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For early Christians, the Scriptures were not only a source of doctrinal information. They were also “wells” from which worshipers drew “living water” and were refreshed (Origen), “chaste delights” for those who sought their inner meaning (Augustine), and “weapons of the spirit” in the battle against temptation of every kind (Evagrius). This course explores the Bible’s place in early Christian dogmatic debates, liturgical worship, moral and ascetical discipline, and patterns of prayer. As we approach the Fathers’ rich and complex engagement with Scripture, we will seek to identify and understand the theological principles that animated their biblical practice. In turn, we will consider how an appreciation of patristic scriptural exegesis might renew our own use of the Bible in prayer, study, evangelization, and catechesis.
The Catholic Church’s Social Teaching is as old as the Church herself, encompassing a vast array of issues, including the human person, abortion, war, genetic engineering, marriage, law, politics, poverty, work, international relations, and ecology. If it is possible to develop robust insight into the Catholic Church’s Social Teaching in one course, Benedict XVI’s singular gifts as a teacher make it so. As a theologian and later as Pope, Benedict XVI always began his exploration of the Catholic Faith with an implicit query: “What is the state of the question; what has been said so far?” He understood that all aspects of the Deposit of Faith must be understood in light of the entire Deposit of Faith. Thus, his pontifical writings combine historical depth, breadth of focus, and unity. In short, his work offers a remarkable summation of the Catholic Church’s Social Teaching. In this course, Benedict XVI emerges as guide to understanding, teaching, and living out the Catholic Church’s Social Teaching.
Dr. Gwendolen Adams earned her PhD at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, UK, and an MA in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, MN. She is experienced in a number of apostolic and academic endeavors, having served as a youth minister, farm intern, diocesan marriage tribunal advocate, mentor of Catholic undergraduate households, and teacher on the middle-school, high-school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. She lives in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, where she writes for Vianney Vocations and helps coordinate Crux, an annual camp sponsored by the Office for Vocations.
Father Daniel Cardó and Mr. Adam Bartlett
This course offers the opportunity to explore the relationship between the liturgy and the new evangelization through a deep investigation of the mysteries of the sacred liturgy as source and summit of the Church’s life and mission.
The course will assess the teachings of the Magisterium and the Church’s liturgical-theological tradition in relation to the Church’s mission to evangelize. It will explore the centrality of beauty and the sacramentality of the sacred arts in the liturgy, with a special emphasis on sacred music, in relation to beauty as aprivileged path for the New Evangelization.
Concrete applications will be proposed that will illumine the task of liturgical renewal in the context of the new evangelization in family and parish life through reflection on various liturgical activities and ministries.
A special feature of this Summer intensive course will be the opportunity to experience the principles discussed in class through the daily sung celebration of the liturgy of the hours.
Father Daniel Cardó was born in Lima, Peru, in 1975. He joined the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. His masters thesis on the Thought of Joseph Ratzinger was published by Eunsa (Spain). He earned his Doctorate in 2015, specializing in liturgy and early Christian literature. In 2007 he moved to Colorado, and was chaplain at St. Malo Retreat Center. In 2010 was appointed to Holy Name Parish, Denver. He is in charge of formation for the Christian Life Movement, chaplain at Christ in the City and teaches Homiletics and Patristics at St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver. He is also a board member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy.
Mr. Adam Bartlett is a composer, conductor and teacher of Catholic sacred music and serves as President and Editor of Illuminare Publications. He received his B.A. degree in Music from Arizona State University, his M.A. degree in Liturgical Studies from the Liturgical Institute of the University of St. Mary of the Lake, and studied Gregorian chant and English chant composition as an apprentice to Dom Columba Kelly, OSB, of St. Meinrad Archabbey. He is the composer and editor of Simple English Propers (CMAA, 2011), and is the editor of the Lumen Christi Series (Illuminare Publications, 2012-2017).
Active as a speaker, teacher, writer, and clinician, Adam presents on topics of liturgy, music, and the new evangelization throughout the United States and English-speaking world. He served as a parish and cathedral music director for over ten years, and as a faculty member for the Liturgical Institute and Mundelein Seminary of the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL. He has contributed articles to Adoremus Bulletin, Sacred Music and New Liturgical Movement.
Adam resides in Littleton, CO, with his wife and two daughters.
Professor Jim Beckman
This course will investigate the history of discipleship, looking back to Scriptural times and the early Church to explore the foundations of a discipleship model as the cornerstone to effective evangelization and formation. There will be a treatment of the overall process of conversion and the unique stages of spiritual development involved, culminating in the practical arena by evaluating current ministry models to identify key earmarks of discipleship and formulating new methodologies in the practical implementation of a discipleship approach. Key texts include: Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi; Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium; John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio; and Eims, The Lost Art of Disciple Making.
Dr. John Mortensen
This course offers a close examination of the spiritual theology of St. Francis de Sales, with an emphasis on the practicality of his teaching about the pursuit of holiness for the laity. The course will be built around a careful reading of the Introduction to the Devout Life, which will be supplemented with passages from de Sales’ letters, his Treatise on the Love of God, and selections from the writings of other spiritual masters, including the Carmelite Doctors and St. Thomas Aquinas.
Dr. John Mortensen is the President of the Aquinas Institute in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Visiting Professor of Theology for the Augustine Institute.