Course Descriptions


Spring 2017 Course Descriptions


CERTIFICATE COURSES (Starting January 16, 2017)


The Word of Life: Seven Characteristics of the Bible for Byzantine Christians (Fr. Deacon Daniel Dozier, Word of Life Institute)

This course explores the central place of the Bible (Sacred Scripture) in the life and mission of the Church. Drawing on the rich liturgical, catechetical and patristic traditions of Byzantine Christianity, we will identify Seven Characteristics of the Bible: the Word of God, the Church’s Book, a Book of Books, a Story of Stories, a Ladder of Mysteries, a Book of the Liturgy and a Disciple’s Handbook. By completing this course, students will be able to identify some of the ways that biblical texts, imagery, stories and allusions both form and inform what we believe (doctrine), how we worship (liturgy) and our spiritual lives (discipleship) in the Church.  Register Now


Plainchant in the Byzantine Catholic Church (Jeff Mierzejewski, Metropolitan Cantor Institute)

In this course, we will examine the prostopinije, or plainchant, of the Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church. Prospective students who already participate in the Byzantine Catholic Church will have the opportunity to broaden and deepen their understanding of our liturgical chant, and how it is used in our services. Students from other churches or disciplines will be provided with a living example of a complete system of liturgical chant, and learn how it has been used in the past, and is used today. Register Now


CREDIT COURSES (Starting January 16, 2017)

Patristics II (Kyle Washut)

This course will introduce the history, theology, and spirituality of the Patristic period from St. Athanasius of Alexandria to St. Theodore the Studite, with a concentration on those fathers who were especially formative for the Byzantine tradition. This course will provide an overview of both the theological thought of the later Fathers of the Church (“patristics” in the strict sense) and their life and writings (“patrology”). The rich ethnic and cultural diversity of early Christian thought will be highlighted through study of primary sources. Theological themes considered will include the development of Trinitarian theology, Patristic understandings of the method of theology, the development of Christian culture, Mariology, both monastic and married Christian life, and the development of the theology of icons. (2 credit; Patristics I not a prerequisite). Register Now


Theology of the Divine Praises (Fr. David Petras, Professor Emeritus)

This course will survey the theological, spiritual and historical elements of the devotional chants of the Eastern Catholic churches. (2 credits) Register Now

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