Immaculata University Announces Summer Theology Courses

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 summer. Cost for each course is $335 for one credit, $30 for diocesan teachers, catechists, and liturgists. These courses can also be taken as non-credit workshops for $160.
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 Saturdays, June 10 and June 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
JOHN PAUL II: HUMAN LOVE IN THE DIVINE PLAN. From the perspective of John Paul II´s "Theology of the Body," this course considers how the human body, male and female, makes visible God´s invisible mystery and reflects God´s self-giving, creative love. It explores how humans can fulfill the meaning of their existence by living according to the truth of their sexuality. This course, instructed by June Matwijec, is available twice during the summer. The first session is offered on Saturdays, June 17 and June 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the second offering is on Saturdays, July 15 and July 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
MEDIA, CULTURE, AND THEOLOGY. This course focuses on the issues of communication and ministry in a mass-media dominated society. Students explore the links between the media, culture, and underlying moral perspectives. Father J. Edapilly, CMI, MA, Ph.D., will instruct this class on Saturdays, July 8 and July 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
HEALING THE CULTURE: REVERENCE FOR LIFE. This course, instructed by Sister Sheila Galligan, IHM, STL, STD, will explore the basic biblical, theological, and pastoral principles that undergird the belief in the dignity and sanctity of human life. Specific topics and themes will be discussed in light of the teachings of John Paul II and the United States Catholic Bishops. The class is held on Saturdays, July 8 and July 22, 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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