Immaculata Schedules Theology Courses for the Fall

Immaculata University, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, announces a religion certificate program designed for diocesan teachers, catechists, and liturgists. In addition to its regular three-credit theology offerings, Immaculata is providing one-credit academic courses that may be used to satisfy the diocesan requirements of Theology electives from a Catholic college. Also available are workshops that equal 1.5 archdiocesan credits. These educational opportunities are designed for teachers who are seeking their Professional Religion Certificate from the Office of Religious Education.
The following one-credit courses are being offered this fall. Cost for each course is $355 for one credit, $30 for diocesan teachers, catechists, and liturgists. These courses can also be taken as non-credit workshops for $170.
THE DIALOGUE OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION. The disciplines of science and religion often are depicted as being in tension. News accounts highlight the battles of Darwinism versus Creationism and Evolution versus Intelligent Design. This course seeks to show that this tension need not exist and that these disciplines are and have always been in dialogue with one another. Henry Poce will lead this class on Saturdays, September 16 and 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
FORGIVENESS: THE BEST REVENGE. This course explores the theological, biblical, and pastoral aspects of mercy and forgiveness. It includes an in-depth analysis of Luke 15 and Psalm 51. Students discuss the process of forgiveness and its place in the lives of contemporary Christian disciples. Sister Sheila Galligan, IHM, STL, STD, will lead this course on Wednesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, and 18, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
LORD OF THE RINGS & THE EVANGELIZATION OF CULTURE. This course explores the dimensions of Christian Personalism presented in the Lord of the Rings. In light of the crisis of contemporary culture, the themes include the nature of good and evil, the dignity of the human person, freedom and conscience, the nature and purpose of power, and the desire for eternal life. Domenic Lombardi instructs this class on Saturdays, September 23, and October 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
LITURGY OF THE HOURS: PRAYER OF THE CHURCH. Exploring the nature of liturgical prayer and the origins, purpose and structure of the Church´s daily prayer, this course focuses on Vatican II´s revisions and view of prayer in the life of the Church today. Sister Regina Foy, IHM, will lead this class on Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS: MENTOR AND MODEL. This course examines the life and legacy of Francis of Assisi. It provides a view of Francis´ core spiritual insights and prayers as well as his witness to simplicity, joy, and peacemaking. Sister Sheila Galligan, IHM, STL, STD, will lead this class on Saturdays, October 21, and November 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS OF HOLISTIC NURSING. This course empowers nurses and people entrusted with the care of others to integrate spirituality into practice. It offers a forum for sharing information, resources, and experiences. Gail Lehner, MSN, APRN, BC, will lead this class on Saturdays, October 28 and November 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SPIRITUALITY: THE .COM GENERATION. Every day millions of people around the world boot up a computer. Whether accessing information or connecting with people through email, the world of cyberspace has transformed life worldwide. Similarly, every day millions of people boot up their spiritual lives through sacraments or prayer. The desire is to log on to God through a variety of spiritual practices. This course challenges students to engage sacred scripture and methods of prayer as spiritual programs that can be downloaded into the soul for ongoing intimacy with God. Father Paul G. Mast, DMin, will lead this class on Saturdays, October 28, and November 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information on these workshops, please call the College of LifeLong Learning at 610-647-4400, ext. 3241.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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