Fall Semester 2020 Courses


Registration is currently underway for our Fall 2020 classes. Due to COVID-19, we will offer all classes online via Zoom. To register, please contact Kim Schulman at kschulman@holyspiritcollege.org. The following courses are open to both non-degree seeking and enrolled students: 


THEO 515 – Fundamental Theology

Tuesdays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
September 1 - December 15
Dr. Matthew McWhorter


Course Description:  Sacred theology takes its starting point with Divine Revelation, God’s self-communication to the Hebrew Patriarchs, Prophets, and the original Apostles, a historical event which culminates in the Person of Jesus Christ. This course will explore the event of Divine Revelation, consider the means whereby this Revelation is transmitted (Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium), examine how doctrine provides a symbol of this communication and develops over time, and investigate the 55 theological virtue of faith which is oriented toward God through the medium of his historical selfrevelation. The course will also treat the distinction between public and private revelation, inspiration and prophecy, the fides quae and the fides qua, as well as that between faith and works. (1.5 credit hours; $150 audit fee. $450 for credit)


THEO 675 – Catholic Bioethics

Mondays | 9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
August 31 - December 14
Fr. Paul Burke, JCL


Course Description:

Bioethics, the application of moral reflection to the fields of medicine and biological scientific research, is a relatively new field of study. This course will examine some of the most urgent contemporary issues and debates within bioethics.

Given new medical and scientific technologies, how should we respond to human suffering, especially among the most vulnerable? How do we care for those at the beginning and end of their lives, given the intrinsic dignity of human persons? How do we reconcile apparent conflicts between promoting the common good and respecting individual autonomy? How are limited resources to be fairly and justly allocated? What are the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of allocation of resources, restrictions and moral obligations?

While the course will include a brief survey of the variety of ethical frameworks and theories used to answer such questions, it will focus on the Catholic moral tradition, particularly the tradition of natural law, virtue ethics, and the implications of the concept of personhood. (1.5 credit hours; $150 audit fee, $450 for credit)


Basic Catechist Certification 

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
September 12 - November 14


Course Description: The Basic Catechist Course is intended to equip beginning catechists with sufficient background knowledge and skills to begin teaching. It centers around the four dimensions that should be developed and balanced within a catechist:  the catechist as an individual, theology, characteristics of learners, and teaching methods. Topics of discussion include the spirituality of the catechist, overviews of scripture, of Catholic morality, of Church history, and of liturgy and the sacraments, among others. The course also includes discussion of child/adolescent development, various teaching methods, and session planning and management. Some experiences outside of class are required, including Safe Environment  Training, which should be completed at one’s local parish/school. This course follows the curriculum of the Archdiocese of Atlanta as outlined in the document “Communicating the Catholic Message." (course fee: $150). 


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