Xin giới thiê.u Online Continuing Education Opportunity

In case any of us is interested in taking some online courses from the Josesphinum.


From: Josephinum Diaconate Institute [
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:05 PM

Subject: Josephinum Diaconate Institute Fall Registration


This is an offering of courses for Permanent Deacons and others interested in earning continuing education credit ~ please pass this e-mail on to a deacon or other colleague in ministry.– Thank you!

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We are now taking registrations for the FALL 2014 Semester
The Fall semester runs from September 14 – December 20, 2014 

Classes run for twelve short weeks with a holiday break for Thanksgiving 
from November 23 – November 29!
All classes and exams will be completed by December 20th .


Including three NEW courses in The Prophets, Implementing the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults and a six week course in Catholic Social Teaching.

+ Candidacy and Continuing Education classes are for twelve weeks and earn two college credits.
+ Aspirancy classes are for six weeks and earn one college credit.
+ All classes are delivered via the Internet




Continuing Education
and Candidacy


6 Weeks (1)

12 Weeks (2)

Single Course



Two Courses



(1) Six weeks of classes and a final exam week. 
(2) Twelve weeks of classes and a final exam week. 
(3) Payment for courses is due two weeks before the start of class.

Additional information is available on our web site:

Click a button below to REGISTER!

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If you have any questions about registering please e-mail us at 
or call Deacon Michael Berstene at 1-877-933-2266

The Josephinum Diaconate Institute Fall 2014 Course Offerings

BI 510 DE The Pentateuch

Beginning with an overview of the methodology used for the study of the course will introduce students to the content and structure of the five books of the Torah, and their relationship to the other books of Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments. The approach taken to the material is the Documentary Hypothesis, the dominant modern theory concerning the formation of the Pentateuch. Students will be prepared to incorporate the Pentateuch into reflection, study and preaching. 
Facilitator:  Dr. Scott Seeman, Associate Professor of Theology at Walsh University

BI 601 DE The Prophets

The prophets tell the story of God’s Chosen People. As voices of God, they also held the actions of leaders and people up to scrutiny in light of God’s law, and issued warnings about the consequences of disobedience. The Major Prophets are emphasized, the course also will cover several of the Minor Prophets and the ”Former” Prophets. Familiarity with the writings of the prophets in their historical context leads to a better understanding of the relationship between Old Testament prophets and New Testament texts and events. Facilitator: Deacon Justin Green, PhD

CL 612 DE Canon Law for Deacons

Canon law, the internal legal system of the Catholic Church, is the oldest continuously functioning legal system in the western world and affects virtually every aspect of Catholic life. The course introduces the basic principles of canon law, including its history and principles of interpretation. The course addresses questions that are most likely to be faced by deacons in ministry, including the rights and responsibilities of clerics, governance in the church, laws governing the sacraments of which the deacon is minister with an emphasis on marriage.  Facilitator: Deacon William Dunn, P.E.

DO 511 DE Fundamental Theology

The course examines the ways in which humanity knows that God exists and how God is revealed in the world and in Scripture. The study of creation, life and the purpose of human life offers important insights into the mind and the plan of God, including the fall and redemption of humanity. God sent the Son to redeem humanity. How does this act of love on the part of the Father and then of the Son in embracing the cross reveal more about God? Early in its history, the Church addressed fundamental theological questions, and through centuries of debate and decision developed basic Magisterium teachings that are reflected in today’s ecclesiology and liturgy.
Facilitator: Reverend Walter R. Oxley, STD; Assistant Professor; Vice Rector; Director of Pastoral and Apostolic Formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum

DO 725 DE Sacramental Theology

A comprehensive study of the theology and rites for administering the Sacraments. The course examines biblical foundations for each sacrament, the way that the Church has understood and practiced its life of prayer and sanctification throughout history using the sacraments. It focuses on the way that the Church currently celebrates the Sacraments. Preparation for diaconal ministry is achieved through an understanding of the developmental history of each sacrament and a study of the liturgical texts. Facilitator: Dr. Martin Grund, PhD

DO 841 DE Philosophy for Understanding Theology

The relationship between philosophy and Christian theology from the perspective of the deacon. What influence have key philosophers through the centuries in shaping Christian theology in both its understandings and forms of expression? Included are the ancient philosophers and a selection of philosophies from early Christian times to post modernism. The Directory emphasizes the important of philosophy in understanding the major doctrines of the Church and recognizes that knowledge of philosophy aids in understanding theology. 
Facilitator: Dr. Scott Carson, PhD; Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University.

MO 841 DE Medical and Health Care Morality for Deacons

An orientation to the theology of the human body, personhood, and human dignity in protecting life from beginning to end and in treating illness. Subjects to be considered include killing and life taking, as well as the principles of double effect, totality, material/formal cooperation, and common good as applied to medical issues. Other topics discussed include ordinary/extraordinary means, especially in death and dying and surgical interventions, questions about sterilization, contraception, and in-vitro fertilization, abortion, pregnancy and delivery. Also examined is the area of doctor-patient relations, informed consent and confidentiality. Facilitator: Deacon Pete Gummere, MA, MS

PA 641 DE Better Homilies for Deacons

This course will explore recent documents on the significance of homilies and their role in ritual. The elements of a good homily and the characteristics of effective delivery are explored in detail. Different examples of preaching styles will be explored as well as different occasions for preaching such as liturgies for children, funerals, weddings and Baptisms as well as Sunday and weekday Masses. Students will post homilies for peer review and will critique homilies posted by fellow students. 
Facilitator: Deacon Kevin Mastellon

PA 868 DE Pastoral Counseling for Deacons

A review of basic counseling theory, processes and skill development, focused on assessment, listening, and goal setting. This course describes various emotional/mental disorders and addresses the question of making appropriate non-professional assessments and professional referrals. The course is intended for deacons in a pastoral setting who have no formal training in counseling. Special emphasis will be placed upon helping the deacon recognize common issues and problems and determine an appropriate response. Students will learn their own strengths and weaknesses in a counseling setting, This is a course in pastoral care, not professional counseling. 
Facilitator: Deacon Robert Yerhot, MSW, LICSW, LMFT

PA 883 DE Marriage and Family Counseling for Deacons

A course to assist deacons in the pastoral care of couples considering marriage, married couples and families. Marriage preparation, including specific programs such as Pre-Cana, FOCUS and related opportunities are covered in detail. Included are consideration of marriage difficulties, divorce and annulment, and the development of a sound spirituality in marriage. The course is designed to support deacons in pastoral situations and is not intended as preparation for professional counseling. 
Facilitator: Deacon Bill Urbine

PA 900 DE Implementing the Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Leading the RCIA process, often in collaboration with clustered or nearby parishes, requires the ability to integrate the wealth of information and documents in the initiation process. This course reviews the extensive literature accumulated over years of experience with the RCIA process in a variety of pastoral settings. Of particular importance is the organization of an RCIA program, the identification and training of volunteers, the structure of classes and other activities and the relationship between catechumenate and the Church. Facilitator: Deacon Frank Iannarino, MA

PA 931 DE Health Care Ministry for Deacons

An introduction to the responsibilities of the chaplain in a hospital or other medical facility in the context of the six major roles filled by the chaplain. Practical modules include: visiting the sick, death bereavement and end of life issues, cultural challenges. crisis ministry and the obligations of a professional in a chaplain position. Participants are required to visit a hospital, work with a chaplain, and complete assigned tasks relating to clinical visits in addition to readings, reflection papers and examination. This course is designed to assist deacons who are asked to minister as a chaplain; it is not preparation for a profession or career as a health care facility chaplain. 
Facilitator: Deacon William McGann, MA, MS

PA 990 DE Introduction to Grief Counseling

A study of bereavement and pastoral responses to death. Students will develop a manner of counseling that will be healing and helpful to the bereaved. Topics includes: attitudes toward death, the grieving process, factors that influence grief, cultural differences and the healing process. Both individual counseling and grief groups will be studied. Role playing will enable the student to gain practical insight.
Facilitator: Staff

SP 611 DE Spirituality for Deacons

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.
Facilitator: Deacon Eddie Easley, PhD

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