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Intellectual Formation

The Theology Division offers a four-year program to increase the seminarian’s own understanding of the faith and to provide him with the tools and skills necessary to elucidate the principles of the faith for the people he will serve in the ordained ministry. The various disciplines within theology are covered in the curriculum: Sacred Scripture, systematic theology, moral theology, pastoral theology, liturgy, canon law, church history and pastoral counseling. Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees are directed toward the attainment of:

  • A vital integration of the seminarian’s theological knowledge with his life in Christ
  • An awareness of the nature of the redemptive, sacramental Priesthood and a stronger conviction to share in its call
  • A deepening of the seminarian’s personal Catholic experience and his preparation for lasting commitment to priestly life and ministry
  • A vivid awareness of the contemporary world in which God’s saving presence is at work
  • A growing understanding of the seminarian’s Catholic faith through critical and contemporary theological reflection

At the conclusion of their studies, seminarians will have developed the capacity to understand and critically evaluate theological issues in the light of Church doctrine.

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PASTORAL SPANISH PROGRAM

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is preparing men to meet people in the culturally diverse communities where they will serve as deacons and priests. The Certificate Program of Proficiency in Pastoral Spanish verifies competency in Spanish, understanding of cultural matters and expertise in pastoral work. This comprehensive program prepares deacons for pastoral work and aids bishops in their placement of newly-ordained priests.

The Pastoral Spanish curriculum builds pertinent skills that help deacons and priests connect with people in real ways and through real life events.  Upon completion, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in all five linguistic skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and culture
  • Celebrate the Sacraments in Spanish
  • Preach in Spanish
  • Teach in Spanish for parish programs, such as RCIA, Bible study, Pre-Jordan and Pre-Cana.
  • Connect to the faithful in written Spanish in Church bulletins, letters of eligibility and parish websites.
  • Understand reverent traditions that are pertinent to weddings, baptisms, presentations and quinceañeras.

Learn more about the study abroad program and certificate requirements.

 

Master of Divinity Curriculum

I THEOLOGY FALL

CHH 501

Church History I: 100 to 1100

SCR 501

A Critical Introduction to Sacred Scripture

STH 506

Fundamental Theology

STH 508

Patrology

STH 510

Christology

PTH 501

Introduction to Homiletics (1 credit)

I THEOLOGY SPRING

PTH 502

Homiletics Practicum I (1 credit)

PTH 507

Liturgical Studies

SCR 504

The Pentateuch

SCR 506

Gospel According To Mark

STH 511

Trinity

STH 512

Theology Of The Sacraments

II THEOLOGY FALL

CHH 601

Church History II: 100 to 1100

MTH 605

Fundamental Moral Theology

PTH 601

Theology of Homiletics (1 credit)

SCR 602

Gospel According to Matthew

SCR 603

Prophetic Literature Of The Old Testament

STH 607

Theology Of Grace

II THEOLOGY SPRING

CNL 601

Sacramental Law

MTH 601

Theological & Moral Virtues

PTH 602

Contemporary Homiletics (1 credit)

SCR 605

The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles

STH 606

Ecclesiology

STH 609

Eucharist

III THEOLOGY FALL

CNL 701

Canon Law on Marriage

MTH 701

Sexuality & Marriage in Catholic Teaching

MTH 704

Catholic Social Teaching

PTH 701

Homiletics Practicum II (1 credit)

PTH 709

Pastoral Psychology and Couseling

Elective

III THEOLOGY SPRING

MTH 706

Moral Principles Applied

PTH 959-II

Pastoral Spanish and Sacramental Practicum (or Elective)

SCR 704

Wisdom Literature and Psalms

STH 702

Holy Orders

PTH 702

Diaconal Homiletics Practicum

Elective

IV THEOLOGY FALL

MTH 802

Catholic Teachings On Issues Of Life and Health

PTH 960-I

Advanced Pastoral Spanish

SCR 803

Johannine Literature

IV THEOLOGY SPRING

CHH 801

United States Church History

PTH 807

Sacramental Practicum

SCR 802

Pauline Epistles

STH 801

Penance and Anointing

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