Online Certificate Courses for FALL 2020

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, 2020 - November 30, 2020.
Pre-registration has concluded, but post-registration is available for the duration of the course.
Deadline: Friday, August 21, 2020.
Cost: $100
To apply for this course click here: www.sjvcs.edu/certificate-courses-form


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 - December 11, 2020.
Pre-registration has concluded, but post-registration is available for the duration of the course.
Cost: $100
To apply for this course click here: www.sjvcs.edu/certificate-courses-form
 


 

Understanding the Church’s Consistent Ethic of Life A Course in Catholic Social Theology
Fr. Ferdinand R.S. Santos, Ph.D.
We Catholics are sometimes regarded by persons at opposite ends of the political spectrum as a peculiar bunch of people; we march for the defense and sacredness of life, but we're equally insistent on defending the rights of the poor and marginalized in our midst. The course looks into the principles (philosophical, scriptural, anthropological and theological) that underpin this unique ability of Catholicism not only to tie together seemingly disparate points of view but also to unify them into a consistent ethic that truly upholds the dignity of the person, from the moment of conception to natural death, and every stage in between.
Course Duration: August 24, 2020 - December 11, 2020.
Pre-registration has concluded, but post-registration is available for the duration of the course.
Cost: $100
To apply for this course click here: www.sjvcs.edu/certificate-courses-form


Exploring Pope John Paul II’s Philosophical Work “The Acting Person"
A Course on Karol Wojtyla’s Personalism and the Foundations of the Catholic Understanding of the Human Person
Fr. Ferdinand R.S. Santos, Ph.D.
Why is the Catholic Church the only religious community on the entire planet that has an whole body of doctrine devoted to the dignity of man and his relationship with other persons? Sometimes referred to as "the Church's greatest secret", contemporary Catholic Social Thought owes a great deal of its underlying structure and methodology to the philosophical writings of the great teacher of social doctrine himself, St. John Paul II. In his monumental philosophical work, "The Acting Person", the philosopher-pope carefully outlines the basic philosophical matrix of what eventually underpins his theological anthropology and social theology. The course is a discussion of the most important elements of St. John Paul II's philosophy.
Course Duration: August 24, 2020 - December 11, 2020.
Pre-registration has concluded, but post-registration is available for the duration of the course.
Cost: Donation
To apply for this course click here: www.sjvcs.edu/certificate-courses-form


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.
For more information please visit: www.sacradoctrinaproject.org/certificate

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