A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

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DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
(Course Titles/Subtitles in alphabetical order)
 
Apprenticeship for Ministry I
TBA (A)
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 (A)
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.).
 
Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, Anointing
Fr. Genaro Diwa, S.L.L. (A)
This course studies the history, theology, liturgy and spirituality of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Penance and Anointing of the Sick.
 
Basic Concepts in Psycho-Sexual Formation
Dr. Ingeborg del Rosario, D.Min. (A)
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 in the Renewal of Religious Education:
Contemporary Approaches to Religious Education
Sr. Auria Arabit, S.d.P., Ph.D. (A)
This course begins with a study and evaluation of the methods in formative dimensions of the new approaches to the worship dimension of Catholic Faith.  It then focuses on an in depth study of the liturgical renewal, the Sacramentality of the ritual sacraments, and spirituality, from the theological educator’s “Practical Theology’s” perspective.
                                          
Biblical Greek II
Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
This course is a continuation of Greek I where the rest of the basic grammatical principles will be tackled. At the end of the course, the students will hopefully be acquainted with more verb tenses, the participles, third declension, the mi-verbs, etc. As usual, reading and parsing exercises on excerpts from the New Testament will be the primary means to aid retention and mastery. Vocabulary building will also be another major aim.
 
Biblical Greek IV
Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
This course is a continuation of Biblical Greek III.
 
Biblical Hebrew II
Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
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 Hebrew Bible and a Hebrew dictionary.
Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew I
 
Biblical Hebrew IV
Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
This course consists in the translation and cursive reading of selections from the poetic texts of the Hebrew Bible – psalms, proverbs, and prophetic oracles – as well as selections from late Biblical Hebrew texts of Job and Qoheleth. It will also include discussions of topics on advanced grammar and syntax using Waltke-O’Connor’s An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax.
Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew I, II, and III
 
Biblical Hermeneutics and Research Methods
Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
A study on Biblical interpretation: its history, principles, theories, and methods of interpretation of the biblical text. The course includes a practicum on how to use various research tools: e.g., lexicons, concordances, biblical dictionaries and encyclopedias, maps, gospel parallels, interlinear Bible journals, abstracts, periodical index, computer software and websites, etc.
 
Canon Law II
Fr. Enrico Eusebio, Jr., S.J., J.C.D. (A)
Canon Law II builds up on the foundations laid out in the initial canon law course. It orients the students into the various ways and means whereby the whole People of God – the laity, clerics, and consecrated persons – exercises Christ’s triple offering of governing, teaching, and sanctifying in today’s actual ecclesial life. The books of the Code of 1983 to be studied are sections of Book I on General Norms, Book III on the Teaching Office of the Church (Ministry of the Word, Missionary Activity, Catholic Education, Social Communications), Book IV on the Sanctifying Office of the Church (Sacraments, Other Acts of Worship, Sacred Times and Places), Book V on Temporal Goods, Book VI on Sanctions (Offenses and Penalties), and some sections of Book VII on Processes (Trials, Matrimonial Processes).
 
Christian Sanctity: Integration of Dogma, Spirituality and Life
(Henri Nouwen: A Spirituality of Integration and Imperfection)
Wil Hernandez, Obl. O.S.B., Ph.D. (A)
This course is about the spirituality of Henri Nouwen set against the background theme of spiritual journey. The main focus will be threefold: Nouwen’s integrated journey, his tensional and imperfect spirituality, and his integrated ministry.
First, the course provides a synthesis of Nouwen’s holistic approach to the nature of the inward, outward, and upward spiritual journey—one that integrates spirituality, psychology, ministry, and theology together in a seamless fashion. Second, it is an exploration of Nouwen’s spirituality of imperfection which he embodied throughout his lived experience—where the journey toward perfection is through the realities of tension and imperfection. Finally, it is an overview of Nouwen’s well-integrated ministry of soul care based upon his integrated yet imperfect spirituality.
 
Church and Churches: Evolution of Christian Worship Space
Fr. Rene Javellana, S.J., D.Min. (A)
A historical tracing of the form and function of worship space in the Christian tradition, with a focus on the Roman Catholic Church. The church building is read as an expression and projection of the Church’s self-understanding as a community of believers over time. The religious, cultural and socio economic structures of a given era shape the form of church building. The conflict between the Western Latin Church and the Eastern Church gave rise to two traditions of building. So did the Protestant Reformation give rise to worship space dedicated to the Word.
The course begins in the first century when Christianity was perceived as an unorthodox branch of Judaism to the post-Vatican II era.
In the post-Vatican II era, while there is no canonically mandated architectural plan, there are general guidelines for church construction found in Vatican II’s decree Sacrosanctum Concilium, General Instruction for Roman Missal (GIRM) and other papal and episcopal documents, like the Committee on the Liturgy, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2000, Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture and Worship (Issued 16 Nov 2000). These documents will be read and discussed in this course.
 
Church and Mission
Fr. Peter Pojol, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
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 and Sacraments
Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J., S.T.D. and Fr. James Kroeger, M.M., D.Miss. (A)
The course examines the foundations, historical developments, nature, and mission of the Church. It presents the major themes of Vatican II’s ecclesiology, situating them in the council’s historical context. It considers such questions as: the interrelationship between the Church and the Kingdom of God, interreligious dialogue, ecumenism, evangelization and mission, inculturation, basic ecclesial communities, as well as Mary’s place in the Mystery of the Church. The course also introduces students 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 in general and the sacraments in particular. Key principles of sacramental theology are explained with a view to the further study of the individual sacraments.
 
Conflict and Parish Management Consulting
Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D. (A)
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.
 
Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism
Umberto Bresciani, Ph.D., Fr. Sergio Targa, S.X., M.Phil., Fr. Tiziano Tosolini, S.X., Ph.D. (A)
The course aims to acquaint the students with the main traits of some Asian Religions (Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism) and to analyze the philosophies which stemmed from them. Emphasis will also be placed on how the knowledge of these religious worldviews and philosophical systems could contribute to the much-needed activity of inter-cultural and interreligious dialogue.
 
Contemporary Philosophy
Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia (A)
The course deals on three distinguished contemporary philosophers who influence present theological thinking: Paul Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of the Capable Self, Emmanuel Levinas’s Ethics as First Philosophy, and Jean-Luc Marion’s Phenomenology of Givenness. 
 
Creation and Eschatology
Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
This course is fundamentally a course in theological anthropology – the study of humanity. The concern of this course lies with the anthropological question of how God deals concretely with human beings who are in the world, and how Christianity understands eternal life as the promise God has given to us through the Son, and the sanctification and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The course also explores what implications this future promise has on human life here and now. In this quest, we will be guided by questions in the collective memory of the Church, the Christian tradition, the theory of evolution, the concern for ecology, to name a few. The course will explore the Christian understanding of what it is to be human beings “in the world, but not of the world.”
 
Creation and Eschatology
Fr. Jose Mario Francisco, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D. (B)
This course locates the Christian view on the origin and destiny of the world and humankind within the contemporary dialogue involving science, religion and culture. Classic Christian themes (God’s creation of nature and humans in relation to each other, the meaning of matter/body and spirit/soul, and traditional eschatology in terms of heaven, hell and purgatory) are studied in their historical contexts as well as critically interrogated by insights from material and cognitive sciences. This interaction draws out the ecological, moral and spiritual implications for Christian praxis, and enriches our understanding of God’s action in partnership with humans and nature from creation through history to absolute fulfillment.
 
Ecclesiology
Fr. Ronald Bagley, C.J.M. (A)
This course explores the nature of the Church. The first part of the course will focus on the Church in Scripture, followed by a brief historical overview, highlighting the understanding of the Church given at Vatican II as well developments in ecclesiology. Attention will be given to the biblical foundations of the Church, especially its relationship to the Reign (Kingdom) of God. The key biblical images identified by Vatican II (Sacrament of Salvation, Mystery, People of God, Body of Christ, Temple of the Holy Spirit) will be examined and evaluated for their relevance. The reception of the ecclesiology of Vatican II in the intervening 50 years will be discussed. The nature of the Church’s ongoing mission of evangelization will be highlighted. Key ecclesiological elements for an Asian and Filipino Church will be gleaned from selected FABC documents, PCP II, and Ecclesia in Asia.
 
Ecclesiology
Bro. Joaquin Yap, Jr., S.W., D.Phil. (B)
The Church as a topic worthy of dogmatic assertions is closely bound up with its nature as mystery, “a reality imbued with the hidden presence of God,” in the apt words of Paul VI.  If we believe (as we do and should) that the Church is not simply a human reality but also a divine one; if we believe that the Church is Christ’s body inseparable from the head as to form “one Christ” and totus Christus; if the Church is not only “the community of those who are saved” but also “the community through which one is saved,” then we can begin to understand why it is important to study the Church.
This course attempts a systematic study of the “people of God, body of Christ, and temple of the Spirit” as taught in Scripture and elaborated in Church teaching.  It will present the major themes of Vatican II’s ecclesiology, situating them in the council’s historical context and giving more emphasis to “communion ecclesiology” which, according to the Extraordinary Synod of 1985, is crucial to a proper understanding of Vatican II’s teaching on the Church.  The course will also consider such questions as: the interrelationship between the Church and the Kingdom of God, between the Church and other religions; ecumenism, evangelization and mission, renewal and reform, and Mary as the most illustrious member of the Church.
 
Ecclesiology II
Fr. James Kroeger, M.M., D.Miss. (A)
This course presents a comprehensive theology of the Church (origin, nature, mission, and destiny); in brief, it treats the combined areas of fundamental and systematic ecclesiology. Central themes of the course include: the Church vis-à-vis the Kingdom of God; Vatican II’s texts, shifts, and Trinitarian ecclesiology of communion; the Church as Mystery, Pilgrim People of God, Body of Christ, Sacrament of Salvation, Temple of the Spirit; local Church and an ecclesiology of communion; the Church’s complex mission of integral evangelization; the holiness of the Church and spirituality; Mary in the Mystery of the Church. Some ecclesiological insights of the FABC, the Second Plenary Council of The Philippines, Ecclesia in Asia, and the 2006 Asian Mission Congress will round out the course.
                                                                
Ecclesiology and Ministries in Migration Context
Emmanuel de Guzman, Ph.D. (A)
The course deals with thefollowingconcerns: What opportunities and challenges does contemporary global mobility offer to the human community where people of plural and diverse social locations are struggling for their identity, dignity, respect and acceptance? How have the Christian Churches been responding to the plight of the migrants in terms of its teachings and actual practices? What enriched ecclesiological vision and ministries of intercultural unity, catholicity, holiness and apostolicity can come about in a world with great social, economic, political, cultural, and religious divides? What kind of pastoral agents or missionaries are needed in the context of migration? Recommended primary textbook: Agnes M. Brazal and Emmanuel S. de Guzman, Intercultural Church: Bridge of Solidarity in the Migration Context (Borderless Press, 2015; available on Amazon by print-on-demand and kKindle version).
 
Essentials of Parish Leadership
Fr. Peter Pojol, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
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.
 
Ethics in Pastoral Care and Ministry
Fr. Ronald Bagley, C.J.M. (A)
Pastoral ministry and spiritual care in the Church involve the formation of special fiduciary relationships which are developed in a variety of settings such as counseling, spiritual or retreat direction, religious formation or even in religious education. This course presents basic elements of ethics which serve as the foundation of professional ethics in ministry. By analyzing how these elements are codified in professional codes of conduct and competencies within the specific fields of ministry, this course endeavors to assist students in personalizing these ethical guidelines towards a greater sense of integrity of ministry in the Church.
 
Explorations in Individual and Family Resilience
Fr. Teodulo Gonzales, S.J. (A)
Adversities (trial, sufferings) have a way of crippling or paralyzing people’s responses.  On the other hand, like some crises, adversities can break or allow us to have a breakthrough.  This course draws from the strengths, hopes and the stirrings of the Spirit within all of us.  Drawn from various sources, some stories of healing and resilience will be explored.  A theory of change why people are motivated to bounce back from adversities will be presented.  Some helping or facilitating skills (STAR Model) for resilience will be presented in some of the classes.
 
Expository Writing and Research Methods II
Rose Marie Regalia, M.B.A. (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 Spirituality and Sexual Ethics
Fr. James Gascon, S.J., M.A. (A)
This course treats the theology of Christian marriage and family in its scriptural-doctrinal underpinnings, including the socio-political role of the family in today’s world, in the light of the social teachings of the Church. It then deals with an integrative, psycho-moral approach to marital sexuality, and how marital sex issues are handled in pastoral care and counseling. Toward the integration of sensuality, sexuality and spirituality.
 
Family Spirituality Practicum
Myrna Joyce Sanchez, Ph.D. and Ma. Elvira Macabuag, M.A. (A)
The course offers a total program in family spirituality, designed to help couples and families to be fully alive in all levels of their relationship:  intrapersonal, interpersonal and metapersonal (societal).  This holistic approach integrates the psycho-emotional, cultural, socio-political and spiritual aspects of family life. The course includes an actual experience of progressive programs: the Marriage Encounter, the Spiritual Deepening Retreat, the Christian Parenting for Peace and Justice, and their counterpart programs for the poor and underprivileged sectors of our society. Aside from the regular class, students are required to attend the following weekend seminars (contact CEFAM for the dates): Marriage Encounter, Spiritual Deepening Retreat, Christian Parenting for Peace and Justice.
 
Formative Processing Skills
Dr. Ingeborg del Rosario, D.Min. (A)
“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. (A)
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.
 
Fundamentals of Directed Retreat-Giving
Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D(A)
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. Pre-requisite: Foundations for Directed Retreat. Course requirements: reflection papers, book reports, and others, to be assigned at the discretion of the Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
 
Giving the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius
Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D (A)
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. Prerequisites: Theo 282.1/394.1 (Foundations for Directed Retreat), Theo 282.2/394.2 (Fundamentals of Directed Retreat-Giving) and Theo 282.3/394.3 (Supervised Retreat-Giving Experience). Course requirements: reflection papers, book reports, and others, to be assigned at the discretion of the Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
 
Growing in Religious Vows
Dr. Ingeborg del Rosario, D.Min. (A)
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.
 
History of the Church in Asia
Fr. Antonio de Castro, S.J., S.T.L., E.H.D. (A)
Fernando Guillen-Preckler, Sch.P., S.T.D. (B)
Against the background of universal Church history and the successive paradigms of Roman Primacy, and coming from a missionary perspective, the course intends to present a historical survey of the principal periods and forms of Christianity in Asia, from the Apostolic and Patristic times (the Asian Patriarchates) to the centuries of the great Asian Empires (Arabic and Mongol) and the arrival of the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, English, and French in Asia. Special attention will be given to the present situation of local Church in Asia since World War II and Vatican Council II, and the rise of Asian Theology. International students may take this course as substitute for Theo 275, Philippine Church History.
 
Introduction to Pastoral Methods
Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D. (A)
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 the New Testament
Fr. Manuel Montesclaros, S.J., S.S.L. (A)
This course provides an introduction to the Jewish-Graeco-Roman world of the first century C.E. and to the methods and approaches used in the study of the New Testament. It gives a brief overview of the contents of the books of the New Testament.
 
Islam and Interreligious Dialogue: Muslim-Christian Dialogue through Selected Texts
Fr. Heru Prakosa, S.J., Ph.D. and Fr. Greg Soetomo, S.J., Ph.D. (A)
This course attempts to survey the relationship between Christians and Muslims on the basis of theological reflection through selected texts. There will be a discussion to demonstrate how the development of the relationship between Christians and Muslims as it has unfolded across the centuries. The purposes of this course are: 1) To make clear that Christian-Muslim relations over the centuries have produced a reaction of both encounter and conflict in the other community which in turn contributed to the development of formulations and attitudes; 2) To discuss the writings of some thinkers or influential persons from both Christian and Muslims communities in the course of time; and 3) To help both Christian students of theology to understand how the Christians and Muslims communities have reached the situation in which they find themselves today.
 
Italian II       
Fr. Rogel Anecito L. Abais, S.J., S.T.D. cand. (A)
This course builds on what was learned in Italian I. More spoken, written, and translation exercises will be provided to review the grammatical concepts already introduced in Italian I. 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 texts that will be used will be Il Nuovo Affresco Italiano volumes A1 and A2 by Maurizio Trifone and Andreina Sgaglione. It will be supplemented with materials such as Biblical texts, church documents, songs, and others. The students will be required to have a good English-Italian/Italian-English Dictionary for use in the classroom.
 
Johannine Letters
Sr. Mirasol Navidad, R.S.C.J., Ph.D. (A)
The course on Johannine Letters will explore the questions of authorship and its context; ancient letter writing as it relates to 1, 2, 3 John; the dualistic concepts of Us/Them, light/dark, sin/no sin, etc. with regard to the original audience and their implications for us today. Likewise, attention will be given in examining the relationship of the epistles to the Gospel of John and the theology of the epistles.
 
John
Sr. Ma. Anicia Co, R.V.M., S.T.D., Ph.D. (A)
The course introduces the students to the theological themes of the Gospel of John, the Johannine letters, and the Book of Revelation. It offers a perspective for understanding the Johannine writings by considering their historical and conceptual background as well as the relationship of the Fourth Gospel and the Synoptics. It discusses the content, message, language and style of the Johannine writings and includes exegesis of selected passages. An aesthetic and narrative critical reading is employed to highlight the overall message communicated through symbolic language. It explores other methods and approaches to bring to light the relevance of the Johannine writings to contemporary times.
 
John
Sr. Niceta Vargas, O.S.A., Ph.D. (B)
This course focuses on major trends in Johannine research in the past years. Students in this course will present an exegesis of Johannine passages with the use of varied biblical methodologies of interpretation.
 
John
Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J., S.T.D. (C - Online)
This course introduces the student to the Gospel of John through a study of necessary background, overview study, and exegetical work with chosen passages. At the end of the course, the student should be able to demonstrate the following: an understanding of the literary and theological characteristics of the Fourth Gospel; an awareness of the historical, religious and social issues confronting the Johannine community; an ability to analyze the text using various methods of exegesis; an in-depth understanding of selected texts; and an understanding of specific Johannine topics, e.g., faith, world, Christ, and discipleship among others.
 
Justice and Migration 
Fr. Graziano Battistella, C.S., Ph.D. (A)
The purpose of this course is to examine some of the ethical questions which arise from migration and to see what contribution the Christian social ethics tradition offers to migration management. In particular, the category of justice will be utilized as a promising development in social ethics. The course will focus, among others, on the perennial tension between the prerogative of the State to manage migration and the aspiration to migrate as an expression of the right to a more humane life. This tension is studied in the light of international law and the position of some ethical traditions. The development in the concept of justice, in particular distributive justice, is then considered, as well as the contribution of the concept of justice in the Christian tradition, to offer some elements for a more humane management of migration.
 
Latin II
Fr. Reginaldo Mananzan, S.J., J.C.D. (A)
This course is open for those who already have the equivalent knowledge of Latin I. It begins with studies of verbs in their subjunctive mood and proceeds with the rest of the verb structures. The main goal of the course is the basic recognition of the forms and meanings of Latin words to allow students to have facility in making private translations with the help of a Latin grammar and dictionary. Current Latin ecclesiastical texts will also be used during the course aside from the classical ones. Prerequisite: Latin I
 
Leadership Ethics for Pastoral Care
Fr. Peter Pojol, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
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.
 
Leadership for Mission
Fr. Peter Pojol, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
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. 
 
Leadership in Context
Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D. (A)
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. 
 
Leadership: A Pastoral Approach
Fr. Peter Pojol, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
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.
 
Luke-Acts
Sr. Ma. Anicia Co, R.V.M., S.T.D., Ph.D. (A)
The course explores different methods of New Testament exegesis in the study of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. After a discussion on the background, overall content, theological message, the unity of the Lukan writings, and their place in the canon, the course will engage the students in the critical interpretation of selected passages taking into account the most significant Lukan themes and contemporary questions.
 
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 1st and 3rd quarters of the academic year; correspondingly, oral exams are held in the 2nd and 4th 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 Skills for Pastoral Leaders
Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D. (A)
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.
 
Management: A Pastoral Approach
Fr. Jojo Fung, S.J., Ph.D. (A)
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.
 
Marital/Family Counseling Practicum
Fr. Arsenio Lumiqued, Jr., M.S.C., Ph.D. (A)
Myrna Joyce Sanchez, Ph.D. (B)
The course features a practicum in pastoral counseling with clients experiencing problems in their couple and/or family relationships. Students conduct a required number of hours of face-to-face counseling with such clients under the supervision of the professor who will assist them in case conceptualization and planning and in treatment implementation. Case conferences, role-play case simulations, and demonstration films augment students’ development as effective pastoral couple and family counselors. Required counseling hours: 30 hours
Prerequisites of Marital/Family Counseling Practicum:
Pastoral Psychology and Counseling; Assessment and Initial Interventions of Individual and Relationship Disorders; Marital/Premarital Dynamics and Counseling: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach; Family Dynamics and Counseling Approaches
 
Medical/Sexual Ethics
Fr. Eric Marcelo Genilo, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
The course builds on the students’ knowledge of fundamental moral theology and introduces the students to Catholic approaches, principles, and moral norms related to sexual ethics and bioethics. The course will be divided into two parts. The first part will take up sexual ethics while the second part will take up bioethics. For each part of the course, a discussion of basic approaches, methods, and specific church teachings will be followed by case applications. The course aims to develop the students’ skills in addressing pastoral and moral cases involving sexual ethics and bioethics. Prerequisite: Fundamental Moral Theology
 
Methods and Materials of Research: Academic Style Module
Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
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.
 
Methods and Materials of Research: Research Techniques for Theological Libraries
Fr. James Kroeger, M.M., D.Miss. (A,B,C,D,E)
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 15 students.
 
Ministry of the Word II
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, D.D., Fr. Emmanuel Alfonso, S.J., M.A., cand., and Jesuit Communications (A)
This Jesuit Communications Foundation seminar-workshop endeavors to equip students with necessary skills in effectively carrying out the Ministry of the Word in its various traditional and contemporary forms. The course includes modules on faith and media, public speaking and communication skills, presentation techniques, handling the media, hosting and interviewing skills, the practice and spirituality of preaching, homiletics, story-telling, etc.
 
Mysticism and St. Ignatius
Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D(A)
This course aims at a deeper understanding of mysticism in relation to Christian spirituality as the academic discipline that articulates the lived experience of spiritual life. The syllabus includes an overview of the definition of mysticism, its methodology, and some perspectives reflecting from the history of spirituality. This class also presents an opportunity for participants to develop a more adequate understanding of the mysticism in relation to Ignatian Spirituality. Students will be exposed to the life of Ignatius of Loyola and his various texts. Each class session will be followed by small group discussion on the readings and writing assignment for the week. This course will culminate in a research paper.
 
Overview of Moral Theology
Fr. Abundio R. Babor, Jr., M.S.C., S.T.D. (A)
This is a synthetic course on Christian morality that offers an overview of fundamental morality, sexual ethics, bio-ethics and social justice. It presents the historical richness and diversity of the Church’s moral tradition, seeking to provide the students with an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the sources of the moral tradition. Through the use of cases, the course will illustrate methods of moral analysis and the application of moral principles.
 
Parish Leadership Spirituality
Fr. Peter Pojol, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
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 Practicum
Ms. Leilani Lopez, M.A. (A)
The course is a continuation of Pastoral Psychology and Counseling (Theo 289/Sp 89) focusing on skills development.  As a practicum course, it will include case presentations and group supervision aimed at developing competency in working with individuals.  Each student is expected to work with counselees for the duration of the course.
Pre-requisite: Theo 289/Sp89 Pastoral Psychology and Counseling.
 
Pastoral Group Process
Fr. Arsenio Lumiqued, Jr., M.S.C., Ph.D. (A)
The course will give opportunity for students a) to make a review and survey of the different theories in group counselling (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.
 
Paul (New Testament Letters)
Sr. Bernardita Dianzon, F.S.P., S.T.D., Ph.D. (A)
This course is an introduction into the thought and spirit of Paul through a study of the text, structure and historical background of the proto-Pauline epistles and, where pertinent, of the Acts of the Apostles.
 
Paul (New Testament Letters)
Fr. Renato Repole, S.J.,S.T.D. (B)
This course provides an introduction to the letters of St. Paul, both the Proto- and the Deuteropauline. But, first, the students will explore and reflect on the life of St. Paul, especially his vocation to become the Apostle to the Gentiles. Then, second, after an introductory matter on the phenomenon of letter-writing in the first century, the rest of the semester will be devoted to examining his letters or epistles: the circumstances for their writing, the basic outline and the principal themes or issues that are expounded therein. Applying mainly classical rhetorical method, it is hoped that, at the end of the course, the students come to understand Pauline thought deeper and realize its importance in Church life and doctrine.
 
Paul (New Testament Letters)
Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J., S.T.D. (C - Online)
The course introduces the students to Paul, a first-century Jew from the Diaspora, who gave his allegiance to the Messiah Jesus as evangelist, community builder, pastor, and theologian. The course has two aims: (1) Students are to become acquainted with the Pauline Corpus in the New Testament and this means that they will be required to read the Letters thoroughly, summarizing their observations in overview charts. (2) Realizing that Paul’s theology was always in the service of moving his communities to maturity in faith and Christian life, the focus of study will be on major theological themes rather than work through letter after letter, section after section. In all of this we want to discover Paul’s motivation, his missionary preaching and community-building strategy.
 
Penance, Anointing, Marriage
Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio, S.J., S.L.D. (A)
This course is a study of the Sacraments of Penance, Anointing, and Marriage from the perspective of history, theology, and liturgical celebration.
 
Philippine Church History
Fr. Antonio de Castro, S.J., S.T.L., E.H.D. (A)
The course begins with the evangelization of the Philippines under the Patronato church-state regime and follows the development of the Christian community, to the American colonial regime, and the beginning of full Filipinization.
 
Prophets of Israel
Sr. Helen Graham, M.M., Ph.D. (A)
This course provides a brief overview of the prophetic literature of biblical Israel from the schism to the period of dispersion and restoration, utilizing a combination of historical and canonical approaches to the prophetic text.
Prerequisite: Pentateuchal Studies
 
Prophets of Israel
Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J.,S.T.D. (B)
This course examines the phenomenon of prophecy in the ancient world and early Israel (Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha); the personality and message of the writing prophets (Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Deutero-Isaiah, and others) within their historical contexts. Discussion includes exegesis of selected oracles, one from every prophet. The themes of Davidic kingship, the Deuteronomic theology, Messianism, etc. are also treated.
Prerequisite: Pentateuchal Studies
 
Reading the Gospels Like a Scribe Instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven
Fr. Joseph Nguyễn Công Đoan, S.J., S.T.L. (A)
Right from the first Kerygma, the apostles have referred to the Old Testament to explain the mystery of Jesus Christ as an accomplishment of God’s plan announced by Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms, i.e. the Old Testament Scripture. Jesus himself proposed a model: “Every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old” (Mt 13, 52). Today, biblical scholars offer so many methods to interpret the gospels. The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a privileged experience of reading the gospels “secundum Scripturas” and to help students to approach the Word of God in a living and personal way.
 
Research Methodology in Ministry
Fr. Albert Alejo, S.J., Ph.D. (A)
This course in theological methodology develops a student’s ability to research and analyze a particular ministry context in-depth in preparation for a Doctor of Ministry Dissertation as a contribution to the life and mission of the local church. The course compares the two general academic theological approaches, the primarily research, and the more professional, performative approaches, and focuses on the specific methodologies and appropriate research-related skills linked to students’ professional practice within ministry. The course provides the structures for planning, developing and evaluating research as well as an understanding of research related issues.
 
Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium
Fr. Hartono Budi, S.J., Th.D. (A - tutorialTutorial)
Fr. Manuel Francisco, S.J., S.T.D. (B)
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. This present course, also included in fundamental theology, deals with the transmission of revelation throughout Christian history through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, as well as its authoritative proposition and interpretation through the Church’s Magisterium. Hence, the three constitutive parts of this course will be concerned with giving a theological description and dogmatic explanation of, respectively, Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium.
 
Sin and Grace
Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
This course consists of a systematic-doctrinal investigation of the mystery of “life in Christ,” and the pastoral implications and reflections arising from this graced reality. Beginning with the scriptural understanding of grace, the study traces the major controversies in Christian tradition: Pelagianism-Semi Pelagianism-Augustinianism; the Reformation and its heirs – the response of Trent. Special attention will be given to the theological attempt to understand the mysterious relationship between divine grace and human freedom, and to exploring the richness of the patristic doctrine (preserved in the Eastern churches) of divinization (theosis). In attempting to do a contemporary and contextualized theological anthropology, the course will consider the question of the presence and action of grace in other (especially Asian) religions.
 
Sin and Grace
Bro. Joaquin Yap, Jr., S.W., D.Phil. (B)
Divine grace – which the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes as “a participation in the life of God” (#1997) – can be best appreciated when contrasted with “dis-grace,” that is, sin. Just as light becomes apparent when one has emerged from darkness; just as the good news of salvation becomes truly “wonderful news” when one has recognized salvation’s absence.  As St. Paul puts it: “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20).
This course first discusses the mystery of sin and evil in scripture and in the tradition.  However, more class time will be devoted to grace: the mystery of our “new life in Christ” and the pastoral implications arising from this graced reality.  The course touches on some major controversies such as Pelagianism and Semipelagianism, the questions raised by the Reformers, and the response of Trent.  Special attention is given to the patristic doctrine of deification (theosis).  In attempting a contemporary and contextualized theology of grace, the course considers the question of the presence and action of divine grace in other (especially Asian) religions.
 
Sin and Grace
Fr. Jose Mario Francisco, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D. (C)
It appears that the presence and effects of sin are more obvious than those of grace. And yet Christianity views the human person and community as more graced than sinful. The course discusses this view in dialogue with social and scientific perspectives on the human (cosmic, genetic, psychological and cultural). The first part begins with the reality of God’s grace as all-embracing (“everything is grace”) and proceeds to specific descriptions of it as “sanctifying nature” (Thomas Aquinas), as deification (Orthodox Christianity), and as “inner freedom” (Martin Luther). The second part examines personal and original sin in relation to the mystery of evil in human life and history.
 
Special Topics in Marital and Family Counseling: Child and Adolescent Counseling
Ma. Teresa Villasor, Ph.D. (A)
This course will review the different theories of development as they relate to counseling and clinical work with children and adolescents. In the process, the interplay of the biological, social, cognitive, and environmental factors that may cause or influence the severity of the emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems of children will be explored. Counseling and clinical procedures, treatment methods and counseling approaches and techniques for specific cases such as children of separated parents, adopted children, sibling rivalry, abused and traumatized children, etc. will be the main topics of the course.
Structured experiential activities, small group sharing, role playing, reflections on one’s own childhood and adolescent experiences, and lecturettes are some of the learning approaches that will be used in teaching the course. Pre-requisite: Theo 289/Sp89 Pastoral Psychology and Counseling.
 
Supervised Retreat-Giving Experience
Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D(A)
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. Pre-requisites: Foundations for Directed Retreat and Fundamentals of Directed 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.
 
Theology of Religions
Fr. Manuel Francisco, S.J., S.T.D. (A)
How is Jesus Christ related to non-Christians? Is He redeemer only of those who place their faith in Him (exclusivisim)? Or of all humanity notwithstanding their knowledge of and response to Him (inclusivism)? Or is He one mediator among many mediators of salvation/transformation (pluralism)?
This course will begin with a study of the two poles of the inclusivist-pluralist dialogue: on the one hand, the inclusivism of Vatican II and Karl Rahner; on the other hand, the radical pluralism of John Hick. The course will then explore the possibility of a middle ground, the moderate pluralism proposed by various theologians such as Amaladoss, D’Costa, Dupuis, Knitter, Ogden, Pieris, Schillebeeckx and others.
Prerequisites: Theo 205 Revelation-Faith and Theo 207 Christology      
 
The Social Justice Advocacy of Bartolome de las Casas
Fr. Hartono Budi, S.J., Th.D.
Bartolomé de las Casas, OP (1484-1566) challenged the injustices committed in Latin America during the era of Spanish discovery and conquest of the New World as well as its Evangelization. For about 40 years he was exposed to the reality of the people of the New World and witnessed their sufferings due to the brutal treatment of their conquerors. Later, the conquest and colonization of the New World were presented in Europe as a missionary endeavour, a means to justify their presence, at any cost. Fray Bartolomé fought for the victims’ rights – a form of social justice advocacy − and wrote many treatises and memorials, masterpieces of history, anthropology and applied theology. He combined rights with facts, reflection with the knowledge of the situation, and confronted the oppression with “the law of Christ”.
The aim of this course is to study his theology and philosophical worldview in context, one that was born from the reality of injustice in the early Evangelization of Latin America and closely related to the person and his works. Redemption was demonstrated with its obvious socio-historical component, as later promoted by Latin American liberation theologians of the 20th century. Though not required, some knowledge of the Spanish language would be helpful for students enrolling in this course.