6110. Graduate Proseminar. Required of all first-year students, this one credit course is an introduction to
the fields and methods of theological study for ministerial formation. Registration
and active participation in all sessions constitute completion of the requirement.
Proseminar is offered only in the Fall semester, with both on site and online options.
Graded on a pass/fail basis.
6311. Liturgy and Sacraments. 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.).
6312. Moral Theology. A critical survey of fundamental moral theology, including the distinctiveness of
Christian morality, conscience formation, natural law, moral norms and decision-making.
It provides an entrée into special moral theology, which includes bioethics, environmental
ethics, healthcare ethics, sexual ethics and social ethics.
6313. Systematic Theology. Structured reflection on the Christian communal experience of faith and how that
faith is understood, expressed and lived out in the Catholic tradition. It invites
dialogue among students and with the formative elements of Catholic tradition to consider
theological method (i.e., How do we do this work properly?), doctrinal clarity (i.e.,
What does our formative tradition teach?) and pastoral practice (i.e., How do theology
and pastoral realities influence one another?). Topics of special focus include revelation
and faith, the Triune God, Christology, Christian anthropology and the theology of
the church, including Mary and the saints.
6314. Church History. This course offers a survey of the development of the Catholic Church through the
lens of its magisterial, ministerial and spiritual components. The growth of the Church
in the apostolic, medieval, reformation, modern and contemporary eras and see how
this development has impacted understanding of faith and ministry in the Church today.
6320. Theological Reflection. Forming a basis of spirituality for ministers, theological reflection is a discipline
designed to recognize God’s activity within the context of ministry. Systematic reflection
on students’ spiritual journey and experiences enter into dialogue with scripture,
church history, church teaching, current pastoral needs and the lived faith experience
of the people of God.
6321. Old Testament. This course surveys the theologies of the Old Testament in light of their historical,
social and cultural setting, with application of those theologies to contemporary
ministerial and practical contexts.
6322. New Testament. Students survey the theologies of the New Testament in light of their historical,
social and cultural setting, with application of those theologies to modern ministerial
and practical contexts.
6324. Gospel of Mark. Mark is thought to have been the first gospel written, likely for Roman Christians
who had experienced severe persecution under Nero. Students in this course will delve
into the gospel and consider its historical setting, its portrait of Jesus and its
attempt to apply the message of Jesus to a then contemporary situation: first-century
6327. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. The theology and historical import of Paul’s Letter to the Romans on topics such
as Christology, justification, original sin, God’s relationship to Israel, Reformation
issues and recent interpretations.
6330. Ministry in the Church. The contemporary phenomenon of ministry in the Catholic Church from the view points
of theology and pastoral practice. Theological exploration focuses on biblical visions
of ministry, the history of ministry in the church and its doctrinal underpinnings
and implications, especially in ecclesiology. Pastoral consideration reflects on attitudes,
knowledge and skills necessary for effective pastoral ministry in today’s church.
Integrating these perspectives, the course includes discussion of issues related to
the contemporary ministerial scene and critical ecclesial documents on ministry formation.
6331. Pastoral Administration. This course explores the purpose and function of a parish in the life of the church
and the role of pastoral administration within it. Students consider the theology
and experience of parish life and reflect on many of the key ministries necessary
for its success, including ministries of Word, worship, service and community building.
Pastoral skills for planning, leadership, administration of temporal goods, communication
and managing relationships are among topics considered.
6333. Pastoral Aspects of Canon Law. An overview of Canon Law (Roman Rite), especially as it pertains to pastoral ministry.
Particular attention is afforded to canonical dimensions of the obligations and rights
of the Christian faithful, the structure, authority, mission and ministry of dioceses
and parishes, sacramental ministry and penal procedures.
6334. Liturgical Leadership. A practical introduction to liturgical leadership. Focus is on the pastoral implications
of the Catholic principle of sacramentality and its influence on the understanding
of liturgical action and what that means in actual liturgical celebrations. Attention
given to liturgical planning and to lay-presiding at devotions, the Liturgy of the
Hours, the Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Communion and Sunday Celebrations
in the Absence of a Priest.
6373. Homiletics and Pastoral Proclamation. Consideration of key ways in which the proclamation of the Word communicates and
builds up the essential mission and identity of the church. Students are expected
to reflect theologically on the Word of God, both as listeners and as proclaimers,
to understand the various roles and offices involved in proclamation of the Word and
to practice the pastoral skills required for effective proclamation.
6V71. Pastoral Ministry Internship. Supervised placement in your ministry concentration providing a structured experience
of field education. Working with a supervisor in your field with hands-on experience
in ministry while developing yourself, your goals and your understanding of this ministry
field. Graded “Pass” or “No-Pass”. Students may register for the course more than
6V78. Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.). This is a practicum in hospital-based pastoral care, which is available in cooperation
with local hospitals whose programs are accredited by the National Association for
Clinical Pastoral Education. Graded on a pass/fail basis.
6V90. Ministry Capstone. The final major initiative of the Master’s of Pastoral Ministry degree. It is designed
to indicate how students have integrated coursework into ministry. This three-credit
course (one credit for Youth Ministry concentration) is completed during the final
semester through a hands-on experience in the ministry concentration. By completing
a Capstone Project students will demonstrate the ability to think critically, integrate
the theology appropriate to ministry, plan and execute a ministry and/or research
project and reflect theologically on ministry. Capstone projects require detailed
applications and written approval by School of Ministry faculty supervisors several
months prior to registration.
6336. Catechetics and the Development of Faith. Introduction to the history, theology and practice of catechesis. Including the methods,
content and curriculum of contemporary catechesis, with particular focus on age-appropriateness
and faith and its maturation in people.
6338. Models of Catechesis. Survey of emerging models and approaches to catechesis including conversation and
mutual learning about approaches across the lifespan to assist those preparing for
or already bearing this responsibility. Particular attention given to the Rite of
Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) as a model for the catechetical journey,
adult catechesis, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, family catechesis, intercultural
catechesis, small Christian communities and youth and young adult catechesis.
6354. RCIA for Pastoral Ministers. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults with its particular approach to the baptismal
catechumenate has been called “the source of inspiration for all catechesis”. Critical
analysis of the theology inherent in the ritual text that drives this “process of
formation and true school of faith” through each of the four catechumenal stages.
Exposure to the history of the rite, practical aspects of the catechesis that precedes
and follows the ritual experiences, liturgical theology and liturgical catechesis
inherent in the rite. Special attention given to Part II: Rites for Particular Circumstances,
especially for children of catechetical age and application of inspirational principles
of the catechumenate to pastoral practice.
6342. Healthcare Ethics. Contemporary developments in biology and medicine confront society with new and ever-complicating
moral problems, which sometimes challenge Christians’ basic sense of the meaning of
life. The principles and norms of Catholic moral theology that are relevant to the
questions and issues faced in healthcare today.
6353. Documents of Vatican II. The Second Vatican Council was called by Pope John XXIII to preserve and promote
the church’s heritage in a pastorally effective way in order to meet the demands of
the day. Study of the Council, the four constitutions and their implementation. Survey
of the Concilliar decrees and declarations and develop an understanding of their impact
on the role of the laity.
6355. Contemporary Parish. The theology, structures, leadership and ministries of today’s parish. We will look
at contemporary parish models, their emerging trends, demographic changes; the theory
and practice of pastoral leadership, the person of the pastoral leader and parish
ministries. Grounded in an understanding of ecclesiology. Seminar format developing
an understanding and theology of parish and what is needed to sustain parish life
in the 21st century.
6357. History of Spirituality. Spirituality marks the inner life of the church. Throughout history spiritualities
have developed in reaction to, or in support of, the outer life of the church. Survey
course exploring traditional Catholic spiritualities, their main movements, personalities
and contemporary expression in our spiritual lives today.
6V50-6V51. Special Topics. Courses offered on an occasional basis allow students and faculty to pursue special
interests in areas of ministry and theology that are not offered regularly. The Dean
determines the selection of topics in consultation with faculty and students.
6V91. Directed Readings. As a course arranged between instructors and students, this tutorial allows students
to undertake an in-depth reading program on a topic of particular interest. It requires
a detailed proposal by students that is approved, in writing, by the instructor and
Study in Rome
The Neuhoff School of Ministry occasionally offers students the opportunity to earn
graduate credit at the university on the beautiful Rome campus. The campus is located
in the Alban hills twelve miles southeast of Rome in a locale called Due Santi, where
tradition holds that Saints Peter and Paul stopped along the Appian Way. Courses are
offered on an ad hoc basis and are open to new and current Neuhoff School of Ministry
students, visiting graduate students, or anyone wishing to audit the course. About
40% of class time is spent on guided learning-tours in and around the city of Rome.
During the evenings and on weekends, the students may experience Rome and the surrounding
area on their own. Learn more about the Neuhoff School of Ministry's Rome Program.