Institute Theme: Pope Francis The Joy of the Gospel
Session I: June 1 - June 6, 2014
Sunday Evening Lecture: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Jesus and the Culture of Encounter: A Case Study
Dr. Timothy Carmody
Lecture is free and open to the public and is a requirement for participants in SPT531. Hosted in the Gautrelet Room, Lucey Administration Center.
Afternoon: Monday - Friday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
SPT565/465 – (Historical / Pastoral) – 1 credit hour
Sources of Pope Francis' Spirituality
Dr. Matthew Baugh, S.J.
A few key words have emerged as defining features of Pope Francis’ vision of Christian discipleship: poverty, dialogue, discernment, frontiers, and mercy. These are hallmarks of a spirituality distinctively his own, but which weaves together the contributions of some of the Church’s greatest figures. In this course, we will read and discuss not only the homilies and other public addresses where Francis lays out his vision, but also excerpts from some of the principal sources of his spirituality: writings of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius Loyola, Blessed Peter Faber, and his favorite theologian, the French Jesuit Henri de Lubac. We do so in the spirit of ressourcement—a “return to the sources”—in order to encounter for ourselves the ideas and people that have proved so important in his own Christian formation.
Evening: Monday - Thursday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
SPT531/431 – (Biblical) – 1 credit hour
Jesus and the Culture of Encounter
Dr. Timothy Carmody
“Culture of encounter” is a repeated phrase used by Pope Francis, which could be described as the openness to meeting people exactly where they are (in their beliefs, their culture and their needs). Pope Francis says, “If we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good.” This course will look at how Pope Francis uses this phrase and how he uses the parables and healings of Jesus to exemplify what he means. We will then examine a number of these parables of Jesus and gospel stories about Jesus to discover Jesus’ life and message of openness to others. We will conclude by asking why this phrase is so important for Francis’ message to the world today.
SPT525/425 & SPT526/426 - (Pastoral / Historical) - 1 credit hour each
Prayer & Discernment I & II
Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J.
Both prayer and discernment play a central role in the spirituality of St. Ignatius, especially in the dynamics of The Spiritual Exercises. This course will examine the theology of prayer and the practice and theory of discernment as they have developed in the Christian tradition over the centuries. Part I will be offered during the five days of class and focus primarily on prayer. Part II will focus primarily on discernment and be offered online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course any time before the end of July.
Session II: June 8-13, 2014
Sunday Evening Lecture - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gerard Manley Hopkins: Jesuit Poet
Rev. Jamye Stayer, S.J.
Lecture is free and open to the public and is a requirement for participants in SPT582. Hosted in the Gautrelet Room, Lucey Administration Center.
Afternoon: Monday - Friday, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
SPT553/453 – (Moral) – 1 - 3 credit hours
The Joy of the Gospel: The Social Dimension of Evangelization
Dr. Matthew Bagot
In this course, we will focus on chapter four--The Social Dimension of Evangelization--of Pope Francis' recent exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel. First, we will examine the two "great issues" that Francis presents as both fundamental at this time in history and likely to shape the future of humanity: (1) the inclusion of the poor in society; and (2) peace and social dialogue. We will then explore how Francis' teachings on these issues may be considered as part of the broader tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
Variable credit option. Students must earn the first credit during the Institute in the classroom. Credits two and three will offered online following the classroom-based course.
Evening: Monday -Thursday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
SPT582/482 - (Historical / Pastoral) - 1 credit hour
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Rev. Jayme Stayer, S.J.
If you have ever read a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. and thought: “that was weirdly beautiful, but it makes no sense,” then this is the course for you. We will consider Hopkins’ poetry in the context of his life, personal struggles, and Jesuit spirituality. This course requires no specialized knowledge of poetic terminology or form. It will be pitched at generally educated readers rather than English teachers, so your life-long avoidance of poetry can end this June.
SPT551/451 & 552/452 (Pastoral / Historical) – 1 credit hour each
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius I & II
Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J.
A manual for directors rather than a book to be read, The Spiritual Exercises emerged out of St. Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience of conversion and have subsequently had a major impact on modern spirituality. Part I will be offered during the five days of class and focus on the conversion and life of Ignatius. Part II will focus on the structure and dynamics of the Exercises and will be offered online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course any time before the end of July.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or (251) 380-4458
(New students taking courses for credit must apply for admission prior to registering)
Students admitted to the College in a degree-seeking program can register online through Badgerweb after requesting registration clearance from their advisor.