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GENERAL THEOLOGY PROGRAM (GTP) COURSES

The General Theology Program (GTP) is a four-year study program primarily designed for the academic preparation of candidates to the priestly ministry, and offers all the courses required by ecclesiastical authorities. It is open to other students who wish to participate in a formal theological program leading to a master’s degree.

SCHEDULE OF COURSES
First Semester 2017-2018
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
8:00-9:55
THEOLOGY I

10:15-12:10
8:00-9:55
THEOLOGY II

10:15-12:10
8:00-9:55
THEOLOGY III

10:15-12:10
8:00-9:55
THEOLOGY IV
Electives
2:00-4:00


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Course Definitions

Basic Courses
Professional and Elective Courses
1. Scriptures
2. Systematic Theology
3. Moral Theology
4. Liturgy and Sacraments
5. Missiology
6. Pastoral Ministry
 
Basic Courses
Th001  Research Methodology I (Critical Thinking)
This course is for beginners. Doing theology at the service of life entails students to contextualize properly their learnings and experiences in the broader horizons of intellectual and social life. This course intends to achieve such an end through a two-fold process: (1) by broadening the students’ skills on drawing inferences and developing ideas through exercises and assignments that encourage observation, selection, and judgment; and (2) by introducing them to contemporary social theories which could help accentuate their social and intellectual development. Reflection papers to be submitted periodically would enable the instructor to gauge the development of critical thinking in these students.  [Research Methodology I can also take the form of Th110 Biblical Exegesis.]
 
Th002  Research Methodology II (Thesis Writing)
The course has two-fold purpose: (a) to (re)acquaint students with the rudiments (e.g., data gathering, marshaling and evaluation, theory-making, time-management) and technicalities demanded in writing an academic paper; and (b) to familiarize them with contemporary methods of qualitative and quantitative researches, and their usefulness to theological and religious studies. For their midterm evaluation, students are to come up with a proposal for a baby-thesis that will serve as their final paper.
 
Th003  Old Testament I: Introduction and Torah
After a brief introduction to the Old Testament in general, the course offers first an overview of the development of Israel’s history, literature and theological insights from Abraham down to the first century BCE.  The overview is followed by a more detailed study of the Torah, with special emphasis on the books of Genesis and Exodus.  At the end, a brief discussion of the deuteronomic history makes the transition to the Prophetic Literature.
 
Th004  New Testament: Introduction
The course offers a general introduction to the study of the New Testament. After a brief study of the socio-economic and political conditions in the First-Century Palestine, the cities of the Greco-Roman Empire as background for Jesus’ ministry and the early Christian communities respectively, as well as the different approaches to reading and understanding the message of the New Testament books, the course discusses the life and writings of Paul. It then takes up “the three stages of tradition by which the saying and deeds of Jesus have come to us,” followed by a discussion of each of the four gospels, especially their respective key passages. The last part of the course introduces the students to the Catholic Epistles and the Book of Revelation.
 
Th005 Fundamental Theology
The course deals with the basic realities and processes which need to be taken into account in understanding the Faith today.  After a general introduction to theology, the basic principle of theologizing - the mutual interaction of the Judaeo-Christian Tradition and contemporary human experiences - is explained.  The fundamental relationship between God and humanity, Revelation-Faith, is seen and elaborated from the perspective of doing theology.
 
Th006 Fundamental Moral Theology
Responding to the process of moral discernment today demands that we focus on the story of the person, the situation of the poor, of women, and of care for the earth.  These life-situations reflect various paradigms that condition, if not guide, moral preferences and behavior.  Renewal in moral theology calls for a paradigm shift that is responsive and critical to the demands of Filipino social and cultural realities.  A change in more paradigm requires a shift in thinking and values.
 
Th007 Liturgical Theology
This introductory course on the principles of liturgical and sacramental practice provides an integral approach that is historical, anthropological, theological and pastoral to help the students understand the complexity of effective Christian celebration.
 
Th008 Missiology:  Introduction
The course initiates the students into the task and process of doing theology vis-à-vis the mission of the Church in the world today.  It focuses on the “signs of the times” and the major challenges that the Church faces, such as integral evangelization, inculturation and modernization, total human development, interfaith dialogue and ecumenism, and building up the local church.  The course concludes by articulating a definition of Missiology and its significance for us today.
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Professional and Elective Courses
1. Scripture  (Th101-Th115)
Th101 Prophets
The course offers a general introduction to the phenomenon of prophetism in the Old Testament. It traces the development from the earlier forms involving seers, wizards, and ecstatic guilds to the later writing prophets in Israelite society. It pays close attention in particularly to the prophets of social justice whose oracles continue to inspire parallel forms in the contemporary third world setting. To appreciate the O.T. prophets both in their proper context and their relevance to the modern-day reader, the course draws the findings of secondary literature applying both diachronic and synchronic methods of exegesis.
 
Th102 Synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles
The course deals with the proclamation of the good news by Jesus and by the early Church as presented in the gospels according to Mark, Matthew, and Luke, and in the Acts of the Apostles. A synoptic study of the passion and resurrection narratives shows how each evangelist elaborated the early Christian kerygma to address the particular situation and needs of his community. Thus special attention is given to the literary style, theological concerns and particular perspectives of each evangelist. Then follows a synoptic study of Jesus’ public ministry: the beginning (baptism and temptation narratives); sample studies of Jesus’ sayings (parables and Sermon on the Mount); deeds (his praxis, especially the miracle-stories). Finally, the course deals with the Infancy Narratives. Throughout the course pastoral applications and the relevance of the texts for contemporary situations and issues are stressed.
 
Th103 Pauline Literature
The course offers short introduction to the life and letters of St. Paul focusing on selected passages from the letters in chronological order. It gives special attention to Galatians (Christian freedom) and First Corinthians (the Christian community). It also provides an insight into the sociological context in which Paul had to clarify “faith in Christ” for his communities and a study of other important Pauline themes.
 
Th104  Johannine Literature
This is a short introduction to the specific problems of Johannine literature. The course focuses on the major Johannine themes as they are developed in the “episodes” of the Books of Signs (Jn 2-12), and offers a detailed study of the Johannine Passion and Resurrection narratives (Jn 18-20), along with emphasis on the typically Johannine theological interests. The First Epistle of John and selected passages from the Revelation of John are also studied.
 
Th105  Feminist Hermeneutics
The course examines the significance of gender in religion and culture as reflected in the androcentric writing and traditional interpretation of the scriptures. Hierarchical, ideological and social gender concepts as embedded in literary and religious texts will be analyzed.
 
Th106 Special Themes in the Old Testament
Presupposing Old Testament I, the course deals with specific themes or particular books in the Old Testament.  It can focus on any of these topics: the Writings; the Book of Psalms; A Biblical Reflection on Suffering; Apocalyptic Literature; Biblical Fundamentalism; Marriage in the Bible.
 
Th107 Special Themes in the New Testament
Presupposing New Testament I, the course intends to read and discuss major portions of the text of the Gospels and Acts, whereby pastoral application and the relevance of the text for contemporary situations are stressed.  The course can also be replaced by any of these advanced courses: The Parables and Miracles of Jesus; The Book of Revelation; The Infancy Narratives; the Passion Narratives; The Social World of Early Christian Community; Women in Christianity.
 
Th108 Biblical Theology of Mission
The local community is the church only if it is “on mission” - focusing not on its own internal problems, but on others. In a world that calls and challenges it, this seminar focuses first on the mission theology of the seven authentic Pauline letters, then moves on to the mission outlook found in the Gospels and Acts, to see how the God of the Bible sends his people out both to reveal and to discover his love in places beyond sectarian borders.
 
Th109 Biblical Greek
This Greek course is specifically designed for interested students who want to gain a basic and elementary knowledge of New Testament Greek. The specific goals of the course are the following: (1) introduction to the basic morphology of the New Testament Greek; (2) command of some fundamental vocabulary; (3) introductory knowledge of some points of syntax; (4) ability to translate simple exercises from Greek to English and vice-versa; (5) a basic capacity to read Greek aloud; (6) the ability to read and recognize some important words and phrases in the New Testament as the students pursue their New Testament studies.
 
Th110 Biblical Exegesis
This course intends to develop a sound approach to and a methodology for interpreting the bible in the context of personal study and in concrete pastoral situations, e.g., Bible sharing groups, Bible services, prayer meetings, etc. It aims at familiarizing the participants with the various phases of biblical research, especially the literary-historical approach to the Bible. A substantial part of the course will bee devoted to practical exercises to bee done individually and in small groups.
 
Th115  Synthesis: Scripture
The aim of the course is to provide the students with a comprehensive view of their scripture studies during the previous three years. Each student is required to prepare a 20-25 minutes presentation on an important biblical theme or book. A respondent sums up and evaluates, and eventually asks questions. Then all participants can ask questions. Finally the professor clarifies, completes and, if need be, corrects views aired in the presentation. Seven presentations are devoted to the Old Testament. Their other presentations deal with New Testament questions.
 
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2. Systematic Theology (Th201-Th215)
Th201  Christology-Trinity
In a plurality of situations, human beings are in search for salvation, well-being, liberation, Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth gives a unique answer to this search. The course follows the mental journey of the disciples of Jesus and tries to retrace their experience with Jesus (his deeds and words), his death and resurrection, and the New Testament faith interpretation. This interpretation goes on in the Church’s Tradition and the appearance of the Trinitarian doctrine, and today’s re-appropriation.
 
Th202  Theology of the Church
After a short study of the present-day situation of the Church (see), the course considers the origin of the church and the faith-reflection on the Church’s identity in the New Testament, Tradition, and Vatican Council II (judge).  This faith-reflection calls for a new pastoral praxis (act).  Special attention is given to issues raised in the Philippine and Asian contexts.
 
Th203  Theological Anthropology I: Creation and Grace
The course offers an understanding of the human person as a being in relation to oneself, to others, to the world and to God as seen in the light of revelation. The theology of creation is treated from the perspective of today’s ecological crisis, while the theology of grace is considered from the human experiences of God’s habitual presence, the healing power of forgiveness, and the new life in Christ.
 
Th204 Theological Anthropology II: Eschatology
This course is divided into two parts: a) the biblical record on the destiny of Israel found in the prophets, the apocalyptic writers, and the New Testament message of the Kingdom of God, and b) a systematic theology based on the significance of the Christ-event which includes the collective dimension of eschatology (the future of creation, history, and the church), and our individual destiny (a theology of death, judgment, hell and heaven).
 
Th205 Feminist Theology
The course explores feminist insight and critique of traditional Christian theology, and the reconstruction of different motifs in the light of full equality of women with men as a foundational principle of Christianity. It will also discuss the dialogue between feminist theology and other forms of feminist theory.
 
Th206 Ancient Church History
The course focuses on the early period of the history of the Church: from the beginnings to her expansion, the difficulties encountered (different religions and philosophies, the State/Empire, the persecutions), her recognition by the State, to its becoming the religion of the Empire.  It also traces the development of different aspects of Church life such as doctrine, organization, worship.
 
Th207 Medieval Church History
The course deals with the history and interpretation of events, thought, institutions and faith life of Roman Catholics of the Middle Ages (500-1500), with a combined thematic and chronological approach. Attempt will be made to analyze data from a multi-disciplinary perspective based on both primary and secondary sources.
 
Th208 Modern Church History
The course includes major events, personalities and social forces influencing the Roman Catholic Church from the period of the Protestant Reformation till Vatican Council II. It highlights turning points to the development of contemporary Catholicism.
 
Th209 Philippine Church History
A survey of the history of Church in the Philippines. Special attention is given to the years of turbulence and change: the change from Spanish dominance to that of the American, from revolution to pacification, the religious aspect of the revolution and the involvement of the clergy, the responses of the Holy See, the Aglipayan schism, and the coming of the foreign (non-Spanish) missionaries.
 
Th210 Women in Church History
The course traces the themes of partnership, invisibility, and discrimination of women as well as that of women’s leadership throughout church history beginning with the early centuries. It will highlight the lives and works of certain influential women and the development of ministry of women.
 
Th211 Marian Theology
The course will study the figure of Mary as a religious symbol of enduring power in the Christian tradition. In the light of contemporary scriptural, theological and anthropological insights, it will reflect on Mary, a woman of faith and model disciple.
 
Th215  Synthesis: Systematic Theology
The students form teams and each team prepares a short synthesis of a theological treatise. This synthesis is presented in class. It is further elaborated in a series of questions which are the subject matter for the comprehensive examination. Each student has to prepare a set of questions. Some of these questions are discussed in class.
 
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3.   Moral Theology (Th301-Th315)
Th301 Personality Development and Human Sexuality
The course aims to understand personality development and human sexuality from a psycho-social point of view in order to help the students feel comfortable with their own personhood and enable them to help others make sound moral judgments regarding its various aspects.
 
Th302 Christian Sexual Ethics
A sound theology is rooted in life. Therefore, this course starts with a look at the Philippine situation regarding sexual values and experiences and proceeds with the study and interpretation of some empirical data in the light of the Judaeo-Christian Tradition. A historico-critical study of the various socio-cultural and academic settings is critiqued in the light of a more biblical and holistic anthropological framework.
 
Th303 Social and Cultural Analysis
This course will explore social and cultural analysis as tools for theological-ethical reflection and praxis. It will also address the meaning of cultures and societies in transition, the political economy of globalization as context for ministry for human dignity and justice, and religious communities as change agents.
 
Th304 Justice and Liberation
The course will look systematically at themes concerning justice and liberation, especially in the liberation theology of the poor. These themes will include, for example, social sin, option for the poor, taking sides, solidarity, equality and mutuality, our being co-creators with God. Current trends in development including globalization will be considered.  The Catholic social teaching will also bee considered.
 
Th305 Feminist Ethics
The course will deal with the dilemmas surrounding traditional understanding of sex roles in society and culture, ethical issues as they impinge on women’s lives, and the reconstruction of Christian ethics as moral imperative.
 
Th306 Bio-Ethics
The course focuses on health issues of special relevance to life in the Philippines and the implications of the right and responsibility to life. Issues such as abortion, euthanasia, sterilization, amniocentesis, etc., are tackled in the light of sound medical-moral principles.
 
Th307 Spiritual Theology
After a brief sketch of the history of the Christian spirituality, some important aspects of contemporary spirituality are discussed. Students are asked to reflect on reality and their own experiences and as well as that of others.
 
Th308 Ecological Ethics
The course aims to help the students to appreciate the environment, to analyze the causes and effects of its global and national degradation, to recognize the need for an alternative environment ethic, and to realize that environment concern is integral to evangelization. It will have the students critically read and evaluate materials, e.g., audio-visual, articles, documents, data, etc. Ideas and data are to be enriched through group discussions, paper presentations, and if circumstances allow, exposure to environmentally-affected people and places. While the course will provide some necessary and appropriate input, the course output will be students’ co-responsibility through creative presentations of understanding.
 
Th309 Spirituality of Women
The course will deal with women’s development and its implications for their spirituality. It will explore the meaning of women’s lives and interpretation of personal narratives, as well as examine the spiritual writings of noted women authors and leaders.
 
Th310 Special Themes in Moral Theology
The course will help students explore in depth some key issues in specific areas of Christian ethics as: the meaning of the good life, erosion of community, economic problems, humanity’s relationship to the environment, human rights, sexual behavior, truth-telling and public life.
 
Th315  Synthesis: Moral Theology
After three years of theological studies and of extensive pastoral experience/exposure the course aims to form a cohesive totality-picture. How do the insights from moral theology enrich and help us in our experience with the people? How do our contacts in our pastoral areas give life and color to out theological studies? Though fundamental option, the concept of sin, conscience are basic issues, a whole gamut of topics can be tackled, partly depending on the student’s preferences.
 
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4.   Liturgy and Sacraments (Th401-Th415)
Th401 Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism and Confirmation
The course examines the development of the liturgical complex whereby people are initiated into the Christian church (Eucharist is given only brief treatment). A historical survey stresses the original unity between baptism and confirmation, and attempts to point the way to more pastorally effective approaches to initiation. Touched on are the modern problems of the breakup of the sequence of initiation, the introduction of reconciliation before Eucharist, and the RCIA. The practice of infant baptism is seen from the perspective of developmental psychology.
 
Th402 Eucharist
The course studies the broad historical development of our present eucharistic faith, with special emphasis on its biblical and Patristic foundations. Recent theology is studied especially in its ecumenical dimension. Finally, the liturgical structure of the Eucharist and the Eucharistic Prayer are taken up to probe the theology and form of our prayer today, in view of its more meaningful and vital celebrations.
 
Th403 Ministry: Priesthood
The course offers a historical and pastoral survey of the development of ministry in the church. Emphasis is given to the history and development of the ordained ministry, with special attention to the sociological conditions that have conditioned our present practice of ministry, as a means of suggesting possible avenues of change for structuring the ministry needed in the church and society today.
 
Th404 Ministry: Laity
The first part of the course is geared toward a pastoral theology of ministry for the laity. It analyzes the state, lights and shadows, of the laity in the church since Vatican Council II and leads to a rediscovery of the laity as church with its various services and ministries, from the perspective of Jesus’ praxis and the New Testament’s experience of discipleship for the reign of God. The second part of the course touches on practical concerns for nurturing and promoting ministry of the laity today.  Special emphasis is given to the place and contribution of the laity’s poor and the women.
 
Th405 Marriage and Family Life
In its fullness, marriage is a living experience of total communication between man and woman. The usual course on marriage centers around content: facts, data, problems, doctrines, rules and regulations. This course provides a completely different approach. It doesn’t try to present data about marriage; it tries to living a living experience of marriage. The teaching couple are the content of the this course. They are the “book” for the course.
 
Th406 Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
The first part of the course attempts to understand the crisis in the practice of Penance historically. Emphasis is given to a more biblical understanding of sin and reconciliation. This is followed by a short study of Anointing of the Sick. After an examination of the biblical and historical foundations, the course studies the New Rite and attempts to restore the ecclesial dimension to the experience of sickness and dying. The pastoral point of course is designed to prepare students to be better guides and ministers of the Christ’s mercy in the confessional. Students are given realistic situations they will encounter, and their style and accuracy in applying the principles of moral theology are critiqued both by the class and professor.
 
Th407 Women Liturgies
The course explores the liturgical praxis for and by women by looking for ways to make the rituals more meaningful, inclusive and transformative of the lives of the whole Christian community.
 
Th408 Pastoral Care of the Sick
Through the combination of theoretical inputs and practical exercises, the students are helped to become aware of the importance and the dynamics of communication. They will be guided to understand themselves better in order to become more effective pastoral care givers, capable to address, out of care and love, the spiritual and psychological needs of the sick.
 
Th413  Synthesis: Sacramental Theology
As a synthesis course, it relates the renewal of Sacramental Theology to the renewal of other major theological disciplines, namely,, Christology, Ecclesiology and Anthropology.  The students are then required to present a synthesis of the seven sacraments. The method employed is class presentation, group discussion and open forum.
 
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5.   Missiology (Th501-Th515)
Th501 Symbolic Language of Religion
The course explores symbolic communication as approximation of the presence of Mystery in religious experience. It will analyze the nature, structure and power of symbol in myth, ritual, and sacrament, including its socio-cultural dimension. It will also highlight the importance of symbols, particularly of rituals, in human living.
 
Th502 Religious Worldviews
The course attempts to come to an understanding of the religious systems or unified concepts of the world held by ethnic and cultural groupings in different areas of the world through analysis of their concepts and symbols for describing language, history and social structure.
 
Th503 Mission Theology
The first part of the course orients the students in the theology of mission: the goals, subject and paradigms of mission. The second part looks at mission in context: the evangelization of cultures, theology of religions, pluralism, interfaith dialogue, contextual theologies, and quest for justice.
 
Th504  Cross-Cultural Communication
The course aims at nurturing and deepening cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural competency as a Christian response to a world that is increasingly globalized.  It includes the meaning and structure of communication and culture in general, the cross-cultural and inter-religious aspects of language, non-verbal behavior, value orientations, and ways of reasoning with special reference to the religious dimension.
 
Th505 Sociology of Religion
The course is a general introduction to various problems concerning the relationship between religion and society (including the social forms of religion), particularly in our present age and in a global context. The approach to be used is that of “sympathetic detachment” as adopted in the social sciences (and therefore not from the standpoint of theology.
 
Th506 World Religions
The course offers an introduction to the main themes of the major religions of the world based on the phenomenological approach. It tries to provide a basic understanding of “religion” and its multiple and dynamic aspects, and the varied expressions of religious experience and attitude.
 
Th507 Theology of Religions
The course will seek theological understanding of the relationship between Christianity and the religions of the world, as well as its distinctiveness and similarities with these religions. Emphasis is on dialogue between the Christian and the non-Christian as persons.
 
Th508 Filipino/Popular Religiosity
A study of Filipino religiosity from the perspective of the popular cultural systems in the Philippines from which to derive people’s key values, world-views, and symbols of faith-life. Implications for the healing ministry, inculturation, contextualization of faith, and integral evangelization are also investigated.  This course may be substituted by “Pastoral Perspectives on Popular Religion” which is a general introduction to religion and religious phenomena and expressions.
 
Th509 Women in World Religions
The course gives a historical survey of the religious roles and lives of women in major religions. Special attention will be given to the status of women in traditional societies and its relationship to women’s religious achievements.
 
Th510 Culture and Feminism
The course is an exploration of three issues: (1) the cultural turn in third world liberation theologies in relation to the concepts of “culture”; (2) the openness and limitations of the classic mediations of liberation theology; (3) possible areas for reconstruction.
 
Th511 Special Themes in Missiology
The course presents different issues in missiology, analyzes them against the various theologies of mission and the needs of the church today. It will give emphasis to the world-wide phenomenon of globalization, liberation struggles, the environmental crisis, and Christian unity and pluralism.
 
Th516 Synthesis: Missiology
Students who prepare a thesis on missiology have to pass a comprehensive examination in missiology. This exam is prepared in a workshop with one of the professors of missiology. The main themes of the courses of missiology are summarized and presented in class by the students.
 
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6. Pastoral Ministry (Th601-Th612)
Th601  Ministry of Healing and Accompaniment I & II
This is a two-semesters pastoral course with practicum.  The first part is about pastoral counseling that aims to offer students an experience of the basic helping skills needed for individual counseling in the Philippine context. The first part of the course deals with the psycho-dynamics of personality development, intrapersonal and interpersonal, normal and deviant, and relevant cultural factors. The first part of the course also treats the principles of a humanistic-Christian approach to individual pastoral counseling, focusing on basic helping skills. The second part deepens the students’ experiences in counseling by focusing on the person of the counselor, his/her sexuality, psycho-spiritual dynamics, metapersonal (societal) dimensions as a pastoral care-giver.  The course may also take up the healing process in other contexts, e.g., retreats and recollections, spiritual direction, etc.   Th301 can serve as a substitute courses for this second part of Th601.
 
Th602  Ministry of Preaching and Prophesying I & II
A two-semesters pastoral course with practicum.  One module offers instruction on the preparation of homilies, particularly on the development of content. Pointers on delivery are also given.  Practice preaching is held in parishes. Each student prepares and delivers at least four homilies in selected parishes and communities.

The course also has a module that focuses on the methods and skills needed to design awareness and formation program at the parish or more local levels, e.g., BECs. Based on the Lumko approach, it shows how to link theology and life, and uses the ecclesiology envisaged by PCP-II. Another module on “Handling Bible Sessions” is provided in order to explore various ways in which we can share God’s word with others, and help us to develop skills needed to do so profitably.  Participants are given learning opportunities to apply their biblical knowledge into particular programs and activities for lay people.
 
Th603 Ministry of Worship and Celebrations  I & II
A two-semester pastoral course with practicum.  The first part provides guidance in the practical administering of the various sacraments and some sacramentals. The principles of liturgical presidency are taught experientially.  Class comment and critique are expected on practical exercises done in pastoral settings.

This is followed by a module on Christian celebrations in a pastoral setting.  The special courses aim at creating sacramental rituals that flow from the soul of the people.  After a brief introduction on the importance of celebrations in human and Christian living, participants will create their own community-oriented celebrations, to have these critiqued and deepened in the light of some insights on theology and spirituality.
 
Th604 Ministry of  Nurturing Communities I & II
A two-semester pastoral course with practicum. It is concerned about managing and administering a pastoral or missionary community, particularly in the following aspects: group building and community organization, planning and development of programs, logistical maintenance, financial transparency and human resource development.
 
Th605 Canon Law I
Canon Law is a science dealing with the norms of the Church in the light of faith. This course intends to study some fundamental questions related to the most important norms of the Church. It covers Book I, II and III of the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
 
Th606 Canon Law II
This course is a pastoral study of Church legislation on the sacraments (except the sacrament of marriage), the sacramentals, liturgy of the hours, funerals, cult of the saints, sacred images and relics, and sacred places and times as provided for in the 1983 Code of Canon Law (Book IV).
 
Th607 Marriage Law

The course seeks to examine the different approaches and basic frameworks adopted in the formulation of a theology of marriage. A more biblical and holistic anthropological framework is adopted to rethink theology of marriage today. The second part of the course studies some legal aspects of marriage: the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the new Filipino Family Code.
 

Th608 Basic Ecclesial Communities
The course examines the BECs as a concrete expression of the Church of Communion and Participation as Community of Disciples and Church of the Poor, following the PCP-II (Second Plenary Council of the Philippines) model of Church.  It looks into the what, the why, and the how of the BEC.  It is an attempt, together with students, to search for a more relevant and a more meaningful pastoral praxis in the light of the present social; realities in the Philippines, especially in the light of PCP-II’s thrust on Integral Evangelization.
 
Th609 Women in Philippine Society and Religion
The course will analyze the contemporary situation of women in the Philippines and the historical forces that have shaped their sex and gender roles. It will give emphasis to the leadership aspects of women’s familial, societal and religious lives.
 
Th610 Media Language for Evangelization
This is a course on how to use audio-visual and mass media, specifically movies in pastoral work and for evangelization.  It will also media language to revelation and the signs of the times, and its importance today in the Philippines and in missionary endeavors.
 
Th611 Photography for Evangelization
The course aims to develop competence in grasping the social reality on film. After a general introduction to photography, the student is introduced to actual picture taking and given assignments to develop his technique in a variety of styles.
 
Th612 Foreign Language
Students take up any foreign language that can be beneficial for mission work, e.g., Filipino, English, Spanish.
 
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