Fall Semester 2019 Classes

Registration is currently underway for our 2019 Fall Courses. To register, please download the Course Registration Form and return to Kim Schulman. Please contact Kim Schulman with questions. The following course will be offered:

Liturgy and Sacraments
Malta Hall | Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fr. Paul Burke, JCL
August 26 - December 9

This course will explore the liturgical life of the Church, especially as it unfolds in the celebration of the seven sacraments. Students will study the relationship between Christian theology and the role of liturgy in the life of the believer and in the life of the Church. Consideration will be given to the development and theology of the Christian liturgy in both the East and the West, with emphasis upon the Roman Rite. Topics to be covered include:

  • the seven Sacraments as instituted by Christ and as understood in Scripture and Tradition
  • the relationship between the Sacraments and the Paschal Mystery, the economy of salvation, and the mission of the Church
  • the Vatican II constitution Sacrosanctm Concilium
  • passages from Aquinas’s Summa theologiae

(3 credit hours; audit fee $300)
Liturgy & Sacraments Course Flyer

The True Country of Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy: Catholic Writers in the Protestant South
Malta Hall | Mondays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. David King
September 19 - October 24

Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy were perhaps the most important American writers associated with the 20th century Anglo-American Catholic Literary Revival.  While O’Connor was a cradle Catholic, and Percy was an adult convert, both shared the same Southern cultural identity, and both created their best Catholic fiction in the context of the Southern Protestant Bible Belt, a region O’Connor referred to as the “true country.” O’Connor’s often violent fiction always represents what she called “the action of grace in territory largely held by the devil,” while Percy’s more urbane take on the South unveils the modern “malaise” that infects all aspects of society. Yet beneath the superficial realities of life in the South, both O’Connor and Percy discovered profound insights into redemption, mystery, and grace. This course examines the best work of each writer, including O’Connor’s short stories and Percy’s essays and his seminal novel The Moviegoer, and affirms that in their position as outsiders looking in, both writers were able to see more clearly the essence of life and faith that transcends regionalism.

(Audit fee $99)
Catholic Writers Course Flyer


Introduction to Classical Education
St. John Bosco Academy | Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Dr. Eric Wearne
September 10 - November 5

This course will provide students with an introduction to the concept of classical education and its recent renewal and growth in the U.S.  Using historical and modern examples, including The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools, students will learn about the history and structure of classical education including the trivium and quadrivium; the philosophical approaches behind classical and modern education; and practical applications of classical concepts. Topics to be covered include: A definition of “classical education”; Curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment in classical education; Ways in which a classical approach can help students to develop their moral imaginations.

(Audit Fee:  $99)
*St. John Bosco Academy is located at 4708 Shiloh Rd., Cumming, GA 30041

Bioethics in the Catholic Tradition
Cathedral of Christ the King | Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fr. Paul Burke, JCL
September 19 - October 24

Bioethics in the Catholic Tradition considers the ethical principles and values relevant to life and their application to the use of technology (particularly medical technology) to maintain, extend, and even produce human life. This course will explore foundational and current issues in bioethics in light of Catholic tradition and teaching.  It will provide students with an understanding of bioethics main terms and concepts, as well as decision-making procedures that students can use to discern and defend moral courses of action. Our two main areas of consideration are life’s beginning—reproductive ethics—and life’s end, but we will also apply our analyses to such questions as organ donation and human experimentation. These discussions will be particularly relevant on a practical level; most of us will face them in some form in our individual lives, and bioethical questions face all of us as a society.​ 

(Audit fee $99)
Bioethics Course Flyer


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