The Fall 2022 semester is approaching fast, and the Sacred Heart faculty and staff are looking forward to welcoming back all our students. The coursework for our various programs this upcoming semester, taught by esteemed instructors, is designed to enrich the minds and hearts of our students. These four courses about Catholic theology, philosophy, Christian tradition, and the Holy Spirit are among the many compelling classes offered this fall.
Introduction to the Catholic Faith Satellite Class in Shelby Township (THE 123)
Our gateway theology class will be "on the road" for students in the Macomb County area. This course is meant to be the first theology class in all of our undergraduate programs. It is an introduction to the Catholic faith as expressed in the Nicene Creed, and covers the sources of our faith, the major doctrines of the Catholic Church, and an introduction to the method of theology. The course will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Shelby Township on Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The course will also be offered in a fully online format and at Sacred Heart Major Seminary on Friday mornings from 9:00am to 11:10am.
Philosophy for Theology Students (PHL 415)
This course is designed specifically as a new prerequisite course for students who have undergraduate degrees in other fields, but who wish to enter one of the Masters programs in Theology and Pastoral Studies. Dr. Philip Blosser will give students the philosophical background they need to better understand and explain Catholic theology. The course covers essential topics such as nature, substance, causality, and God’s existence. This class will meet on Mondays from 6:15pm to 8:30pm at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
The History of Christian Spirituality (SP 735)
The Catholic Church is rich in spiritual tradition, with many great saints who have contributed to our understanding of how to grow in prayer and communion with God. In this masters-level class, Dr. Patricia Cooney-Hathaway will guide students through the major spiritual classics, and how changes in history and culture impact our understanding of spiritual growth in the Christian tradition. The course also provides a chance for students to reflect and integrate what this tradition means for their own lives today. This class meets on Mondays from 6:15pm to 8:30 pm, with the option of taking the class in-person or online.
Online Course: The Mission of the Spirit (NE 928)
While there are plenty of Catholics who feel like they have some understanding of God the Father or Jesus, the Son, many still struggle to truly understand how the Holy Spirit moves within the Church and our lives. Dr. Daniel Keating will lead our Postgraduate Certificate students and Licentiate in Sacred Theology students through an exploration of the theology of the Holy Spirit, focusing especially on the role of the Spirit in the plan of salvation. The class will look at how this understanding has grown throughout history, and how that history impacts our view of the Holy Spirit today. This is a fully online course.