The contribution of the prophets of Israel to the biblical corpus and therefore to the beliefs and practices of Jews and Christians who have inherited its implications for faith is unquestioned. A deacon in the Catholic Church should be cognizant of this contribution so he can absorb its lessons into his own moral life, but also so he can successfully communicate them in his preaching and teaching.
Love of the Word of God involves becoming ever more deeply informed about its origin, meaning, and application. This course is designed to give the participant an appreciation of the Book of Revelation by a careful study of the text as Sacred Scripture and how we approach its use as preachers and as a Church.
A study of Revelation will require careful thought about the pastoral problems caused by popular fundamentalist interpretations. In addition, the participant will learn how it has influenced Christian thinking about worship, justice, witness, and the linkages that must exist among them.
The course will cover the entire Book of Revelation and draw upon the disciplines of pastoral theology, moral theology and church literature. Students will be expected to participate in small-group discussions with collaborative effort among the group.
Presents basic counseling theory, addressed counseling process and skill development, focused on assessment, listening, and goal setting. Especially designed for deacons and their colleagues in ministry who may not be familiar with the protocols of the helping professions, it discusses emotional/mental disorders for assessment and professional referral.
The sources, principles and practices of sound spirituality with the fundamental truths of Catholic faith as applied to deacons and the development of sound spirituality. The need for and values to be gained from integration of spiritual reading, personal prayer, private devotion and liturgical worship contribute to sound pastoral practice in diaconal ministry. In addition to a review of theories or approaches to spirituality, the course includes practical aspects of spirituality in diaconal ministry.