society that seeks guidance, direction, and care from a loving shepherd.

 
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