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Franciscan School of Theology

Course Schedules–Oceanside

2014-2015 PRELIMINARY COURSE SCHEDULES

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE: Course schedules are subject to change. Check back for finalized course schedules in May 2014 

Fall 2014

Course TitleCourse NumberUnitsLevelInstructor/
Time
Description
Francis of Assisi: Life and InfluenceSP 5013IntroductoryW. Short,
M. Higgins
Mon 1:00pm-4:00pm
A critical review of early biographical sources for the life of St. Francis of Assisi, along with observations on the influence of these sources on Church and society from the Middle Ages to contemporary interpretations of Francis.
History of Poverty in the US and RC ChurchHS 5023IntroductoryJ.Burns
Tue 1:00pm-4:00pm
Though the United States has always been regarded as a land of plenty, not all Americans have been able to enjoy its bounty. Since the nation's inception, the poverty of some has been a reality. This course will chart the ebb and flow of poverty in the history of the United States, the nation's response and attitudes towards poverty, and the Roman Catholic Church's response to that poverty.
The Letters of St. PaulNT 5013IntroductoryE. Constantinou
Tue 6:00pm-9:00pm
An introduction to the Letters of St. Paul, their historical context, theological message, along with questions of their significance for the development of early Christian communities.
Ministry Seminar IPS 5013IntroductoryT. West
Wed 8:00am-11:00am
This is the first in a series of seminars required for MDiv students. The course consists of lectures on pastoral ministry, field placements, and group theological reflection exercises.
PentateuchOT 6033IntermediateM. Guinan
Thu 8:00am-11:00am
This course introduces the text, history, and theology of the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy in the context of ancient Near Eastern culture; the history of early Israel; and questions of textual interpretation.
Theology, Church and World: Intro to TheologyST 5013IntroductoryJ. Kiesler
Thu 1:00pm-4:00pm
An introductory course in theology which will discuss sources, methodology, relationship to the world, and an understanding of the Catholic Magisterium. This course will consist of lectures, small group discussion, written midterms and finals as well as a short oral class presentation. Intended audience is first year theology students.
Introduction to the Old TestamentOT 5013IntroductoryG. Galvin
Thu 6:00pm-9:00pm
After introducing the Bible and its study, this course seeks to present an integrated overview of the Old Testament, its main theological traditions and the historical contexts in which they grew.
Franciscan ChristologyST 5023IntroductoryM. B. Ingham
Fri 8:00am-11:00am
This basic course in Christology focuses on the particular contribution of Franciscan thinkers, the importance of the intercultural dialog today and the significance of Franciscan spirituality for the third millennium.
Introduction to LiturgyLS 5013IntroductoryJ. Sabak
Class meets monthly on 2nd Fri-Sat of the month
Fri 2:00pm-9:00pm
Sat 9:00am-12:00noon
An introductory course on fundamental elements of Catholic Liturgy, including historical development of celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy, organization of liturgical space, important Church norms on liturgical practice and theology.
Special Reading CourseSRC 5991-12Introductory
Special Reading CourseSRC 7991-12Intermediate
Special Reading CourseSRC 8991-12Advanced
MTS ThesisMTS 9001-12Advanced

January 2015

Course TitleCourse NumberUnitsLevelInstructor/
Time
Description
Global Theological Education Initiative Immersion ProgramGTE 5011.5IntroductoryJ. Kiesler
One week: Mon-Fri
Glocal Theological Education Immersion Experience among members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of eastern Arizona, one week in duration, with opportunities for learning with tribal leaders, local Church community members and ministers.

Spring 2015

Course TitleCourse NumberUnitsLevelInstructor/
Time
Description
History of ChristianityHS 5013IntroductoryD. Pryds
Mon 6:00pm-9:00pm
This introductory class offers an overview of the development of Christianity from its beginnings to the present. In addition, this course offers fundamental research skills that support graduate level study. Students must have access to Blackboard and must attend all class sessions.
Writings: Francis and Clare of AssisiSP 5013IntroductoryW. Short
M. Higgins
Tue 9:00am-12:00noon
A careful reading of the complete writings of the two saints of Assisi, exploring their “Gospel form of life,” the
bases of Francis-Clarian spirituality; their images of God, Christ, Church, and the human person. All texts available in English translation. No previous study of Franciscan
sources necessary.
God, World and Person in Franciscan TheologyST 5033IntroductoryJ. Freyer
Tue 1:00pm-4:00pm
A contemporary presentation of the understanding of the relationship of the human person to the world and to God, based on the writings of such important Franciscan authors as St. Bonaventure and Bl. John Duns Scotus. Theories of creation, salvation, human and divine relationship, and individual human identity will be explored.
Introduction to the New TestamentNT 5033IntroductoryE. Constantinou
Tue 6:00pm-9:00pm
This course studies the writings of the New Testament in their historical, cultural, social, and religious contexts. The student is introduced to the basic content, structure, and motifs of the NT writings; the theory and practice of major integrative methodologies; the hermeneutical and other critical issues of modern biblical studies; the resources for understanding, preaching and teaching the NT.
Ministry Seminar IIPS 5023IntroductoryT. WestThis is the second in a series of seminars required for MDiv students. The course consists of lectures on pastoral ministry, field placements, and group theological reflection exercises.
Prophets of the Old TestamentOT 5023IntermediateM. Guinan
Thu 8:00am-110:00am
A survey of prophets in the OT proceeding along two axes: 1) an historical overview focusing on the "great" prophets of the 8th/7th/6th centuries; and 2) a thematic overview focusing on how the prophets spoke to their present and to the future.
Intercultural TheologyST 603 3IntermediateJ. Kiesler
Thu 1:00pm-4:00pm
A course exploring issues of Catholic theology, mission, and indigenous culture, designed to complement Global Theological Education Initiative Immersion Programs in Native American communities of Arizona (January 2015 and Summer 2015).
Economic Justice: Franciscans and Profit EconomyCE 5053J. Freyer
Thu 1:00pm-4:00pm
The Catholic economic teaching of early Franciscan theorists like Peter John Olivi will be explored in conversation with current Catholic social teaching in an attempt to understand notions of "just profit" and "common good."
Immigrant Catholic Church in USHS 5033IntroductoryJ. Burns
Th 6:00pm-9:00pm
The Roman Catholic Church in the United States has always been an immigrant Church. This course will chart the course of the immigrant church by examining the wave after wave of immigrants to the United States and their impact on the Church. The course will examine the interaction of Early European arrivals with the Native American peoples. Then the various immigrant groups will be examined in their historical context: Spanish, English, French, Irish, German, Polish, Italian, African Americans, Mexicans and other Latino groups, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and other Asian groups. The interaction of these groups has resulted in recurrent conflict and surprising accommodations. The historical experience of the immigrant church will raise serious concerns for the contemporary Church.
Fundamental Moral TheologyCE 5013IntroductoryM. B. Ingham
Fri 8:00am-11:00am
This course outlines the basic structure and method of Roman Catholic moral theology, with a particular emphasis on the Franciscan moral vision. By means of common readings, discussion, and lectures, it introduces basic concepts of moral theology and moral methods from a Franciscan perspective.
Women and Religious LeadershipHS 6013IntermediateD. Pryds
Fri 1:00pm-4:00pm
This course is an intermediate course exploring the history of women in leadership roles within Christianity. Methodologically, the course explores the topic of how women have achieved leadership roles throughout Christian history; therefore, the lectures will be historical in nature and students will be expected to use historical method in their analyses. There will be ample room for student-generated input based on experience and research. In fact, students must anticipate being active co-creators of this course, since the topic is too broad for any single professor to teach in a comprehensive way.
Sacraments of the ChurchLS 6043IntermediateJ. Sabak
Class meets monthly on 2nd Fri-Sat of the month
Fri 2:00pm-9:00pm
Sat 9:00am-12:00noon
An exploration of the Sacraments of the Catholic Church, their Scriptural and historical background, development over the centuries, and current practice.
Special Reading CourseSRC 5991-12Introductory
Special Reading CourseSRC 7991-12Intermediate
Special Reading CourseSRC 8991-12Advanced
MTS ThesisMTS 9001-12Advanced

Summer 2015

Course TitleCourse NumberUnitsLevelInstructor/
Time
Description
Global Theological Education Initiative Immersion ProgramGTE 5011.5IntroductoryJ. Kiesler
One week: Mon-Fri
Glocal Theological Education Immersion Experience among members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of eastern Arizona, one week in duration, with opportunities for learning with tribal leaders, local Church community members and ministers.

2013-2014 COURSE SCHEDULES

Fall 2013

Course TitleCourse NumberInstructor/Time
Theology, Church, and World: An Introduction to TheologyST 501John Kiesler, OFM
M/W 1:00pm-2:30pm
Introduction to the Old TestamentOT 501Garrett Galvin, OFM
M/W 8:30am-10:00 am
Liturgy ModuleLS 501James Sabak, OFM
Meets four weekends per semester as follows:

Sept 20-21; Oct 18-19;
Nov 8-9; Dec 13-14

Fri: 2:00pm-5:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm
Sat: 9:00am-noon
Prophets and Social JusticeOT 502Garrett Galvin, OFM
M 6:00pm-9:00pm
Franciscan SpiritualitySP 601William Short, OFM
Sat 9:00am-noon
Theology of LiberationST 502John Kiesler, OFM
Th 2:00pm-5:00 pm

Spring 2014

Course TitleCourse NumberUnitsLevelInstructor/
Time
Description
Fundamental Moral TheologyCE 5013IntroductoryMary Beth Ingham, CSJ
Fri 8:30am-11:30am
This course outlines the basic structure and method of Roman Catholic moral theology, with a particular emphasis on the Franciscan moral vision. By means of common readings, discussion, and lectures, it introduces basic concepts of moral theology and moral methods from a Franciscan perspective. Requirements are weekly reflection papers on about 50-75 pages of reading and two essay exams. 20 max enrollment; Instructor approval required; Auditors with faculty permission
History of ChristianityHS 5013IntroductoryDarleen Pryds, PhD
Fri 6:00pm-9:00pm and
Sat 9:00am-4:00pm

Jan 31-Feb 1; Feb 28-Mar 1; Mar 28-29; Apr 25-26
This introductory class offers an overview of the development of Christianity from its beginnings to the present. In addition, this course offers fundamental research skills that support graduate level study. Students must have access to Blackboard and must attend all class sessions.
Introduction to the New TestamentNT 5033IntroductoryGarrett Galvin, OFM
Mon 6:00pm-9:00pm
This course studies the writings of the New Testament in their historical, cultural, social, and religious contexts. The student is introduced to the basic content, structure, and motifs of the NT writings; the theory and practice of major integrative methodologies; the hermeneutical and other critical issues of modern biblical studies; the resources for understanding, preaching and teaching the NT. Evaluation through exams of key biblical terms and one paper; 25 max enrollment; Instructor approval required.
Wisdom and PsalmsOT 6013IntermediateGarrett Galvin, OFM
Wed 6:00pm-9:00pm
A survey of the wisdom material of the OT, seeing it as an attitude, a movement, and a literature. Wisdom theology is looked at within the context of the OT as well as our contemporary theological situation. Basic approaches to the study of the psalms, their language and literary forms will also be studied. Prerequisites: Intro to OT; 30 max enrollment; Instructor approval required.
Writings of Francis and ClareSP 5013IntroductoryWilliam Short, OFM
Mon 1:00pm-4:00pm
A careful reading of the complete writings of the two saints of Assisi, exploring their “Gospel form of life,” the
bases of Francis-Clarian spirituality; their images of God, Christ, Church, and the human person. All texts available in English translation. No previous study of Franciscan
sources necessary.
New EvangelizationST 6023IntermediateJohn Kiesler, OFM
Wed 1:00pm-4:00pm
This course will be an exploration of the meaning and practice of the New Evangelization in the light of history, the American context, ecclesial documents and
contemporary attempts at its implementation.
EcclesiologyST 7013IntermediateRussel Murray, OFM
Fri 2:00pm-5:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm
Sat 9:00am-4:00

Feb 7-8; Mar 7-8; Apr 4-5; May 9-10
This course will introduce students to the mystery of the
Church as a historically developing reality in which the People of God faithfully strive to understand and express what their life “in Christ” means both for them and for the world. Students will be challenged to see themselves as integral participants in the further development of this
mystery, and to develop the critical eye necessary to
seeing their present and future ministry in this light.
Theology of God and TrinityST 7023IntermediateJohn Kiesler, OFM
Mon/Wed 8:30am-10:00am
This is a basic course in the theology of God which begins
with contemporary challenges to belief posed by
secularization and science. Then there will be an
exploration of the historical development and theological
articulation of the Christian understanding of God as
triune. Finally, attention will be given to modern attempts
to understand the Trinity. Prerequisites: Introduction to
Theology.
Special Reading CourseSRC 5991-12Introductory
Special Reading CourseSRC 7991-12Intermediate
Special Reading CourseSRC 8991-12Advanced
MTS ThesisMTS 9001-12Advanced