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2014 School of Ministry Summer Courses

This summer, students will have three opportunities to immerse themselves in their studies in a highly focused way for a short period of time. 


Summer Intensive Program

This annual 2-week program will feature two classes. Classes will meet four hours daily, Monday through Friday, for two weeks.

Regular Summer Course

The School of Ministry will also offer a course in the regular summer schedule for the university. Classes will meet for two hours, Monday through Thursday, for five weeks.

Registration Information

Current SOM Graduate Students

Current graduate students may register for the summer courses during early online registration in April. Please reference the Summer 2014 Course Offerings when registering. Please note all classes require at least 6 enrolled students to be offered.

Non-Credit Continuing Education Students

Those seeking continuing education are invited to enroll in the summer intensives program, as well. Please note, Dr. Raiche's course, Liturgy and the Sacraments, is not available for continuing education. Catechists and teachers are especially invited to participate in these courses for continuing education credit (at the discretion of their diocese, parish or school). The Registration Form and payment ($300) may be mailed to: 

School of Ministry
Attn: Michele Meny
1845 E Northgate Drive
Irving, TX 75062

Special Students

If you are not currently enrolled in the School of Ministry graduate programs but are interested in taking one of the summer courses for credit or audit, you may enroll as a special student. To be considered for admission as a special student, you must fill out the Special Student Application, pay the $50 application fee, and submit transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary schools. The admission deadline for a special student interested in this program is May 15, 2014. Once you are admitted, you will be assisted with registration.

For more information and the application components necessary to be a Special Student, please visit the Non-degree Seeking Students page. 

Program Details

Course Apocalyptic Literature: Its Message and Significance Then and Now The Fathers of the Church: Biblical Interpretation and Doctrinal Development Liturgy and the Sacraments 
Format Onsite Onsite Onsite

6/9/14 - 6/20/14

6/9/14 - 6/20/14

6/9/14 - 7/9/14


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monday - Friday
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Monday - Thursday
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Professor Gene Giuliano, M.A. James McGill, M.A. Dr. Diana Dudoit Raiche, Ph.D.
Course Description

Apocalyptic literature can be vast and confusing. Perhaps no other literary form elicits such a variety of responses. Some choose to ignore it. Some attempt to discern from it a divinely revealed timetable for the end of the world. Some even use it for profit. As inspired Scripture, however, apocalyptic literature has a message that is universal to people of faith in all times and places.

This course is intended to help students appreciate the significance apocalyptic literature has for today's faithful. We will explore its historical and cultural contexts; analyze its characteristics and symbolism; and examine its message for the original hearers. We will consider a sampling of canonical and non-canonical Jewish and early Christian apocalyptic writings, paying particular attention to the Books of Enoch, Daniel, and Revelation. Our ultimate goal will be to address the following questions: What does apocalyptic literature mean to people of faith? How does it play into the day-to-day lives of people who live that faith? How is it relevant to people who seek to understand more fully the faith they profess?

This course will explore the rich and intriguing ways the Fathers of the Church interpreted Scripture. We will examine selections from their commentaries, homilies and theological reflections. With equal emphasis, we will focus on the doctrinal development of the Patristic period. Particular attention will be paid to Christology and Trinitarian theology, but other doctrinal issues will be discussed as well.

Christianity during its earliest centuries was a remarkably diverse movement. The wide ranging concerns, values, beliefs and practices of the Church Fathers present a fascinating tapestry to contemporary students who are largely uninformed about the depth and extent of this rich testimony. This treasury of early Christianity needs to be rediscovered and explored by believers in the twenty-first century. In so doing the depth and diversity of the early Christian heritage will be reclaimed for the challenges facing the faithful today.

Liturgy and Sacraments. This 5 week course offers a critical survey of the history, theology and liturgical celebration of the sacraments according to the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, with special attention given to the role of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

(R .C .I .A .).

Required Texts

(to be read before class begins)





Please note all classes require at least 6 students to be offered in the summer term.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Michele Meny
Coordinator of Graduate Enrollment & Student Services | 972-265-5814

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