St. John Vianney Seminary Lay Division

About our Supplemental Courses

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 courses. These courses do not require homework or tests, and do not yield a certificate of completion. All these classes run for 30 weeks and utilize our regular 2017-2018 Academic Calendar. Other shorter, semester length classes are not regularly offered and will be posted whenever their schedules are finalized.

Click here to view the full list of 2018-2019 class locations with their information sessions.

The Art of Living: Mastering the Virtuous Life
Cost: $425, plus a $20 registration fee
This is an 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 is an 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 is an introduction to Catholic Church History, taught by Dr. Jared Staudt. It 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.

Dante’s Divine Comedy: A User’s Guide to Salvation
Cost: $425, plus a $20 registration fee
This is a brand new class offered for the first time in the fall of 2018! It will teach the student to read the Divine Comedy as Dante intended us to, as a work of practical literature for Christians striving to be more Christ-like: literally a guide to salvation. We will follow Dante’s footsteps and see how pride and selfishness create chaos on Earth and lead to Hell (Inferno), how the human soul purifies itself by learning to desire and to love rightly (Purgatorio), and how our journey ultimately leads us back to our origin in the shared vision of our Creator (Paradiso). Lectures will focus on Dante’s portrayal of human desires and the consequences for good and ill of our daily choices.

Above all, the class will examine a Catholic poet and his Catholic poem. The beauty of Dante’s poetry, the uncanny realism of his psychology, his awesome descriptive powers are always in the service of his ultimate purpose: demonstrating Truth as revealed in the lived experiences of the souls he encounters in Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Divine Comedy is a call to conversion that demands a response from its audience– this response will be the focus of our discussions. Let us use Dante as a lens to examine our daily choices and life-long aspirations.


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