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Immaculata University Announces Spring Theology Courses

Immaculata University, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, announces a religion certificate program designed for diocesan teachers, catechists, and liturgists. In addition to its regular three-credit theology offerings, Immaculata is providing one-credit academic courses that may be used to satisfy the diocesan requirements of Theology electives from a Catholic college. Also available are workshops that equal 1.5 archdiocesan credits. These educational opportunities are designed for teachers who are seeking their Professional Religion Certificate from the Office of Religious Education.
The following one-credit courses are being offered this spring. Cost for each course is $335 for one credit, $30 for diocesan teachers, catechists, and liturgists. These courses can also be taken as non-credit workshops for $160.
SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS OF HOLISTIC NURSING. This course empowers nurses and people entrusted with the care of others to integrate spirituality into practice. It offers a forum for sharing information, resources, and experiences. Gail Lehner, MSN, APRN, BC, will lead this class on Saturdays, January 14 and 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

FORGIVENESS: THE BEST REVENGE. This course explores the theological, biblical, and pastoral aspects of mercy and forgiveness. It includes an in-depth analysis of Luke 15 and Psalm 51. Students discuss the process of forgiveness and its place in the lives of contemporary Christian disciples. Sister Sheila Galligan, IHM, STL, STD, will lead this course on Saturdays, January 21 and February 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

JOHN PAUL II: THE FEMININE GENIUS. This course delves into Pope John Paul II´s teaching on the nature of woman, her dignity and vocation, and her role in the Church today. Special emphasis will be given to Mary "the highest expression of the feminine genius." Elizabeth Riordan will instruct this class on Saturdays, January 21 and February 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

VATICAN II AND SUNDAY MASS. At the core of Catholic/Christian life is a response to the Christ-event. This course examines Vatican II´s insight into Sunday Mass as the response of the community which makes and keeps the Church faithful. Sister Regina Foy, IHM, will lead this class on Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. This course examines the suffering and death of Jesus through an exploration of the Gospels and the film, "The Passion of the Christ." Pastoral and personal applications will be noted. Craig Tavani will lead this class on Saturday, February 11 and 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

THE WORD IN WORSHIP: PROCLAIMER AND PROCLAMATION. With renewed appreciation of the Vatican II´s goal of restoring the balance and connection between word and sacrament in liturgical practice, this course explores the nature and critical role of the proclamation of the Word of God in the celebration of the liturgy. Sister Regina Foy, IHM, will instruct this class on Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28, and April 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

GETTING ACQUAINTED: JOHN PAUL II. This course examines the life and impact of John Paul II at the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC. It includes perspectives on John Paul II´s personal witness, literary legacy and theological vision. Students meet at Immaculata University on Friday, March 31, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. for an overview and the context of the Saturday program. On Saturday, April 1, students will leave at 8:00 a.m. from Immaculata by bus for Washington, DC, and return by 8:00 p.m. (cost of bus $30). Joseph Aquilante is the instructor for this class.

MARY: DOCTRINE AND DEVOTION. This course examines Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, Mother of the Redeemed, through a visit to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The focus of discussion during the bus trip will be an understanding of Mary in Scripture, Mary in Doctrine, and Mary in liturgical and private prayer. Sister Sheila Galligan, IHM, STL, STD, will lead this course. Students meet at Immaculata on Friday, March 31, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. for an overview. On Saturday, April 1, students will leave at 8:00 a.m. from Immaculata University by bus for Washington, DC, and return by 8:00 p.m. (cost of bus $30).

RELATIVISM: THE DEATH OF TRUTH. What makes an action right or wrong? Who are we to judge the actions of people from other cultures? Are all moral values relative to one another? This course provides answers to these questions in the light of Christian morality and practical reasoning. Students will come to appreciate that morality and truth are not relative but intimately related to the person of Christ. Henry Poce instructs this class on Saturdays, April 8 and 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information on these workshops, please call the College of LifeLong Learning at 610-647-4400, ext. 3241.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.