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The sacraments of initiation. Their biblical roots and their historical and theological development in the Christian Church. Contemporary revisions, pastoral applications and ecumenical consideration.
- Teacher: Rev. Stephen Hero
The New Testament as a source for religious education. The formation and transmission of the New Testament. A study of the Christology and Christian discipleship of the Gospels and the Pauline Epistles.
This graduate level course’s primary aim is to introduce students to the New Testament. During the course students will endeavour: To reflect on the early Christian community’s experience of the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. To examine the formation of the New Testament Tradition: biblical inspiration, transmission of texts, translations, canonicity and hermeneutics; Provide the geographical, social, cultural, and historical contexts from which the NT texts emerged. Identify and explore some key theological themes of the New Testament; Examine sample texts under the following categories: author(s), structure, literary genre, exegesis, theological meaning and significance for contemporary biblical scholarship, faith and culture; Develop skills for exegesis and integration in the context of Catholic Religious Education.
- Instructor: Fr. Geoffrey Young
This course considers the Canonical Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Initial considerations of the historical backdrops to these gospels lead to a closer examination of the literature. Both gospels are read in their entirety, with particular attention given to their Christology, Pneumatology, Discipleship, Ecclesiology, Missiology, Eschatology, and overall theological perspectives within and in relation to the Canon of Scripture.
The seminar component of this course invites students to investigate, at a level pertinent to their program of study, questions arising from a consideration of the interrelationship between the two gospels.
- Teacher: Dr. Stéphane Saulnier
The basic responsibilities, skills and attitudes of ministry today, particularly in the parish context. These include: understanding the parish reality today and its pastoring; working with Parish Councils and Finance Committees; sacramental preparation; collaborative ministry and team building; conflict resolution; spirituality for today's ministry; pastoral approaches to today’s youth; self-care for ministers; and some other practical issues for today’s effective ministry in parishes.
- Teacher: Rev. Shayne Craig