A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

Friday, November 24, 2017
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DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
(In alphabetical order of the Course Titles/Subtitles)


 
Ad Audiendas Confessiones Review and Exam
Fr. Francis Alvarez, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D., Fr. Abundio Babor, Jr., M.S.C., S.T.D.,
Fr. Enrico Eusebio, Jr., S.J., J.C.D., Fr. Eric Genilo, S.J., S.T.D.

 
This is a practicum course in preparation for the examinations on the hearing of confessions.

Advanced Pastoral Methods
Fr. Jose Mario Francisco, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D.


Ancient Philosophy
Bro. Romualdo Abulad, S.V.D., Ph.D.

 
All Western philosophy begins in Greece. Martin Heidegger calls this the “first beginning,” and this is the content of our course on Ancient Philosophy. The course shall neatly move from the Pre-Socratic Philosophers, to the triumvirate of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, and end (if time allows) with post-Aristotelian philosophy.

Apprenticeship for Ministry I
TBA

 
This initial apprenticeship course for Doctor of Ministry students is administered by an expert and includes 40 hours of practicum in a more specific area of (a) Religious education (textbook writing, designing catechetical programs, actual teaching, catechists’ training, etc.), (b) Spirituality and Retreat Direction (spiritual direction, retreat-giving, lectures, etc.) or (c) Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care (actual counseling hours, preparation of programs, etc.).

Apprenticeship for Ministry II
TBA

 
This follow-up apprenticeship course for Doctor of Ministry students is administered by an expert and includes 40 hours of practicum in a more specific area of (a) Religious education (textbook writing, designing catechetical programs, actual teaching, catechists’ training, etc.), (b) Spirituality and Retreat Direction (spiritual direction, retreat-giving, lectures, etc.) or (c) Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care (actual counseling hours, preparation of programs, etc.).

Assessment and Initial Intervention of Individual and Relationship Disorders
Dr. Elizabeth Rondain, M.D. and Dr. Maria Teresa Villasor, Ph.D.

 
The main thrust of this course is to introduce the student to the common disorders encountered in the Philippine clinical counseling setting. The course is a weekly discussion on the individual disorders that may contribute to dysfunctional relationships. It will be complemented by a weekend module tackling the disruptive issues of the relationship disorders such as infidelity, separations and the ineffective patterns that may develop in the family system. Brief lectures, case studies, actual assessments and film clips will be used for experiential learning.

Co-requisite or pre-requisite: Pastoral Psychology and Counseling

Basic Concepts in Psycho-Sexual Formation
Dr. Ingeborg del Rosario, D.Min.

 
This course is designed to tackle basic concepts and issues essential in moving towards psycho-sexual maturity. The topics discussed are aimed to inform, engage and challenge the participants in their understanding of psycho-sexual formation in the context of consecrated life and ministry. A vital part of the formators’ work is also going through their own process of integration. The workshop will thus provide opportunities for reflection and processing about their own psychosexual growth. Participants will have ample chance to deepen the course input through individual consultations, sharing and group processes. Topics in this course include: Notions of Sexuality, Physical and Psychosexual Development, Development of Sexual Identity, Problematic Sexuality: Wounding and Healing, Affective Sexuality, Intimacy and Chaste/Celibate Sexuality.

Basics of Christian Spirituality
Sr. Auria Arabit, S.d. P., Ph.D.
not for regular STB or MA credit

 
This introductory course in spirituality includes an overview of the turning points of the history of spirituality (including the great mystical or spiritual leaders in the East and West); the key areas and movements of Christian spirituality; how spirituality relates to theology, religious practices, religious institutions and churches, major philosophical trends, and religious devotions or rituals. The course also provides a basic training in Ignatian discernment, spiritual direction and retreat-giving.

Biblical Greek I
Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J., S.T.D.

 
This course is the first part of the year-long introductory course in New Testament Greek. The second part will be tackled in the second semester. The course follows a modern linguistic approach to learning Biblical languages developed by the Biblical Ulpan of Jerusalem. Greek will be taught in Greek and not through a second language, which will lead to faster learning of the material. The pronunciation used in this course retains the same sound distinctions (phonemes) in the pronunciation system as were used by speakers of the first and second century of the Common Era.

At the end of the first semester students should have mastered about 700 forms and acquired some fluency in reading NT Greek. At the end of the second semester students should have acquired a knowledge of basic grammar together with the ability to read and understand simpler NT Greek texts.

Minimum number of students: 6

Biblical Greek III
Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J., S.T.D.

 
This course involves the rapid reading of New Testament texts. The purpose of the course is to increase facility in the language and comprehension of New Testament texts.

Pre-requisites: Biblical Greek I and II. Minimum number of students: 4

Biblical Hebrew I
Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D.

 
Hebrew I is an introductory course to the language of the Old Testament. It covers chapters 1-23 of Thomas O. Lambdin’s Introduction to Biblical Hebrew which deal with the alphabet, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, articles, pronominal suffixes, construct chains, and the QAL forms of the verbs. The students are expected to do the exercises in the textbook. Quizzes, oral reading practice, and periodic exams will be given to gain mastery of the language.

Biblical Hebrew III
Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D.

 
This course consists in the translation and cursive reading of selections from the narrative texts of the Hebrew Bible. It will also include discussions of topics on advanced grammar and syntax using Waltke-O’Connor’s An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Students should now begin to invest in books needed for their future study of the Old Testament, among which are the Hebrew Bible and a Hebrew Dictionary.

Pre-requisites: Theo 211.1-2/BH 201-202 Hebrew I and II

Book of Revelation (Tutorial)
Dr. Markus Locker, Ph.D.

 
This course studies the theology of the Book of Revelation in its social, historical and religious context from the historical-critical point of view. Hereby, students are introduced to the literary genre of apocalyptic literature marked by distinctive features like visionary experiences or journeys to heaven, often involving vivid symbolism. A careful reading and study of the text is accompanied by a survey of the most influential interpretative approaches throughout history (histoicist, preterist, futurist, idealist) and followed by questions concerning a contemporary understanding of the writing.

Canon Law I
Fr. Enrico Eusebio, Jr., S.J., J.C.D.

 
This initial course in canon law is developed around three key questions: (1) In what sense is the Code of Canon Law of 1983 the final document of the Second Vatican Council? (2) Who make up the Church, the People of God, and what are their rights and duties? (3) How is the People of God organized in order to serve its purpose? Part I of the course provides a basic introduction to the theology and history of canon law, with special focus on the new ecclesiological developments at Vatican II which guided the revision of the old Code of 1917. Part II looks into the communion of the Church as composed of the laity, clerics and consecrated persons, having their own unique charisms and ministries that build up the one Body of Christ. Part III studies the organization of the People of God on the level of the local, particular and universal Church.

Christian Social Ethics (A)
Fr. Eric Marcelo Genilo, S.J., S.T.D.

 
The course studies the development of the Church’s Social Teaching from Rerum Novarum (1891) to Centesimus Annus (1991). The historical and cultural context of the writing of each document is discussed, as well as the contribution of each document to the shaping of the Church’s position on social issues. The course also provides an appreciation of the pastoral application of Catholic social teaching in documents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. Themes in the Church’s social teaching are discussed such as human dignity, solidarity, common good, participation, subsidiarity, private property, dignity of labor, economic development, peace and disarmament, and option for the poor. Other special topics include capital punishment, just war and Church ethics.

Christian Social Ethics (B)
Fr. Romeo Intengan, S.J., M.D., S.T.L.

 
This course systematically reflects, in the light of Christian faith, on a correct approach to addressing, in ethically appropriate ways, the specific problems in societal life, and on the concrete ethical guidelines and norms that arise from such an approach. It integrates some of the main orientations and content of the social teaching of the Church.

The course is presented in two parts: the first, fundamental Christian social ethics; and the second, concrete Christian social ethics.

Fundamental Christian ethics consists of reflection upon the theoretical foundations of Christian social ethics. Among the main themes involved here are the correct methodology, the general categories, and the fundamental values of Christian social ethics, and a concrete theoretical and practical framework for mediating Christian social ethics for the present historical moment. The concrete mediating framework for Christian social ethics chosen in this course is the ethics of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.

Concrete social ethic studies the moral questions and problems that Christians have to confront in the course of living their societal commitment. These questions and problems will be grouped into seven areas. The first area – of basic importance for the whole of concrete Christian ethics – is that of human rights. The second area is that of the basic unit of society – the family. The third, fourth and fifth areas have to do with the three basic societal systems: the economy, culture, and politics. The sixth area is that of the natural environment. The seventh area is that of social conflict, social violence, and social change.

Christian Worship (A)
Msgr. Sabino Vengco, S.T.D.

 
An introduction to the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church, the course studies the nature and scope of sacred liturgy based on its Christological and ecclesiological foundations.  The history of liturgy and the liturgical renewal of Vatican II are considered, as also liturgy’s ministerial, hierarchical, communal and communication dimensions. Key principles of sacramental theology are explained including the imperatives of inculturation, in view of further study of the individual sacraments.

Christian Worship (B)
Fr. Errol D'Lima, S.J., Ph.D.

 
The course introduces the student to the notion of (1) Worship (as seen in comparative religions and in the Church), (2) Liturgy (as understood and celebrated in the total public worship of the Church), and (3) General Sacramental Theology (as the transforming action of Jesus Christ). The historical dimension will feature in (2) and (3) as also some important magisterial teaching.

Christian Worship (C)
Fr. Genaro Diwa, S.L.L.

 
The course is an introduction to the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church. Beginning with the experience of worship and ritual in life, it considers the nature and scope of liturgy, its Trinitarian dimension, the liturgical assembly and various component elements of celebration. Key principles of sacramental theology are explained with a view to further study of the individual sacraments.

Christology
Fr. Manuel Francisco, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
and Fr. James Kroeger, M.M., D.Miss. (B)

 
The course gives a survey of the Christian understanding of Jesus Christ as first witnessed to in the Bible and later systematized by Christian tradition.  The question of methodology in studying Christology is broached, after which the course focuses on Jesus’ public ministry, with its emphasis on the proclamation and inauguration of the Kingdom of God, and culminating in the Paschal Mystery.  The course ends with conciliar Christology, especially that of Chalcedon.

Church and Mission (MA, Section B)
Leadership for Mission (STL)
Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D.

 
Pastoral leadership must never be an end in itself but is always directed towards the Church’s mission. This course helps participants gain a renewed understanding of the mission of Christ in bringing about God’s kingdom of love, and how this mission continues in the Church today especially in the context of their own countries. The social teachings and social mission of the Church are given a renewed emphasis, particularly through the teachings of Pope Francis on evangelization, justice and ecology. Participants bring these teachings into dialogue with concrete signs of the times through tools for social analysis, including the pastoral cycle.

Church History I: First to Thirteenth Centuries
Fr. Antonio de Castro, S.J., E.H.D. (A)
Fr. Albert Flores, E.H.L. (B)

 
The course will introduce the student to the history of the Church from its beginnings to the high middle ages (13th century). It will pay close attention to several historical movements of the Church: from its Palestinian base to the wider Mediterranean world of the Roman Empire, from the collapse of this empire through the Barbarian invasions and their consequences for Church life, structure and doctrine. The course will also give a general account of Early Christianity’s diffusion to the East, and to the autonomous development of Eastern Christianity, with its base at Constantinople. It hopes to address in a general way developments in the Western Church in the areas of church organization and structure, spirituality, and doctrine, particularly through a consideration of the early councils.

Church History II: Fourteenth Century to the Present
Fr. Antonio de Castro, S.J., E.H.D. (A)
Fr. Albert Flores, E.H.L. (B)

 
The course is an introduction to the study of the history of the Catholic Church from the 14th century to the present era. It presents three foci of this history, tracing the origin and develop-ment of each. First, Catholic Reform, the Protestant Reformation and the Council of Trent, through the Age of Absolutism and the rise of the nation-state. Second, the Tridentine Church and the French Revolution, with particular attention paid to the Age of Enlightenment and Rise of Liberalism. And third, the long road to the renewal and aggiornamento of Vatican II, including the relationship of the Church to the social question. The course also takes a look at the grand missionary enterprise undertaken during this period of history, highlighting in the process its links with the colonizing spirit of the time and its attempts to free itself from such a spirit. Finally, it also deals with Vatican II and the legacy it has bequeathed to the Church in the third millennium.

Conflict and Parish Management Consulting (MA)
Management: A Pastoral Approach (STL)
Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D.

 
This course helps participants understand the task of management and approach it from a Christian faith perspective. It facilitates a close examination of management by the People of God through the lens of Scripture and the teachings of the Church, drawing lessons for how pastoral workers can approach their management responsibilities today as cooperators with God. Based on this foundation, practical skills for communal discernment, developing common vision, implementing action plans, improving institutional structures, office administration, networking and use of modern technology are shared. The course also deals with the key topic of working with people as collaborators in the mission of Christ, including personnel development, communication, building teams and handling conflicts. Participants are helped to adapt these skills to their specific organizational settings such as parishes, schools, dioceses, religious communities, formation institutes, social centers and other ministries.

Discernment and Spiritual Direction
Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D.

 
The course is a study of Ignatian discernment in the context of spiritual and retreat direction.

Doing Theology in Context
Fr. Errol D'Lima, S.J., Ph.D.

 
God’s revelation reaches humankind through a transforming action that brings about the total realization of the person in community. This action of God takes place in the different contexts of human history. Theological method seeks to understand the dynamics of this action in the different contexts so that we can engage in a programme of theologizing that is relevant to the people we serve in today’s context. Against a background of development in theology, the course considers FABC, feminist, black, tribal and similar theologies.

Essentials of Parish Leadership (MA)
Leadership: A Pastoral Approach (STL)
TBA

 
The course begins with an examination of leadership within the Christian faith tradition and its evolution in secular scholarship. It encourages a reflection on the principles, attitudes and behaviours of leadership consonant with a pastoral approach. Through personal stories, group discussions, self-evaluation tools and creative exercises, participants examine their own conceptions of leadership as well as their past experiences of leading and following in various contexts. The importance of self-awareness is emphasized, along with practical ways of managing oneself especially in relations with others. The course also discusses issues of authority and power, and helps participants identify and channel their own sources of power in a positive and life-giving way. To personally integrate these challenges, participants learn how to take action and, with the help of others, develop a supportive environment for personal transformation and conversion.

Expository Writing and Research Methods I
Ms. Rose Marie Regalia, M.B.A. (A)
Ms. Josephine Nolasco, M.A. (B)

 
This course focuses on developing and refining skills in writing papers that students need in effectively expressing themselves as an academic writer. The course is organized into three parts in increasing complexity: Sentence Skills, Paragraphing, and Research. In strengthening students’ sentence skills, this unit includes reviewing grammar structures, sentence combinations, appropriate use of vocabulary and punctuation. Paragraphing is intended to refine students’ skills by employing the five patterns of expository writing (Comparison and Contrast, Process, Clarification, Cause and Effect, and Definition) with a higher level concentration on Theology and subjects with social relevance. Finally, research writing empowers students to further develop their skills by creating their own report research paper. Throughout the course, an environment of writing as a process will be adopted to create a clear, engaging and meaningful work.

Expository Writing and Research Methods II
Ms. Rose Marie Regalia, M.B.A.

 
This course is devoted to refining skills in writing papers to equip the students with the necessary tools in writing academic papers, particularly argumentative papers. The course is organized into two parts: review of learned skills from Expository Writing and Research I and the process of Argumentative Research Writing. In order to reinforce and establish the necessary foundations involved in writing, the students are exposed to exercises and academic discussions of the concepts taken in the previous course, particularly sentence patterns and paragraphing.

Family Dynamics and Counseling Approaches
Fr. Arsenio Lumiqued, Jr., M.S.C., Ph.D. (A)
Ms. Antonia Siy, M.A. (B)

 
The course introduces students to a psycho-spiritual approach for helping families challenged by the issues of adjusting to change brought about by normative developmental transitions as well as by situational crises. Using the basic framework of family systems theory, the course surveys the major therapeutic methods of assessment and intervention as applied in the Philippine context. Various learning approaches are directed at training students to become sensitive to the socio-cultural influences on family dynamics and to adopt multiple perspectives in identifying pastoral opportunities and resources for caring and growth. Particular emphasis will be given to applying learning to the trainee’s own family, seen as a foundational task in the development of the person of the pastoral family counselor.

Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: Pastoral Psychology and Counseling

Formative Processing Skills
Dr. Ingeborg del Rosario, D.Min.

 
“Formative processing” is a means of deepened reflection wherein an individual in the context of formation is helped to arrive at an expanded perspective, greater understanding, acceptance and owning of a significant personal experience. This is a skills-training course divided into two parts. Part 1 will offer inputs to teach and refine various skills pertinent to effective formative processing. Part 2 will give participants the opportunity to practice and have their processing skills critiqued and assessed.

Foundations for Directed Retreat
Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D.

 
Foundational to the ministry of retreat-giving and spiritual direction is a deep experience of God’s love and the experience of accompaniment that helps one to notice, relish and respond to God’s person and action in oneself and one’s world. Hence, every applicant to our Directors’ formation modules are required to go through an individually-directed retreat preferably guided by a CIS-formed director. Course requirements: reflection papers, book reports, and others, to be assigned at the discretion of the Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

Fundamental Moral Theology
Fr. Eric Marcelo Genilo, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
Fr. Abundio Babor, Jr., M.S.C., S.T.D. (B)

 
This course seeks to give a historical, practical, and pastoral approach to the study of fundamental moral theology. It presents the historical richness and diversity of the Church’s moral tradition, seeking to provide the student with an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the resources of the tradition. By tracing the history of the development of the Church’s moral teaching, the syllabus seeks to relate the Church’s on-going moral discernment with the development of the Church’s self-understanding as it journeys through human history. Through the use of cases, the course will illustrate methods of moral analysis, the application of moral principles, the dynamics between magisterium and conscience, and pastoral approaches to difficult moral cases especially taking into account the social and cultural realities in the Asian context.

Fundamentals of Directed Retreat-Giving
Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D.

 
This second module of the Formation Course formally introduces participants to the ministry of retreat-giving and spiritual direction as a ministry practiced with the intent of animating individuals, communities or even whole institutions. The participants are guided through conferences, case studies, real case spiritual direction demonstrations and workshops aimed at providing basic knowledge, skills and dispositions on spiritual direction and retreat-giving whether in individually-directed retreat formats or conference retreat formats. Module 2 of the Summer Formation course is also offered on a staggered basis as the Study Circle on Spiritual Direction and Ignatian Retreat-Giving. Course requirements: reflection papers, book reports, and others, to be assigned at the discretion of the Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

Pre-requisite: Foundations for Directed Retreat

Fundamentals of Human and Christian Formation
Dr. Ingeborg del Rosario, D.Min.

 
This course presents the essential perspectives on how to understand human and Christian formation in the contemporary context. Input and discussions focus on the following topics: framework of human formation, formation in the Christian tradition, theories of human formation and development, the psycho-spiritual integration process, perspectives on change and transformation, and perspectives on formative spirituality. Exposure to formative processes like self-awareness exercises, counseling, spiritual direction, and discernment is also part of the course.

Giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D.

 
Module 4 provides an opportunity for participants to acquire a working knowledge of the specific parts and texts of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The course is designed to equip the participants with adequate knowledge and skills in order to give the Spiritual Exercises in daily life. The process seeks to guide participants through conferences, reflective reading, personal and common prayer, faith sharing and spiritual direction, whether one-on-one or in groups. Course requirements: reflection papers, book reports, and others, to be assigned at the discretion of the Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

Pre-requisites: Foundations for Directed Retreat, Fundamentals of Directed Retreat-Giving and Supervised Retreat-Giving Experience

God One and Triune (A)
Bro. Joaquin Yap, Jr., S.W., D.Phil.

 
This doctrinal-pastoral course on the living of Christian faith seeks to understand, interiorize, and proclaim the Trinitarian mystery as the central vivifying truth which responds to the deepest questions of the human heart. After a brief consideration of the present-day context of un-belief, the course gives a systematic exposition of the doctrine of the Trinity by means of Scripture and Tradition. The concluding lectures underline the pastoral dimensions of this doctrine which is meant to be the “deepest source, closest inspiration and the brightest illumination of the meaning of life that we can imagine” (Leonardo Boff).

God One and Triune (B)
Fr. Fernando Guillen Preckler, Sch.P., S.T.D.

 
The Mystery of God: An Inquiry on the Holy Trinity. The capital aspect of the Christian Creed that summarizes and enlightens the whole Faith is the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. In-deed, we discover in the Trinity the everlasting source of the Design of Salvation, the deep meaning of the Incarnation of the Word, and the final horizon of the History of Mankind. Our course intends to explain the Trinitarian problem in the Asian context today, to analyze the biblical and historical data about the Holy Trinity with clarity and precision, and to summarize briefly the meaning of Catholic teaching on the Holy Trinity.

Growing in Religious Vows
Dr. Ingeborg del Rosario, D.Min.

 
This course is designed to enable formators to become more effective in accompanying others to live and grow in the vowed life both in early and continuing formation. The dynamics of living poverty, chastity and obedience will be discussed vis-a-vis the psychological dynamics that these entail.  Related issues in sexuality, power, authority, stewardship, and possession will be tackled in the light of the vows.

Holy Orders
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D.D., S.T.D.
Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio, S.J., S.L.D.

 
The course studies the contemporary theology of ordained ministries and especially the presbyterate; the ordained ministries and the origins of the Christian Church; the emergence of the Catholic priesthood in the Church’s magisterial teaching, especially in Trent, Vatican II and the Synod of 1971; outlines of a contemporary theology of the presbyterate, including current disputed questions.

Homiletics
Msgr. Sabino Vengco, S.T.D.

 
An appropriation of the theology of the Word of God and of the homily as basic faith nourishment of the Christian assembly is essential to the art of preaching in the Catholic Christian celebration of the Holy Eucharist. This pastoral course will involve study and practical exercises on the principles of proclaiming God’s Word, utilizing the “Homiletic Directory” by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (2014) and emphasizing the interplay of the Gospel texts with the Old Testament and other New Testament readings.

Introducing Theologies of Migration
Dr. Emmanuel de Guzman, Ph.D.

 
The course focuses on methodological approaches in doing a theology of migration. It begins with anthropological-sociological perspectives to understanding the migrants’ experiences, and then deals with samples of attempts at doing systematic theologies from the migrants’ contexts. Students will participate in the construction of theologies for and with the migrants.

Introduction to Pastoral Methods (MA)
Leadership in Context (STL)
TBA

 
This course takes a closer look at leadership in the context of the Catholic Church, especially in the light of Vatican II. By examining the event, the teachings and the “spirit” of the Council, it discusses new understandings of leadership emerging since Vatican II. Just as important is the cultural context of leadership. The teachings of the universal Church are brought into dialogue with one’s own culture. This course also helps participants cultivate a habit of critical reflection and identify paradigms of leadership that are culturally-conditioned. Attitudes and skills for greater cultural intelligence and sensitivity are also imparted.

Introduction to Philosophy
Fr. Jose Mario Francisco, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D.


Introduction to the Mystery of Faith
Fr. Ronald Bagley, C.J.M., D.Min.
not for regular STB or MA credit

 
This course is an overview of the essential elements of the Christian Faith. It provides the students with a basic introduction to Christology, which is the systematic faith reflection on the person, ministry, teaching and significance of Jesus Christ as presented in the Gospels, the first ecumenical councils and various christologies. Students will be guided in identifying “moments” of faith, hope and charity in one’s life in order to appreciate theological studies as a critical reflection on a living faith that is expressed within the context of a community called the Church. The course includes practical exercises and a modest research project to foster active and fruitful appreciation of the fundamentals of the faith.

Introduction to the Old Testament
Fr. Manuel Montesclaros, S.J., S.S.L.
not for regular STB or MA credit

This course introduces the students to Church teaching regarding Scripture in general and Biblical inspiration. It guides the students through the world of the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament which reflects the socio-political and religious history and ideals of ancient Israel. The following topics are treated: 1) the Bible and the Literature of the Ancient Near East; 2) the formation of the canon of the OT; 3) the books of the Torah; 4) the books of the Prophets; 5) the books of the Writings; 6) the overall message of the Old Testament and its relationship to the New. The course offers pedagogical tools in interpreting the Old Testament and in explaining and proclaiming the Sacred Scriptures to students and parishioners and to whomever the participants minister.

Islam and Christianity: An Introduction to Islam for a Christian Audience
Fr. Greg Soetomo, S.J., Ph.D.

 
This course is an introduction to the religion of Islam. There will be a discussion to demonstrate how the beliefs and practices of Islam have relationship with (and similarities and differences from) the Christian system of thought and teachings. The purposes of this course are: 1) to provide a succinct introduction to the religion of Islam as well as its history and civilization, at least in its intellectual aspects; 2) to explore the diversity of theological and philosophical interpretations of Islamic doctrines and even of Islamic Law (despite a sense of unity that has at all times dominated everything Islamic); 3) to facilitate better mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims.

Israel’s Wisdom Literature
Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D.

This is an introductory course on the wisdom books of the Bible: Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth, Sirach, Wisdom, Wisdom Psalms, etc., including the wisdom Psalms. A discussion of the characteristics of wisdom in the Bible, its sources and transmitters, its recurring themes, the various literary forms in which it is expressed, etc. will provide a general overview of the topic. After this, a more thorough discussion of each book — its content, structure, and theology — will be undertaken. A verse by verse exegesis of a chosen pericopê from each book will enable the students to explore with greater depth the theological outlook of the biblical sages.

Italian I
Fr. Rogel Anecito Abais, S.J., S.T.L.

This is an introductory course in Italian. It will familiarize the student with the fundamental elements of Italian grammar covering nouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and the conjugation of verbs in the indicative mood. While the primary emphasis of the course is in developing the student's reading skills towards understanding theological texts, some attention will also be given to spoken Italian. The primary textbook will be “In italiano, corso Multimediale di lingua e civilta a livello elemantare e avanzato” by A. Chiuchiù, F. Minciarelli, and M. Silvestrini. It will be supplemented with materials such as Biblical texts, church documents, liturgical songs, and others. The students will be required to acquire a good English-Italian/Italian-English Dictionary.

Latin I
Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio, S.J., S.L.D.

Latin I is an introductory course to the basic grammar of Latin. There are no pre-requisites to the course, only a sincere will to study.

MA Comprehensive Exam Review
Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J., S.T.D.

In order to assist MA students in reviewing the courses and in preparing for Part I of the MA Comprehensive Exam, LST provides review classes in every first and third quarters of the academic year; correspondingly, oral exams are held in the second and fourth quarters. Review classes consist of seven (7) sessions of three (3) hours each. This is equivalent to half a semester of classes. There is an introductory session for an overview of the theses; five sessions for the five courses; and a final integration or synthesis class. The thesis statements cover the following Foundation Subjects: Revelation-Faith, Christian Worship, Christology, Ecclesiology and Fundamental Moral Theology.

Management of Pastoral Programs in Migration
Fr. Restituto Ogsimer, C.S., M.A.

 
The course trains students in skills in pastoral planning, implementation and evaluation of programs with migrants and the families left behind. These programs include, though not exclusively, migration programs organized and implemented in the parish setting. The course includes as well training for advocacy and networking on migrants’ issues. The course will also offer possibilities of exposure to organizations and parishes involved in the migrant ministry.

Marital/Premarital Dynamics and Counseling: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach
Dr. Myrna Joyce Sanchez, Ph.D., and Ms. Ma. Elvira Macabuag, M.A.

 
The course will start with a Marriage Preparation Program, dealing with premarital psychodynamics, assessment for readiness in marriage through the use of premarital assessment instruments, followed by educative counseling. It will then explore the sources and patterns of interactional conflicts among couples, both marital and premarital, focusing on their socio-cultural, psycho-emotional, sexual, and spiritual underpinnings, followed by the sources and patterns of interactional growth, accenting the psycho-spiritual experience of authentic love. The course will end with several basic operational models for marital counseling. A content-and-process methodology will be used.

Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: Pastoral Psychology and Counseling

Medieval Philosophy
Fr. Antonio de Castro, S.J., E.H.D.

The aim of this course is to introduce the student to topics of medieval philosophy and of individual medieval philosophers by exploring the background to a particular philosophical issue and studying the way a number of medieval authors dealt with the issue.  Such topics are God, metaphysics, epistemology, anthropology and ethics.  This approach allows the student to see the advantages and disadvantages to various solutions to the philosophical topic under study, using the medieval thinkers as their guide. It also gives the student the historical background and contextual practice they need to be able to read and understand unfamiliar medieval philosophical texts.  The course will also attempt to relate these topics to contemporary theology and unpack their relevance to current ecclesial practice, e.g., the sacraments.

Metaphysics
Bro. Romualdo Abulad, S.V.D., Ph.D.

Metaphysics is the study of being, arguably the most important course in systematic philosophy. The course will offer a general overview of the entire history of metaphysics from the time of its foundation among the Greeks to its critique by the moderns until its reformulation in our own (postmodern) times. The seminal works of three landmark philosophers will be taken up: Aristotle’s Metaphysics (together with St. Thomas Aquinas); Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time.

Methods and Materials of Research: Writing and Library

A) Academic Style Module
Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J., S.T.D.

The Academic Style Module includes training in the Turabian style applied to theological writing, the correct method in using data from sources, guidelines to avoid plagiarism, use of software, and other exercises to train students writing theological research papers. It is different from the LST Propaedeutic English course (Expository Writing and Research) which trains the students in grammar and basic expository writing.

B) Research Techniques for Theological Libraries
Fr. James Kroeger, M.M., D.Miss.

This practicum is designed to assist students in maximizing the use of a theological library, such as that of Loyola School of Theology. It emerges from the practical, concrete need of students to effectively discover and use theological sources for writing research/synthesis papers, particularly theses and dissertations. Often, important resources are missed and considerable time is wasted, because students are unaware of the library's resources and they do not know how to systematically do research in a theological library.

This ten-hour "hands-on" practicum or workshop is offered periodically throughout the semester; no credit is given; however, a modest registration fee is asked. Individual professors may prescribe this practicum as a pre-requisite to doing a major paper or writing a thesis. Students who take this workshop should have been enrolled at LST for at least one semester.

The entire practicum will be offered on one weekend: Friday (1:00 – 4:45 pm); Saturday (8:00 am – 12:00 nn and 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm). Each weekend session is limited to fifteen students.

Methods in Religious Education
Fr. Francis Alvarez, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D.

While the main method we will focus on in this course is Thomas Groome's Life-Faith-Life approach, we will also consider and evaluate various ways people have been formed in faith in the past and apply what we can learn from them to our post-modern context.

Migration in Catholic Social Teaching
Fr. Graziano Battistella, C.S., Ph.D.

The first part of the course traces the historical development of the teaching of the Church on the pastoral care of migrants, with particular attention to the major documents issued by the Popes and the Roman Curia. The second part will focus on the teaching of the Churches in Asia and on some thematic aspects.

Parish Leadership Spirituality (MA)
Leadership Ethics for Pastoral Care (STL)
TBA

This course provides an important grounding for pastoral leaders in the Church’s teachings on morals, ethics and virtues. Through a combination of theoretical knowledge, case studies and reflection on practical experiences, the course helps participants deepen their appreciation of the rich ethical wisdom that the Catholic faith tradition has to offer, and its application in various contemporary leadership situations. This will be complemented by an equally important focus on spirituality, through facilitated workshops on Christian prayer, growing in relationship with God, developing habits of contemplation and reflection, and deepening in personal authenticity and leadership spirituality. The sessions help participants grow in faith and moral maturity, whatever their stage of life, and are complemented by retreats, prayer and worship at EAPI, personal accompaniment and spiritual direction made available for all.

Pastoral Counseling with Children and Adolescents
Dr. Ma. Teresa Villasor, Ph.D.

This course provides theological, theoretical, and practical foundations for a comprehensive exploration of assessment, treatment, and advocacy of children (through adolescents) from psycho-socio-spiritual perspectives. Utilizing a basic understanding of pastoral counseling and marriage and family therapy, the DSM‐V system theories, Solution Focus and Narrative Theories, and interventions, the course explores the diagnostic criteria for assessing children (through adolescents) and providing counselling for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. Close attention will be given to how the child’s symptoms affect family homeostasis and how parental emotional and behavioral problems impact the behavioral and emotional health of children.

Pastoral Group Process
Fr. Arsenio Lumiqued, Jr., M.S.C., Ph.D.

The course will give opportunity for students (a) to make a review and survey of the different theories in group counseling (like Person-Centered, Psychoanalytic, Gestalt, Hypnotherapy, etc.); (b) to experience these theories in a small growth group in class; and (c) to facilitate a small pastoral growth group outside class. The students will learn how to use the Structured Learning Experiences (SLE) and Process-Observation-Analysis (POA) which are important in facilitating groups. Priority will be given to students who are already involved with a group in their parish/church, work, or civic organization.

Pre-requisite: Pastoral Psychology and Counseling (or its equivalent). Maximum number of students: 12.

Pastoral Psychology and Counseling
Ms. Leilani Lopez, M.A. (A, B)  [Section A for Third year STB; Section B for Second year STB]
Fr. Juvenal Moraleda, C.Ss.R., S.T.L. and Ms. Ma. Elvira Macabuag, M.A. (C)
Fr. Teodulo Gonzales, S.J., Ph.D. (D)  [for Second year STB]

The course offers a basic understanding of psychological realities and an experience of the basic helping skills for individual counseling, as an aid to pastoral care in the Philippine context. The first part of the course deals with the psycho-dynamics of personality development, intrapersonal and interpersonal, normal and abnormal, and relevant cultural factors. The second part of the course treats the principles of a humanistic-Christian approach to individual pastoral counseling, focusing on basic helping skills. The course ends with metapersonal (societal) dimensions of pastoral care from a psycho-spiritual viewpoint.

Pedagogy of the Psalms
Fr. Francis Alvarez, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D.

Approaching the Psalms in an interdisciplinary way, this course explores the Psalter not just as a text to be studied but as a practice to be enfleshed. With the help of Jack Mezirow's insights on transformative learning, Robert Kegan's subject-object theory, and Walter Brueggemann's categorization of the Psalms, we will try to answer how the Psalter teaches and forms us.

Pentateuchal Studies (A)
Sr. Helen Graham, M.M., Ph.D.

After an introduction to the Pentateuch/Torah, its place in Jewish life and its relationship to the Christian Bible, this course will take up briefly some current issues in Torah/Pentateuchal studies; the shifting paradigm in contemporary research; an overview of the five divisions of the Pentateuch/Torah: Genesis through Deuteronomy; and an in-depth focus on as many selected portions as time permits. Particular focus will be given to encountering the text through a study of the weekly Torah readings.

Pentateuchal Studies (B)
Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D.

The course deals with the history of Pentateuchal research; the themes that bind the Pentateuch together; and the Levitical and Deuteronomic theologies of those who have written, compiled and edited the Pentateuch. This course includes the exegesis and rhetorical analysis of some key passages in the Pentateuch.

Philosophical Plausibility of Christianity
Fr. Johnny Go, S.J., Ed.D.

 
This course aims to demonstrate the necessity and value of "doing philosophy" in the study of theology by: (a) problematizing the assumptions underlying Christian Catholic doctrines and practices, and (b) demonstrating a fundamental warrant for both religious belief and religious reasoning.

These goals will be accomplished not only through recourse to traditional scholastic philosophy, but also through an unlikely alliance with a major contemporary and secular philosophy of the natural and social sciences: Roy Bhaskar's critical realism.

By the end of the course, students are expected to have the language and knowledge to discuss the intellectual plausibility of the basic truth claims of Christianity, as well as to refute major contemporary counter-Christian schools of thought, such as modernist and postmodernist anthropocentrism, positivism, determinism, reductionism, and relativism.

Philosophy of the Human Person
Fr. Renan Michael La Guardia, S.D.B., Ph.D.

This course is an inquiry into man as a being-in-the-world-with-others from the Hellenistic period of the history of Philosophy up to the postmodern times with a special emphasis given to the three major expressions of this absorbing interest in human existence: Existentialism, Phenomenology and Personalism. The readings and discussions are designed to offer a fuller realization and deeper appreciation of the beauty and dignity of the human person, the meaning of his/her life and existence in the world, the concepts and values he/she holds about truth, love, justice, freedom and death, and his/her relations with God, with others and with his/her very self.

Pneumatology from Asian, Indigenous, and Catholic Perspectives (Online)
Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D.

This course aims to nurture an awareness of the mystagogical process by which Ruach Elohim (God’s Spirit) is at work in the lives of individuals and in the world, fulfilling the promise of the Son that “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and will remind you of all that I have said to you” (John 14:26). Students will engage with readings that show the historical development of pneumatology in the Catholic Church as the Church interfaces with different cultures and contexts, touching on expressions of this understanding in the Hebrew Bible and Christian Scriptures, Latin and Eastern Churches, Vatican II, the FABC, and post-conciliar theologians. Learning will be facilitated by personal journaling and weekly papers.

Pope Francis’ Vision of a Renewed Church
Fr. James Kroeger, M.M., D.Miss.

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, his 2013 apostolic exhortation, presents a profound vision of a renewed and dynamic Church, a Church that has taken a “missionary option,” which is “capable of transforming everything” (27); he seeks to shape the Church into a “Community of ‘Missionary Disciples’” (120). This course examines the central elements of Francis’ vision of a transformed Church; it also explores links between Francis’ vision of the Church and our Asian context.

Various specific topics to be explored are: the Church “with doors always wide open” (47); Church leaders and evangelizers that take on “the smell of the sheep” (24); a Church that reaches the “peripheries” (20) and “the fringes of humanity” (46); “a Church which is poor and for the poor” (198); a Church which values “the evangelizing power of popular piety” (122); a Church which reads “the signs of the times” (51, 108), engages in the “new evangelization” (239), and practices profound “mercy” (114) and the “revolution of tenderness” (88).

In a word, Pope Francis’ vision of the Church enunciated in The Joy of the Gospel provides the core subject matter for this course. The methodology employs an occasional film or documentary, class discussion, and theological/missiological input by the professor. Students will be required to make a brief group presentation and submit short reflection papers.

Presiding at Liturgy
Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio, S.J., S.L.D.

 
The course is required for fourth year theology students in the seminary course and are about to graduate. It specifically deals with ars celebrandi, the “how-to” of liturgical celebrations, especially the Mass. Attention is paid to rubrics, and other practical matters viewed helpful to a priest in the pastoral setting. Requirement: practicum on the celebration of the Eucharist.

Psalms, The Songs of Israel
Pastor Federico Villanueva, Ph.D.

This course is a study of the psalms – their origin, literary genres, theological themes, and liturgical use in Ancient Israel as well as in contemporary Christian worship. Discussions focus on the major themes found in the psalms, such as Davidic kingship, messianism, wisdom, personal faith and piety of the psalmists, etc. Form-critical exegesis of representative psalms, including the analysis of elements and techniques of Hebrew poetry will be undertaken in the class lectures.

Responsible Financial Management and Fund Raising (MA)
Management Skills for Pastoral Leaders (STL)
Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D.

Based on the pastoral approach to management, this course covers practical tools and competencies in management such as pastoral planning, change management, project management, budgeting, risk management, stewardship, finance basics for leaders, and fund-raising, including project proposal writing. The course takes the form of hands-on workshops where participants are encouraged to apply the tools to actual projects that they have been doing or intend to undertake. The exercises include both individual and group work.

Revelation-Faith (A)
Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J., S.T.D.

The first part of the course makes a historical and systematic survey of the theology of revelation and its development from: Scripture, the Church Fathers, the age of the Enlightenment, the advent of the Church Councils, with particular focus on the Christ-event and on Dei Verbum, and from theological reflections by contemporary theologians regarding the words and deeds of God in the Son and the Spirit, disclosed to and received by the world, and proclaimed in the words and deeds of the Church as a community constituted by the constantly revelatory Trinity. The course will also include a discussion on religious pluralism and the unicity and universality of the Christ-event in a multi-creedal, multi-cultural world, including the question of ongoing revelation. The second part of the course studies and analyzes the notion of faith − beginning from the Scripture, the Church Fathers, pertinent theologians and Church councils. It will conclude with a discussion on the crucial dynamic of faith and grace in the life of the individual, and more importantly, in living as community, as Church.

Revelation-Faith (B)
Bro. Joaquin Yap, Jr., S.W., D.Phil.

Fundamental theology endeavors to study the foundational reality of Christianity and theology, which is the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. This revelation seeks a response of faith from the human addressee. Part I begins with an overview of the treatise on revelation, and examines successively: revelation as occurrence; revelation as doctrinal and historical; revelation as mystery; credibility and the signs of revelation. Part II considers the biblical foundation of the profoundly human experience of religious faith. This is followed by a rather rapid survey of faith in the history of dogma and theology. The course ends with a theological reflection on the paradoxes of faith.

Sacraments of Vocation
Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio, S.J., S.L.D.

The course takes up the Sacraments of Matrimony (first quarter) and Holy Orders (second quarter). It will systematically deal with each of the two Sacraments from the viewpoint of historical development, theological reflection, and liturgical celebration. Relevant pastoral questions relating to these two Sacraments are taken up in class. A requirement of the course is a practicum on the celebration of the two Sacraments.

Social Justice Issues in 8th Century BC Israelite Prophecy
Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D.

This workshop course investigates the problem of social injustice in the 8th century BC Israelite society and studies the prophetic response and condemnation of it in Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, and Micah. A semantic analysis of some key words used by the prophets — e.g., mišpāṭ, ṣǝdaqâ, etc. — will also be undertaken.

The students will be guided in their individual research project. They will be required to present orally the fruit of their research in class and in a term paper to be submitted at the end of the semester.

Soteriology and Mariology
Fr. Manuel Francisco, S.J., S.T.D.

The course follows the material presented in Christology I by exploring more deeply the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ.  Soteriology seeks to more adequately grasp and elucidate the saving work of God in Christ, based on Scripture and Tradition, and this task continues to contemporary times.  The course also gives due importance to the role of Mary in the economy of salvation, and her inextricable link both to her Son and to the community of those who believe in him.

Spirituality and Praxis of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue
Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D., and Dr. Ma. Teresa Guingona-Africa, Ph.D.

 
This course confronts real-life challenges of new evangelization in our complex multicultural and multi-religious milieu. It provides relevant tools and concepts drawn from anthropology, cultural studies and the history of ideas, and interface them with Church teachings and contextual theologies. These lessons may prove useful in facing issues of identity confusion, ethnic conflicts, and religious extremism as well as in appreciating the emergence of new forms of solidarity and search for wholeness and peace. Classroom seminars will be enhanced by occasional guest practitioners of interfaith and intrafaith dialogue, both from major religious traditions and indigenous spiritualities. Those assigned in formation, education, social action and cross-border mission may benefit from the course, as they will be able to produce and take home frameworks for a dynamic context-sensitive ministry.

Supervised Retreat-Giving Experience
Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D.

 
This Module 3 provides occasions for supervised retreat-giving experiences, focusing on a practicum experience for individually-directed retreats. Participants are guided through a review and deepening of the learning of Module 2 and then initiated into directing 1-3 retreatants making 4-day individually-directed retreats, while receiving one-on-one supervision with our Center staff or associates. After the practicum, participants gather together for appropriation sessions on retreat-giving. Only those who satisfactorily completed Module 2 qualify for this third module. Course requirements: reflection papers, book reports, and others, to be assigned at the discretion of the Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

Pre-requisites: Foundations for Directed Retreat and Fundamentals of Directed Retreat-Giving

Synoptics (A)
Sr. Mirasol Navidad, R.S.C.J., Ph.D.

 
The course is an exploration of the historical setting, literary relationships, content, and interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels with special attention to the theological perspectives of Mark, Matthew and Luke as reflected in their varying presentations. Likewise, attention will be given to the distinctive portrait of Jesus that each gospel presents.

Synoptics (B)
Fr. Francis Alvarez, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D.

 
Our study of the Synoptic Gospels begins with a close reading of Mark. We will then look at how Matthew and Luke develop the literary genre of "gospel," see what each evangelist adds as theologian and pastor, and explore how Mark, Matthew, and Luke can be bearers of good news today.

Synoptics (C – Online)
Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J., S.T.D.

Students are introduced to the Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke. Background for an understanding of each gospel, overview study, and more detailed exegesis of chosen passages will lead course participants not only to a better understanding of each gospel, but also to an appreciation of each evangelist as a theologian and pastor.

Since the Gospel of Mark forms the backbone for the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the focus of the course will be on the Gospel of Mark. However, the Gospel of Mark will be studied synoptically, i.e. importance will not only be given to what Mark said about Jesus and his mission, but also how Matthew and Luke, the earliest "commentators" interpreted Mark.

The Bible and People of God on the Move (Tutorial)
Fr. Mariano Cisco, C.S., S.T.D., cand.
Frequency of meetings to be arranged by the professor


The course explores some of the Scripture texts in which God’s people are presented as descendants of outsiders. In the New Testament, Jesus comes as a “foreigner” and offers a new perspective to discover in every encounter with the migrant something unique of God’s experience and to appreciate hospitality to the stranger as the pastoral challenge of our time.

Theology of Ministry
Fr. Ronald Bagley, C.J.M., D.Min.

This course provides the theological foundations of Christian ministries. It surveys scriptural foundations, historical developments and theological principles, as well as accompanying pastoral implications, for ministries in the Church today. Some relevant contemporary issues include: empowering laity; lay ministries; collaboration in ministry; women in ministry; priesthood; diaconal ministry; religious life and ministry; ministerial practices and ethics. The ordained ministry is examined in the more comprehensive context of Church ministries.

Turning Points in Church History
Fr. Rene Paglinawan, O.A.R., S.T.L.
not for regular STB or MA credit

The course guides the students through two millennia of Church history: from the Early Church to the Second Vatican Council. It pays close attention to several historical developments and movements in the Church from its beginnings to the present period and their consequences for Church life, organization, structure, spirituality and doctrine, particularly through a consideration of the councils and synods of the Church.