This course takes in a broad view of philosophy from the ancient Greek philosophers all the way to the philosophers of our own time. The elements of philosophy with which we are specifically concerned are those that have influenced the development of Catholic theology. We will open the course with assigned readings from Pope John Paul II’s encyclical, Fides et ratio (Faith and reason); we will do sections of that encyclical over a period of several weeks. In addition, the course draws on the encyclopedic nine-volume work A History of Philosophy by Frederick Copleston, S.J. Fr. Copleston taught at Oxford University for a number of years. We will also have readings from Philosophy for Understanding Theology, by Diogenes Allen and Eric Springsted. You will need a bible to refer to certain scripture passages that are relevant; and you will need access to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

This course guides the students though an exploration of the many facets of a person who is grieving. Completion of this course will allow the participant to identify with those who bereave a loss and allow the student to experience a methodology of counseling to apply in their ministry.

The student will explore the attitude that we have toward loss, death; define what grief and bereavement mean; identify factors that influence different reactions to grief; examine different grieving scenarios; consider cultural differences among various religions; explore the healing process through counseling; learn how to develop a good grief group; and list professional organizations and helpful resources for grieving and those who help them.


Completion of the course does not certify the student to act as a licensed or certified grief counselor but serves as an introductory level course that will help the student understand the grieving process and successfully conduct individual or group grief counseling sessions. 

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The course serves as an overview of civil legal and financial issues faced by the parish.  Topics addressed include:  overview of civil law; contracts; negligence and premises liability; land use and zoning; employment law, workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation; festivals, Bingo, casinos and liquor liability; tax exempt status; confidentiality/privileged communications; protection of children; and financial management.  Students will be asked to review and analyze actual published case decisions.

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