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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions for Summer Institute, 2017


P2300S Philosophical Ethics  (online course)  June 1-July 15

A study of major philosophical approaches to ethical matters, including the nature of ethical reasoning, a comparison of major ethical theories, and detailed case studies.  Herman Stark, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy


WEEK ONE:  JUNE 5-9, 2017

DC4100S Trinity and Mission

This course is an invitation for students to deepen their understanding of God the Trinity.  It offers a critical and constructive reflection on the nature of the Triune God—a plenitude of self-giving love—in ways that are relevant to the realities of our present world.  Br. Antonio Sison, CPpS, PhD,   Associate Professor of Systematic Theology.

G3001S Immigration, the Law and the Experience

This course will explore the “push/pull” factors of migration, the blessings, challenges, fears and obstacles of welcoming the stranger in our globalized, interdependent world. Through the eyes of faith, Sacred Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, international human rights law, US policies and experience, how can/should we welcome the stranger?   Bernadine Karge, OP, JD, Chicago Immigration Attorney

W4019S Canonical Issues in Pastoral Ministry

This course will examine laws of the Church as they pertain to pastoral ministry in the parish setting.  It will focus on the nature of law in the Church, the notion of parish, Christian Initiation and other sacraments, particularly marriage.   Msgr. Patrick Lagges, JCD, PhD

B4026S Pentateuch

Emphasizing the biblical material itself, this course will focus on the creation narratives, ancestral history, exodus, Sinai and wilderness traditions in light of their importance for ancient Israelite religion and theology and for contemporary significance.  James Okoye, CSSp, DPhil, Director of Center for Spiritan Studies, Duquesne University

C4013S Interculturalism:  A Response to God’s Love

Moving from the concept of “multiculturalism” to “interculturalism” in today’s global society is demanding.  Being intercultural has provided a new frontier for dialogue about color, race and diversity.  Interculturalism  demands and promotes engagement and interaction between cultures by citizens of the world and especially by people of faith.  This course will rely on the statement by the United States Bishops Committee on cultural diversity in the Church.  Rudy Vela, SM, DMin.  St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, TX.

W4020S The Revised Rite of Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage will be explored in historical, theological and liturgical context.  Fr. Richard Fragomeni, PhD,  Professor of Liturgy and Preaching at CTU;  Rector at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Chicago.

B4031S The Gospel of Mark

A  study of Mark’s Gospel, the first of the written Gospels.   Mark is the primary Gospel of the B Cycle of Sunday readings.  Donald Senior, CP,  STD, President Emeritus, Chancellor, Professor of New Testament Studies.


WEEK TWO:  June 12-16, 2017

B4037S The Letter to the Romans, Paul’s Lasting Legacy

A Study of Paul’s Letter to the Church at Rome, including historical and literary background leading to its meaning and message.  Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, PhD.  Professor Emerita at CTU and at TCU.  ` Provincial Archivist, Society of the Sacred Heart.

C4014SA Introduction to Black Church Studies  (first of two weeks)

Scholars of the African American experience have located the black church as the cultural, social, and political womb of the black community.  This course will be an introduction and overview of this very rich experience.   Diana Hayes, JD, PhD, STD,  Professor Emerita, Georgetown University.

W4033S Singing the Threshold:  Music and the RCIA

This course will examine in depth the ritual moments of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, exploring the role music can play in engaging the participation of assembly and catechumens.  Through a study of the major ritual moments of the RCIA  (Rite of Acceptance, Rite of Election, and the Easter Vigil) participants will explore theology, available repertoire, and musical praxis for these key moments in the life of the parish.   Jennifer Budziak, DMA, Director of Music, Old St. Patrick’s Church, Chicago.

W4205C Lay Leadership of Prayer and Preaching 

(please note that this course is only open to those pre-registered to complete their requirements for CTU degree)

B4038S Isaiah

This course will focus on the book of the Prophet Isaiah:  its  historical context, its literary format, and the meaning/message for the time and for today.  Luma Khudher, OP, PhD, Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Iraq.

DC4100S Trinity and Mission

Please see description given in first week.

C4014S Islam and Muslims in a Time of Islamophobia:  A Catholic (Christian) Response

In 1965, the Second Vatican Council proclaimed the Church’s “esteem” for Muslims and urged cooperation for the common good between Catholics and Muslims.  In 2016, Pope Francis said: “I do not think it is right to identify Islam with violence.  This is not right and it is not true.”  Yet, a recent Georgetown University study reveals that U.S. Catholics who read Catholic publications on Islam harbor more anti-Muslim bias than those who do not.  This course will attempt to identify the structures of Islamophobia—especially in our Church—and how we can live more fully into our baptismal commitment by resisting and transforming these structures. Scott Alexander, PhD, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Director of Catholic-Muslim Studies Program, CTU.

B4039S The Bible for Ministry

This is a practical course on using the Bible in ministry settings:  Parish Bible Study, Lectionary-based Catechesis in RCIA,  Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and  in Retreat settings.  Resources will be reviewed and evaluated.  Sallie Latkovich, CSJ DMin.  Adjunct Professor, Director of Bible Study and Travel, Continuing Ed Program Director.

G3002S Wise and Holy Women and a  Few Good Men

This course will look at contemporary issues and concerns of our church and world through the lives of women throughout church history.  Using his own paintings, Brother Mickey will highlight the many ways in which women have been living and preaching the Good News from Bethlehem to Calvary.  Some of these women include:  Mary and Elizabeth, Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux.  The last portion of each class will be devoted to creative activity. Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS, Visual Artist, Author.

W4030S The Anointing of the Sick

This course will explore the Sacrament of Anointing in historical, theological and liturgical contexts.  Fr. Richard Fragomeni, PhD, Professor of Liturgy and Preaching at CTU,  Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Chicago.

BC4001S Jewish-Christian Dialogue

This course will explore the topic of Jewish-Christian dialogue in modern times including a study of key documents pertaining to Jewish-Christian dialogue as well as key turning points that are central to the history of such dialogue.  We will also consider the horizons that lie ahead for Jewish-Christian relations, and techniques to keep in mind when practicing inter-faith dialogue. Malka Simkovich, PhD, Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies, CTU.


WEEK THREE:  June 19-23, 2017

B4040S Faith and Grace in the Letter to the Galatians

A study of Paul’s letter to the Church at Galatia, including its historical and literary background, leading to its meaning and message.    Ferdinand Okorie, CMF, PhD Cand., lecturer at Loyola University, Chicago.

C4015S At the Intersection of Race and Culture:  Living Faith in Latino/a and Latin American Contexts

This course will explore ways in which Latin Americans and Lainas/os conceive, live, and express their faith in God in relational to their ethnoracial and cultural background.  Drawing on key historical moments in Latin America and among Latinas/os, emphasis will be given to sociopolitical context as key factor in shaping people’s faith experiences.  The goal will be to gain insight into the main ideas, specific methodologies, key authors and their relevance for ministry and the task of theology.  Nestor Medina, PhD, lecturer, Toronto School of Theology.

C4014SB Introduction to Black Church Studies  (second of two weeks)

Please see description given in the second week.

FP4001S Theology of Ministry

One’s understanding of God and the Church are basic to ministerial outreach.  This course will highlight the fundamental theology and ecclesiology that give rise to ministry.  Thomas O’Meara, OP, PhD,  Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame.

W4034S Building Effective and Engaging Religious Education in Parishes and Schools

The course explores creative and effective programs which are rooted both in theology and the social sciences.  The daily topics are designed to be of practical assistance to pastors, principals, religious education directors, catechists, and teachers as they evangelize and share best practice.    Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, OP, Former Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Instructional Assistant Faculty at DePaul University, Chicago.

C4016S Black Catholic Lay Movements

This course examines how and why Black Catholic laity from colonial times to the present have been the primary creators of Catholic organizations and institutions that have served religious, social, cultural, political and educational needs of Black Catholics.  Included will be: Black Catholic sodalities in the New World, antebellum Black Catholic women, Daniel Rudd, the Knights of Peter Claver, Dr. Thomas Wyatt Turner, and Black Catholic initiatives in the 20th and 21st Centuries.  Cecilia Moore, PhD.  Associate Professor, Dayton University.

D5101S God and the Mystery of Human Suffering

This course will survey and discuss the ways in which the Christian tradition has addressed the mystery of human suffering.  Robin Ryan, CP. PhD,  Associate Professor of Systematic Theology.

D4011S Rahner on Spirituality

This course will explore Rahner’s thoughts on human existence, grace, God, Christ and the Church with discussion of ways Rahner can help one to grow spiritually.  Readings will be taken from hhis book:  THE GREAT CHURCH YEAR.  Fr. James Bacik, DPhil, Adjunct Professor of Humanities, University of Toledo.

S4027S Spirituality of Thomas Merton for Today, on Racism, Violence and Justice

The focus of this course is to examine the texts of Merton that are not often engaged and yet remain prophetic and timely today.  Daniel Horan, OFM PhD.  Visiting Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, CTU.

MP4017S Global Leadership in Campus Ministry

Campus ministry, as the Church on campus, prepares students, faculty and staff for active participation in both Church and Society.  We are most effective when we commit to this vision on both a local and global context.  Pope Francis encourages us by reminding us that we are all brothers and sisters.  This course will explore the opportunities and challenges in preparing new and effective approaches for our ministry sites.   Eddie DeLeon, CMF, DMin.  Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Director of Intercultural Outreach at CTU.   Former Campus Minister at Yale University.


To register for Summer Institute classes, and to view a full list of course offerings, please visit or contact:

Sallie Latkovich, CSJ
Director of Summer Institute
Phone: 773.371.5436