Theology Courses for Fall Semester
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 $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, September 10 and 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO CHARLIE BROWN. Religious art opens the human being to spiritual reality. It tries to translate into meaningful terms that which is beyond words. This course explores how God is revealed through the work of Charlie Brown and his Peanuts companions and shows that this comic strip teaches some of life´s most important lessons. Henry Poce will lead this class on Saturdays, October 1 and 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS: MENTOR AND MODEL. This course explores the life and legacy of Francis of Assisi. Course topics include Francis´ core spiritual insights and prayers, and his witness to simplicity, joy, and peacemaking. Sister Sheila Galligan, IHM, STL, STD, will lead this class on Saturdays, October 22 and November 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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. June Matwijec will lead this class on Saturdays, October 29 and November 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ROOTED IN CHRIST: RENEWING THE FAMILY. This course investigates the various dimensions of the fulfillment of the family in Christ as well as the family´s role in the Church´s mission to build a culture of love. Dominic Lombardi will lead this course on Saturdays, November 5 and 19, 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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