In addition to the Biblical and Catechetical School programs, the Lay Division of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary offers a number of other supplemental lecture programs. These courses do not have homework and tests, and they do not yield a certificate of completion. All of them are 30 weeks long and have the same tuition rate of $425 plus a $20 registration fee.
The first program is a one year introduction to Morality and Christian Anthropology, entitled, “The Art of Living: Mastering the Virtuous Life,” taught by Mr. Daniel Campbell. The overarching intent of the course is to examine what it means to think and act like a rational human being, and subsequently the same as it concerns the life of Christ in the soul for the grace-filled Catholic. The material will be taught in a manner accessible to all levels of student – no prior philosophical or theological training is necessary.
The second program is a one year introduction to Catholic Apologetics, entitled, “Apologetics for the New Evangelization: Practical Catholicism,” taught by Mr. John Labarbara. This class will explore the foundations for many of the important teachings of the Church by looking at the writings of the early Church Fathers, Vatican II, the magisterial documents and encyclicals since Vatican II, and the Scriptures. By attending this class you will discover the “why” behind several of the Catholic Church’s practices. This class is also a great way to learn basic apologetics so you can be equipped, in the words of St. Peter, to “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).
Our third program is a brand new! It is entitled, “Pilgrimage: A Journey Through Church History,” taught by Dr. Jared Staudt. This course explores the history of the Catholic Church by examining its major figures, events, and writings. The first semester of the course covers the years 33 through 476 and will examine the growth of the early Church, her martyrs, Councils, and great saints. The second semester covers the Fall of Rome to the Great Schism of 1054, with events such as the rise of monastic life, the conversion of the barbarians, the beginnings of Islam, and the growth of the new culture of Christendom. Some of the major figures covered include St. Benedict, St. Gregory the Great, St. Columban, and Charlemagne. Both parts will explore the expression of the Christian faith through art.
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