St. John Vianney Seminary Lay Division

About our Supplemental Lecture Programs

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 require homework or tests, and do not yield a certificate of completion. The classes below that run for 30 weeks utilize our regular 2017-2018 Academic Calendar.

The Art of Living: Mastering the Virtuous Life
Cost: $425, plus a $20 registration fee
This program is a one-year (30 weeks) introduction to Morality and Christian Anthropology, developed and 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 is taught in a manner accessible to all levels of student – no prior philosophical or theological training is necessary.

Apologetics for the New Evangeliazation: Practical Catholicism
Cost: $425, plus a $20 registration fee
This program is a one-year (30 weeks) introduction to Catholic Apologetics, taught by Mr. John LaBarbara. This class explores 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. In this class, you’ll discover the “why” behind many 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).

Pilgrimage: A Journey Through Church History
Cost: $425, plus a $20 registration fee
This one-year (30 weeks) program, taught by Dr. Jared Staudt, 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 A.D. through the Great Schism of 1054 and will examine the growth of the early Church, her martyrs, Councils, the rise of monastic life, the conversion of the barbarians, the beginnings of Islam, and the growth of the new culture of Christendom. The second semester covers the Middle Ages to the present and looks at the Crusades, new religious orders, the Reformation, missionary expansion, modern revolutions, and the Second Vatican Council. Both semesters will explore the expression of the Christian faith through art.

The 5th Gospel: A Study of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Cost: $150
This 12-week class is our newest offering, taught by Mrs. Deb Holiday. St. Jerome tells us the Book of Isaiah “contains all the mysteries of our Lord.” From the prophecy of the Virgin who will bear a son whose name will be Emmanuel, to the Suffering Servant, to the coming of Christ in glory and the new heavens and earth, Isaiah provides a door through which we enter into the mystery of God’s saving plan. This 12-week program runs Tuesday evenings at Bonfils Hall at the JPII Center, January 9, 2018 through April 24, 2018. For more information and to register, click HERE.

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