The Center is excited to have offered our first set of programs in the summer of 2023. The five presented below were created with the express intent meeting the needs that were presented most often throughout our survey research. All our offerings are intended to help ministers, theologians and concerned Catholics serve the unique needs of their communities. As such, these are continuing education offerings that help perfect an individual's existing skills. For traditional graduate offerings please see here.
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Considering the ever-changing demands placed upon ministerial professionals these sessions will attempt to offer solutions for dealing with issues such as: burnout, work-life balance, and professional boundaries in religious settings. Additionally, we will address what it means to have an empowering spirituality that invigorates and animates a well working ministry. The goal here is to promote human flourishing at every level of pastoral life, and will be informed on best practices coming from theology, spirituality, and psychology alike.
Led by Lynne Lang of Restoration Matters
Many parts of the Church's teaching on sexual ethics are rock solid, but cultural, economic and historical changes constantly require adjustment. This two part class will look at some of those changes and then explore ways of reframing the Church's teaching in ways that address the experience of 21st century Catholics.
Led by Fr. Charlie Bouchard, OP
Join us as we explore the legacy of one of the most notable saints in the Dominican tradition. This course will examine the intricate spiritual storehouse and fascinating story of this 14th century Doctor of the Church.
Led by Fr. Tom McDermott, OP
Too often our understanding of Catholic teaching is siloed, reading like a shopping list of random doctrines: we believe in the Incarnation, the Eucharist, and that the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ; but what do these have to do with each other? As it turns out, the scarlet thread connecting these three doctrines--the Body of Christ--captures the very heart of our faith: the Word of God took on a Body (Incarnation), so as to make us members of his Body (Mystical Body of Christ), which he does by feeding us with his Body (Eucharist). Come see how this scarlet thread runs through the letters of St. Paul and how it offers us a vision for how to live "in Christ." P.S. This is a great way to enter into the Eucharistic Revival!
Led by Fr. Vincent Davila, OP
There is a long tradition of praying to St. Joseph for a “happy death.” Today, many deaths are far from happy because of confusion about ethical questions as well as an inability to deal with mortality. What does the Church say about death and dying, and how can we prepare for a happy death in a world of hi-tech medicine? Designed for Catholics in the pew as well as for deacons, priests and lay ministers who work in hospital or long-term care settings.
Led by Fr. Charlie Bouchard, OP