Online Certificate Courses

In preparation for St. John Vianney's rollout of its online M.A. in Theology Program, we are offering a number of online courses in the coming Fall Semester, some of which can be taken for credit. St. John Vianney College Seminary is the only freestanding bilingual college seminary in the United States whose core mission is the formation of seminarians in College and Pre-Theology. But it is also a fully-accredited institution of higher education currently offering onsite and online degrees. Please contact us for more information.

Current Courses Offered:

The Church and Islam: The Teachings of the Saints, Scholars and Popes
Dr. Paola Bernardini
The course intends to promote an understanding of the teachings of the Church on Islam, highlighting common beliefs and shared values, through the selected writings and lives of the saints, scholars, and popes. Individuals will be able to complete the module at their own pace through the online platform. A variety of teaching methods will be adopted, including videos, short-lectures, and focused readings. To obtain the certification, students will take a quiz at the end of each unit. Teachers, laity, religious, and clergy interested in acquiring knowledge and practical tools for engaging in a respectful dialogue with Muslims are all welcome to register.
Course Duration: September 14 - November 30, 2020 and May 17- June 28th, 2021
Pre-registration has concluded, but post-registration is available for the duration of the course.
Cost: $100
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A course on Apologetics: Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith
Dr. Ryan J. Brady

Apologetics is an examination of the reasons for belief. It enables Catholics to provide a defense (apologia) of essential doctrines of the Church. For this reason, the course will go over some good ways of proving God's existence, the reliability of the Bible, the truth of Marian doctrines, the role of the Sacraments, the Catholicity of the Early Church, etc. In view of what we learn on these matters, we will consider, by way of contrast, the claims of non-Catholic religions such as Protestantism, Islam, and Orthodoxy.
Course Duration: August 24, 2020 - May 05, 2021.
Pre-registration has concluded, but post-registration is available for the duration of the course.
Cost: $100
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Thomistic Ethics and Spirituality Online Certificate Program in conjuction with The Sacra Doctrina Project
The online certificate program will cover a number of topics, all of which culminate in a theological understanding of the teaching of the Angelic Doctor on ethics, morality, and the spiritual life. The program will be of interest to directors of religious education, catechists, continuing education for clergy, undergraduates who want to supplement their education, or those simply interested in examining the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas and its relation to the pursuit of holiness and the gift of beatitude. Courses are offered in:

Course 1) Moral Philosophy
Course 2) Moral Theology
Course 3) Particular Moral Issues   

Course 1) Generation of the Word    
Course 2) Incarnation 
Course 3) Redemption    

Course 1) Foundations of Sacramental Theology 
Course 2) Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, and Anointing of the Sick
Course 3) The Eucharist and the Liturgy          

Course 1) Mysticism in the Church Fathers 
Course 2) The Mendicant Mystics: St. Catherine of Siena, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Avila
Course 3) Charity and the Three Stages of the Spiritual Life     

Course 1) Holy Orders  (available now)
*Presently, only the first class in this course group is available at this moment

Course 1) Providence  
Course 2) Grace and Predestination 
Course 3) Sin and the Problem of Evil

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