GS 701                  Moral Theology

Tue/Thur       7-10 PM    Mr. Dominic Lombardi


This course begins by surveying the fundamental elements of Christian morality, including freedom, truth, charity, moral action, virtue, conscience, law, sin and grace, and beatitude in a theological context that draws from Sacred Scripture, Tradition, Magisterial teaching, and the natural law. This course then addresses modern moral issues, including a critique of the pluralistic writings of some contemporary American Catholic theologians; medical and life issues; sexuality and marriage issues; and contemporary Catholic social teaching issues. (3 credits)

Required Books:

1.       Introduction to Moral Theology.  Cessario, Romanus, O.P.  Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2001.  ISBN:  0-8132-1070-4 (paperback)


2.       Morality: The Catholic View.  Pinkaers, Servais, O.P.  South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2003.  ISBN: 1-58731-515-7 (paperback)


3.       Veritatis Splendor.  Encyclical, St. John Paul II, August 6, 1993


4.       Caritas in Veritate.  Encyclical, Benedict XVI.  June 29, 2009


5.       The Bible.  Student’s choice


GST 605                   Theology of Grace

Mon/Wed    7-10 PM       Monsignor Michael Magee


This course will offer a comprehensive study of the teaching of the Catholic Church concerning creation, theological anthropology, original sin and grace. It focuses upon creation and mankind in the light of Christ and the mystery of the redemption. Its principal sections are: 1) God as Creator, the doctrine of creation, and the creation both of man and

of non-corporeal, spiritual beings; 2) the notion of the “original state” or “paradise” as the initial offer of divine grace; 3) “original sin” as the refusal by man of God's initial call to share in the divine life; and 4) the origin and growth of the new life received through Jesus Christ, which heals, transforms and elevates human nature. Throughout the course, emphasis is given to the development of doctrine as evidenced in important Synods or Councils, both local and universal, and in various ecclesiastical writers. The orthodox Catholic doctrine of grace is contrasted with erroneous currents in history, and if time permits, legitimately disputed questions in current theological discourse are also examined and evaluated. (3 Credits)


Required Texts:

1.       NEUNER, J-DUPUIS, J., The Christian Faith in the Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church. New York: Alba House, 1983 (abbreviated ND)


DENZINGER, H - HÜNERMANN, P., Enchiridion Symbolorum definitionum et declarationum de rebus fidei et morum/ Compendium of Creeds, Definitions and Declarations on Matters of Faith and Morals (43rd edition, Latin-English version). San Francisco: Ignatius, 2012.

2.       The Catechism of the Catholic Church (abbreviated CCC: also available online)

3.       JOURNET, C., The Meaning of Grace. Scepter Publications, Princeton, 1996.

4.       RATZINGER, J., “In the beginning. . . “A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, Huntington, 1990.


During the course, a few further readings will be required as provided either by the professor or by means of photocopies, web links, etc. For example, certain limited texts from books not listed above are given below in the required readings, but the books as such are not required. For these, you may use either the library reserve shelf or obtain copies of the required pages.

Recommended texts:

1.       HARDON, J., History and Theology of Grace. Veritas Press, Ypsilanti, 2002. [strongly recommended!]

2.       RUSSELL, N., Co-Workers with God: Orthodox Thinking on Theiosis. New York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2009.

3.       KEATING, D. Deification and Grace. Ave Maria, FL: Sapientia Press, 2007.

4.       LOZANO, N. Unbound: a Practical Guide to Deliverance. Ada, MI: Chosen Books, 2010.

5.       SWAFFORD, A.D.  Nature and Grace: a new Approach to Thomistic Ressourcement. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014


GST 950    Introduction to Biblical Greek

Tue/Thu    1-4PM    Fr. Frank Giuffre

This course will introduce the student to the Greek alphabet, basic Biblical Greek vocabulary, and essential koine Greek grammar through a reading of passages drawn from the New Testament. The goal of the course is to build basic skills in speaking the Biblical text aloud and translating the text for purposes of study and edification. Tools helpful in this enterprise will also be presented for familiarity and use. (3 Credits)

Required textbooks/resources:

1.       D. A. Black, Learn to Read New Testament Greek. (Nashville, TN: B & H Publishing Group; 2009).  ISBN: 978-0805444933

2.       W. Trenchard, The Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testament.  (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Press, 1998).  ISBN: 978-0310226956

3.       Access to a Greek New Testament – in either book or electronic form. (A copy will be placed on Reserve in the Library.)

Recommended textbook/resources:

1.       K. Aland, et al., The Greek New Testament. (Stuttgart: United Bible Societies; 2001/fourth revised edition). [Make sure the edition has the dictionary included].  ISBN:  978-3438051103

2.       M. Zerwick, SJ and M. Grosvenor,  A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testament. (Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1996/Fifth edition).  ISBN:  978-88-7653-588-8

3.       W.D. Mounce.  Biblical Greek Laminated Sheet (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Press, 2005).  ISBN: 978-0310262947


GST 960      Origen: Scholar, Theologian, Priest and Martyr

Mon/Wed     1-4 PM      Fr. Mark Hunt

This course examines the person Origen of Alexandria in the historical context of third-century Alexandria and Caesarea. Building on a brief background of the Alexandrian catechetical school, the course will employ a number of Origen’s works as well as extensive secondary literature tracing the growth of one of Christianity’s greatest theologians who left a lasting and influential mark on Christian thinking and living. Particular attention will be given to his work in Alexandria, his move to and work in Caesarea and his contribution to biblical exegesis. (3 credits)

1.       Origen: An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works. Translated by Rowan Greer. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1979. ISBN 978-0809121984

2.       Computer access for weekly articles and writing assignments