IPS Summer Program in Rome
July 7 – 17, 2013
Graduate-level courses include on site visits to important sites and class time at the John Felice Rome Center. Evenings and weekends are free to explore Rome and the environs on your own.
CHRISTIAN ORIGINS: AN EXPLORATION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (IPS 416)
This course serves as an introduction to and an overview of the history and theology of the New Testament. The class explores the themes, messages, and theologies of the New Testament, with "field trips" to St. Peter's Basilica, St. Paul's outside the walls, the catacombs, the Colosseum, the house church of St. Clement, and other sites significant for the study of the New Testament in Rome. The New Testament truly comes alive when studied in the city of Peter and Paul.
Brian Schmisek, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies
LITURGY AND THE CHRISTIAN SACRAMENTS (IPS 541)
This course will examine the seven Catholic Sacraments as specific encounters with the great mystery that is God, whose saving presence and action break into our lives through our experiences of Christ in and through the Holy Spirit. As liturgical celebrations of Christ's Body, the Church, the Sacraments not only express our faith in God's love and presence, but also, by their very celebration, bring us into an encounter with God's grace and work to form and shape us more and more into the image of Christ in the world. This course also examines the complicated theological, religious, and cultural origins of the liturgy and the sacraments. We will analyze how these elements developed and changed as a pastoral response to the needs of the Church communities throughout time. Finally we will look at the liturgy and sacraments in our own day and envision how the Church can respond pastorally to our own times and how it might respond in the future. Our tours of Rome will offer a remarkable chance to see this liturgical history in living stone, right in the heart of Christendom. We will have the occasion not only to discuss our liturgical tradition, but also to celebrate the liturgy in places where the very first Christian communities developed these traditions.
Heidi Russell, Ph.D. is the Graduate Program Director of the MA in Pastoral Studies at the Institute of Pastoral Studies.
THE FOUNDATIONS OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY (IPS 545)
Christian spirituality (i.e., the ‘lived experience of Christian faith’) has its foundation in the Incarnation, God taking flesh in Jesus Christ. It has evolved with manifold expressions as Christ’s Spirit has been lived in specific social and cultural contexts. Thus, in the academic field of Christian spirituality we ask: “How have Christians lived their faith over the centuries? How are they living it today?” We will experience some of these lived expressions, from the monumental to the humble, in the history and art of Rome.
Stephen Krupa, S.J., Ph.D., is the Graduate Program Director of the MA in Spirituality program at the Institute of Pastoral Studies.
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