Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Summer 2021 Credit Courses

SUMMER II (July 5-August 20, 2021)

DT 105: ECUMENISM – Orientale Lumen 

(1 hour; 1 semester)

Orientale Lumen XXV Conference (2021): “Liturgy and Scripture: Praying the Word of God.” Speakers will include:

  • Archbishop Job of Telmessos (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople)
  • Fr. Andrew Summerson (Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma)
  • Fr. Ted Pulcini (Antiochian Orthodox Church)
  • Sr. Vassa Larin (Host of “Coffee with Sister Vassa”)
  • Fr. Marco Benini (Catholic University of America)
  • Dr. Daniel Stevens (Director of the Scholars Initiative)
  • Brian Hyland (Curator of Latin and Greek Manuscripts, Museum of the Bible)

Additional content as well from Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia and +Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ. This year’s moderator is Bishop John Michael Botean (Romanian Catholic Diocese of St. George, Canton, OH).

CH 105: History of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of Antioch (Fr. Justin Rose) 

(2 hours; 1 semester)

The Melkite Greek Catholic Church is one of the five patriarchal Churches of Antioch. Melkite history is replete with stories of Apostolic zeal, Imperial Byzantium, Ottoman intrigue and Latin missionaries. Described by some as an ‘Orthodox Church in communion with Rome,’ Melkites identify themselves along a spectrum between Orthodoxy and Latinization. Are Melkites bridge or window, church or rite? This course will look at the roots of the Church of Antioch from Apostolic times and the rich variety of Churches that claim Antiochian heritage with emphasis on the Antiochian Church(es) who follow the Byzantine rite. Readings, lectures, and discussions will examine the events that led up to the communion with Rome in 1724 and the Melkite role in Vatican Councils I and II, along with important personalities involved. In the last weeks, we will consider the history and growth of the Melkite Church in the United States to the present. Throughout the course, we will define and discuss Uniatism, Orientalism, Orthodoxy, Latinization, ecclesiology, self-identity, and ecumenism.

SS 201: Pauline Literature (Fr. Daniel Dozier) 

(3 hours; 1 semester)

The course focuses not only on the basic content of the Pauline writings (Acts as well as 13 New Testaments letters attributed to the Apostle Paul) but also the skills required to read, interpret, discuss and critically assess these passages in a manner appropriate to intelligent people of faith. Students pay particular attention to Paul’s unique perspective on the nature and person of the resurrected Jesus in order to enrich our understanding of Jesus in the early church as well as today. The course is intended to foster the students’ development of a personal, loving relationship with God while at the same time providing a solid scriptural foundation for later pastoral ministry or academic study.


(1 hour; 1 semester)

This is intended as the first semester research class to prepare students to identify
and research their Capstone topic. Guidance is provided for research design,
synthesis of information, and constructing an appropriate research methodology. By
the end of this course, the learners should be able to:

  • Identify and formulate researchable topic or question.
  • Write research proposals; identify relevant resources for research.
  • Construct an appropriate research design.