Horarium
  • Monday - Friday

    7:00am Mass & Morning Prayer
    12:00pm Rosary
    12:15pm Midday Prayer
    5:30pm Office of Readings / Evening Prayer
    9:00pm Night Prayer (except Friday)
  • Saturday

    8:00am Mass & Morning Prayer
    12:00pm Office of Readings / Midday Prayer
    5:20pm Rosary
    5:40pm Evening Prayer
  • Sunday

    8:30am Office of Readings / Morning Prayer
    11:15am Mass
    5:20pm Rosary
    5:40pm Evening Prayer
    9:00pm Night Prayer
Calendar
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, April 22-23

    Reading Days - No classes

    No Classes; Offices and Library Open

  • Friday-Saturday, April 25-26

    St. Francis of Assisi and the Western Tradition

    Thomistic Institute Conference at NYU Catholic Center

  • Saturday, April 26

    6:30 p.m. Fourth Annual Dominican Spring Gala

  • Monday-Friday, April 28-May 2

    Course Evaluation Week

  • Friday, May 2

    Classes End

  • Monday, May 5

    Reading Day

  • Tuesday-Friday, May 6-9

    Final Exam Week

  • Friday, May 9

    Semester Ends

  • Monday, May 12

    All Grades Due

  • Monday-Friday, May 12-16

    Special Exam Week

  • Friday, May 16

    Commencement

  • Friday, May 23

    Priesthood Ordinations

    Offices and Library Closed

  • Monday, May 26

    Memorial Day

    Offices and Library Closed

  • Tuesday, May 27

    Summer Session Begins

  • Monday, June 2

    Classes Begin

  • Friday, July 4

    Independence Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

  • Friday, July 25

    Summer Session Ends

  • Monday, July 28

    All Grades Due (3:00 PM)

  • August 1-22

    No Public Hours for Library

  • Saturday, August 23

    9:30am - New Student Orientation

    Library Opens

  • Monday, August 25

    Classes Begin

    5 p.m. - Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit

  • Monday, September 1

    Labor Day

    No Classes; Offices and Library Closed

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Fall 2013 Course Descriptions

PHILOSOPHY AND HUMANITIES

LT 501 - Elementary Latin I (3)

This course focuses on mastery of the morphology and syntax of classical Latin in order to provide students with a solid basis to read classical, patristic, medieval, and Renaissance Latin literature of all genres.

PH 501 - Introduction to the Life and Works of St. Thomas Aquinas (3)

This survey course will introduce the student to the life and works of St. Thomas Aquinas. To this end, we will read Jean-Pierre Torrell’s Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Person and His Work and examine closely samples of Aquinas’ works. So as not to depend on a single author as our guide, we will also consult Joseph Pieper’s Guide to Thomas Aquinas, and miscellaneous articles or selections from other publications. We will note the different kinds of works Aquinas produced, the dates and context of their composition, as well as Thomas’ own spirituality and the evolution of his thought on particular points.

PH 511 - Ancient Philosophy (3)

This is the first of a four-course sequence that studies the historical development of Western philosophy.  This course first explores the contrast between what may be called the scientific and theological investigations of the Pre-Socratics versus the mytho-poetic view that preceded them.  It then follows the more intentionally public pursuit of philosophy as undertaken by the Sophists; within this context a proper study can be undertaken of the enigmatic figure of Socrates.  The bulk of this course is devoted to the achievements of Plato and Aristotle, with particular attention given to those insights which served as the basis for subsequent historical epochs.  As time permits, attention is give to some of the more important philosophical movements of the Hellenistic era: the Epicureans, Stoics and neo-Platonists.

 

PH 513 - Modern Philosophy (3)

This course follows the continuing development of the Western philosophical tradition as it progressed from the Renaissance through the French Revolution (1400-1800).  Particular emphasis is given to the manner in which the results and methods of the Scientific Revolution replaced the Aristotelian world-view.  Following this paradigmatic shift, the course’s main focus is directed to the two main philosophical movements: Rationalism and Empiricism, each of which developed competing appropriations of modern science.  It concludes with the resolution of these two strands of thought effected by Immanuel Kant’s critical philosophy.

 

PH 521 - Logic (3)

This course studies three types of formal logic.  First, it treats Aristotelian, or “term,” logic as it pertains to: 1) categorical propositions, with the various inferences that are generally associated with them, and 2) categorical syllogisms as appreciable in terms of conditional and unconditional validity.  Second, it studies propositional logic in terms of the argument forms and equivalences from which various conclusions may be drawn.  Third, it takes up predicate logic, both a self-contained system and as it affords the means of comparing the two systems first studied in this course.  

PH 523 - Philosophy of Nature (Cosmology) (3)

This course will offer an Aristotelian-Thomistic consideration of natural philosophy, the science that studies nature in general.  The course will begin by identifying the subject matter and scope of this science, and it will then proceed to examine the principles, causes, and elements of natural things.  Topics to be addressed include the phenomenon of change, the constitution of material things in general, the relationship between the soul and the body in living things, and the structure of time.

PH 551 - Philosophy of Being (Metaphysics) (3)

This course offers a Thomistic consideration of metaphysics, the science that studies being in general.  The course begins by identifying the subject matter and scope of this science, the nature of being, its attributes, its divisions, and its causes.  Topics to be addressed include the problem of the one and the many, the analogous nature of being, participation theory, and the existence and attributes of the first being, vis., God.  The course presumes that students have a basic familiarity with Aristotelian natural philosophy (supplementary readings will be provided for students who do not).

 

SACRED SCRIPTURE

SS 581 - Elementary Greek I (3)

First course in a two-semester sequence giving intensive grounding in the forms, vocabulary, and syntax of Attic and New Testament Greek; frequent exercises in reading and writing Greek.

 SS 611 - Pentateuch (3)

An introduction to the first five books of the Bible and to the ways the Old Testament has been interpreted in Catholic tradition. Special attention will be given to the history of the interpretation of the Pentateuch in Judaism and Christianity.

SS 640 - Synoptic Gospels (3)

The course considers the following issues:  the history of the Synoptic problem and proposed solutions; the methodological advantages and limitations of 20th century criticism.  Exegesis of selected passages will be used to provide in-depth understanding of the origins of the Synoptic traditions and their theology, ecclesiology and eschatology as seen in the life, Passion, and Resurrection of Jesus and in the early Church.  This discussion will include the Christological titles, the miracles of Jesus, the parables of the Kingdom, the Sermon on the Mount, the Passion Narrative, and the Resurrection Narrative.  The course will also introduce the Acts of the Apostles as the second volume of Luke’s gospel.

SS 672 - Introduction to Classical Hebrew II (3)

The second semester of an introduction to Biblical Hebrew using Basics of Biblical Hebrew by Pratico and Van Pelt.  Attention will be given to completing the introductory grammar and preparing for the transition to reading texts from the Hebrew Bible.

SS 781 - Intermediate Greek I (3)

Review of grammar and syntax.  Selected readings in Attic and Hellenistic texts, including biblical authors.  Special attention given to increasing facility in reading and interpreting the Greek New Testament.  Prerequisite: SS 582 - Elementary Greek II or the equivalent

 

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

ST 601 - Nature and Method of Theology (3)

A study of the nature of theological thinking as an intellectual inquiry, arising from faith and having God himself and his promises as its proper subject matter. The course presents an interpretation of significant current trends in the light of the history of theology, with emphasis on medieval and modern theology. Shaped by Thomas Aquinas’s conception of theology as sacra doctrina, the course advances proposals about such topics as revelation, scripture and tradition, faith and reason, the use of philosophy in theology, the nature of doctrines and their development, and the role of authority.

ST 611 - Creation and the Human Person (3)

Divine gratuity is the point of reference for this theological study of the spiritual material and spiritual-material orders in their relation to God and to each other.  In particular, the gifts of cosmos and the human person provide the axes for an inquiry into the meaning and purpose of creation, divine Providence, a theological appraisal of the cosmos, the problem of evil, and the nature and origin of the human person as image of God.  St. Thomas Aquinas serves as master guide who himself provides principles for extracting the perennial from the passing in a theological domain where a balanced fidelity to the perduring and responsiveness to the contemporary are especially mandated.

ST 621 - Basic Elements of Christology (3)

A systematic approach to Christology guides this course’s review of key historical moments in the Church’s theological elucidation of the mystery of Christ. After situating it within the larger theological domain and clarifying its nature, Christology is examined from the perspectives of a Catholic reading of Sacred Scripture, its development in the controversies and councils of the early Church, and St. Thomas Aquinas’s synthesis in the Summa Theologiae’s tract on Christ. Finally, modern developments and questions are critically addressed with an eye toward outlining an adequate Christology for the future. Prerequisites: ST 601 - Nature and Method of Theology, ST 604 - Triune God and ST 611 - Creation and the Human Person.

ST 631 - Sacraments: Theology and Initiation (3)

An introduction to general sacramental theory by tracing various sacramental teachings from their biblical, patristic, medieval, and contemporary perspectives. The course will also address the scriptural, historical, and dogmatic developments of the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and the implications for contemporary ecumenical discussion

ST 635 - Sacrament of Marriage: Theology and Canon Law (3)

A study of the principal canons on matrimony in their historical and doctrinal context: the canonical definition of marriage and its ends and properties, preparation for marriage, impediments, mixed marriage, dissolution of the bond and annulments, convalidation, sanation (canons 1055-1165). Requirements in this course include active class participation, required readings, assigned cases and studies, and a final written examination.

ST 637 - Sacrament of the Eucharist (3)

This course will present a basic theology of mystery of the Eucharist in light of Sacred Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Topics that will be studied include: the Biblical concept of sacrifice, the Christological origins of the Eucharist, Patristic theologies of the Eucharist, the Eucharistic theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, Tridentine and Modern developments concerning the Sacrifice of the Mass, and communion ecclesiology. Theological consideration will also be given to the relation of the Eucharist to various forms of liturgical rites, and to the canonical laws of the Church.

ST 737 - Theology and Holiness (3)

This course examines how holiness is integral to theology. It begins by considering various perspectives on holiness, particularly those of Dionysius the Areopagite and Augustine; Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure; and Hans Urs von Balthasar and François-Marie Léthel. The bulk of the course is devoted to a broad consideration of topics pertaining to holiness and how they are relevant to theology. Some such topics are acquired and infused virtues, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the speculative or practical end of theology, the saint as theologian, spiritual senses, and religious cognition. The final weeks of the course are spent integrating this material into a strict delineation of theology according to its four causes: its subject (material cause), its mode of proceeding (formal cause), its purpose (final cause), and the theologian (efficient cause).

ST 742/842 - Aquinas’ Commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans [3]

In this 3-credit course, we will read through selected sections of Aquinas’ Commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans in Latin, using Dauphinais’ and Levering’s Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas as a guide for our reflection and discussion. The first portion of each class will be dedicated to reading and analyzing Aquinas’ Latin text; the second portion will take up the broader themes dealt with in Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas. Prerequisite: one year of Latin.

ST 821 - Aquinas and the Masters of the Medieval University [3]

Thomas Aquinas lived and worked in the midst of an intellectual revolution resulting from the diffusion of the philosophy of Aristotle. The immediate context of this transformation was the medieval university, particularly the University of Paris. This seminar will consider a few critical elements of Aquinas’ thought as they emerged in debate within that setting. To be discussed will be rival accounts of creation, the age of the world, and the nature of human soul, as they appeared in the works of Alexander of Hales, St. Albert the Great, St. Bonaventure, John Peckham and St. Thomas Aquinas.

ST 881 - Thomistic Seminar I (3)

This seminar will consider the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas in dialogue with the 21st century. We will undertake our investigation by considering Aquinas’ understanding of theology as wisdom over against the post-Enlightenment tendency to interpret religious experience in terms of practical ends. A central question to be treated in our study will be the place of metaphysics in theology. The Summa Theologiae will serve as the text of first recourse to Thomas’ own thought.  In accord with the seminar format, class time will be devoted to discussion rather than lecture, and each student will submit a research paper at the end of the semester. The papers will be presented by the students in class toward the end of the semester.

 

MORAL AND SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY

MT 601 - Principles of Christian Moral Life I (3)

A two-semester exploration of the Catholic moral tradition from scriptural, doctrinal, historical, and systematic perspectives. The doctrinal part is supplemented by a continual reference to Scriptural moral teachings; the historical survey probes the specific contributions of the various Christian ages to Catholic morality; the systematic treatment uncovers the foundational moral teachings of St. Thomas as expressed in the Summa Theologiae along with their metaphysical, anthropological, and theological roots. Happiness and human ends, actions and passions, and sin and virtue are placed within a moral setting enclosed within the larger domain of divine grace penetrating human nature.  Contemporary theological approaches are examined in order to assess their contributions and shortcomings.

 MT 611 - Theological Virtues (3)

This class examines in depth St. Thomas Aquinas’s teaching on the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity as expressed in the Summa Theologiae. Textual analysis will serve to uncover the systematic power of the treatise on the theological virtues as well as the treatise’s role within St. Thomas’s larger theological vision. Attention is given to the Scriptural roots of this teaching on the theological virtues and the placement of these virtues within the Catholic theological tradition.

MT 721 – The Just Market: Scholastic Moral Thought on Justice in the Marketplace (3)

The determination of market prices, the payment of interest on loans, compulsion in buying and selling, labor and wages, the debasement of the currency all involve interactions between human beings and therefore fall under the domain of justice.  This course will look at the contributions of St. Thomas Aquinas in the treatment of these economic questions and then trace the development of moral thought on these questions through the peak and decline of Thomism in Salamanca in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

MT 732 - The Inner Way: Understanding & Practicing Eastern & Western Spiritual Direction (3)

Spiritual direction was born in the Christian East, later developing its traditions in both East and West.  Its history, methods, and contemporary application will be studied and discussed.  Themes to be studied will be man / woman as image of the Divine Icon, growth in the likeness of God, the role of the Spiritual Mother and Father as “charismatic individual,” the attainment of purity of heart and and intent, inner peace and healing, Sacraments and direction, the elder as gift bearer.  Skills needed to engage in spiritual direction will be looked at.  Topics to be discussed: growth in divinization, prayer, metaonia of heart, joyful-sorrow (penthos), the Jesus Prayer and the need of a personal desert, what constitutes a true orthodox spiritual director.

 

CHURCH HISTORY

HS 501 - Early and Medieval Church History (3)

Emergence of the Church in the early centuries, its maturity in the Christian Roman Empire, the formation of Christendom in the western Middle Ages to AD 1450. Particular attention will be given to the reading of primary sources and a familiarization with secondary sources.

 

HISTORICAL THEOLOGY

HT 715 - Marriage and Celibacy in the Early Church (3)

This course addresses issues related to marriage and celibacy in the Early Church through a reading of representative texts by authors including St. Augustine, St. Jerome, and St. John Chrysostom.  These issues were invoked in discussions of the Church, uniquely based on God’s self-revelation in Jesus and salvation through the redemptive death of Christ, and how one was to live as a Christian.  The rise of asceticism and monasticism as well as the Church’s efforts to combat heretical notions of theological anthropology, including Gnosticism, Manicheism, and Pelagianism, further raised questions such as whether Christians should marry and bear children or practice celibacy, as well as the relationship between the vocation to the celibate life and that of marriage.

ST 737/HT 737 - Theology and Holiness (3)

This course examines how holiness is integral to theology. It begins by considering various perspectives on holiness, particularly those of Dionysius the Areopagite and Augustine; Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure; and Hans Urs von Balthasar and François-Marie Léthel. The bulk of the course is devoted to a broad consideration of topics pertaining to holiness and how they are relevant to theology. Some such topics are acquired and infused virtues, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the speculative or practical end of theology, the saint as theologian, spiritual senses, and religious cognition. The final weeks of the course are spent integrating this material into a strict delineation of theology according to its four causes: its subject (material cause), its mode of proceeding (formal cause), its purpose (final cause), and the theologian (efficient cause).

HT 754 - The Eastern Face of Christ: Introduction to Eastern Christian Spirituality [3]

A journey into the meaning of the spiritual life according to the Eastern Christian Fathers and Mothers: deification, the spiritual life as progression into the life of the Holy Trinity, Logos Mysticism, God’s Uncreated Energies of Love, the Apophatic Way, Praxis and the Ascetical Life, Mary, the womb of God, Person as Divine Icon.

HT 820 – Aquinas and the Fathers: St. Thomas’s Engagement with His Patristic Sources [3]

St. Thomas Aquinas could be called the leading patristic researcher of his day. This seminar considers select studies of the presence of early figures (such as Augustine and John Damascene) and of early controversies (such as Arianism and Nestorianism) in the works of Aquinas. By uncovering Aquinas’s interest in early Christianity, the course also considers how Aquinas can assist in the renewal of theological method today, especially in finding the deep underlying unity between patristic-ressourcement and scholastic approaches to theology. 

 

PASTORAL STUDIES

PS 601 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (3)

An introduction to Christian ministry with attention given to both methods and models of ministry. A focus on the theology of ministry will be integral along with an introduction to the skills of theological reflection and pastoral communications. Students will be helped to use class discussions as a way of drawing together methods, group dynamics and theological themes in the exercise of ministry. A supervised pastoral placement in an approved setting is required.

PS 621 - Introduction to Church Law (3)

This course introduces basic concepts concerning law in the Church, how it is made and interpreted, and how it is applied in various situations. It also examines the status of persons in general, the computation of time, and the law on sacraments and temporal goods. Requirements in this course include active class participation, required readings, assigned cases and studies, and a final written examination.

PS 661 - Ministries Practicum (1)

A practicum taken in preparation for the ministries of acolyte and reader. History and offices of these ministries, the lectionary, public proclamation, and service at the altar.

PS 662 - Deacon Practicum (2)

Taken in the semester before ordination to the diaconate, the practicum includes instruction in tasks of ministry which the future deacon will encounter in his summer and school year ministry.

PS 781 - Introduction to Islam (3)

If Islam has its origin in the Middle-East, it is no longer a religion of populations who live far away from our western societies.  International events with their repercussions on our daily life and the immediate presence of Muslims in our society make it an obligation to learn about the Islamic faith and its holy book, the Koran (concerning family values, women, and politics).  The personality of the prophet Mohamed and the practices of contemporary Islam will help us understand one of the most influential movements of our time.

PS 802 - Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice (3)

This introductory course begins with an examination of basic principles of Catholic educational theory for various educational contexts: adult catechesis, secondary education and collegiate teaching. Students will be introduced to effective teaching practices through topics such as styles of learning and teaching methods suited to those styles, preparing and delivering class lectures, teaching observations, Lectio Coram presentations, and other practical methodologies. During the practicum component of the course, students will offer class presentations and teach in a pastoral setting.

 

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