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In conjunction with this years CATH175 course, we announce the following events.  The topic of CATH175 for 2022 is "The Eucharist Makes the Church!" CATH175 meets Monday nights, 5:00-6:30, from September 26 to November 14. Of special interest are the following nights:

OCTOBER 24: Visiting Speaker. Dr. Christopher Mooney, of the Augustine Institute (Denver Colorado). 5:00 in the Chapel!

Mark your calendars now for these events!

Check out Catholic Studies Courses Fall 2022!

CATH 175: Catholic Thought and Culture
M 500-630; Dr. Hemphill (begins Sept 27-Nov 15) 

On Corpus Christi Sunday (June 19, 2022), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commenced the National Eucharistic Revival—a mission “to restore understanding and devotion” to the mystery of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist. In light of this, our subject for Fall 2022 is “the Eucharist makes the Church.” The aim is to contemplate together the mystery of Christ in the Eucharist from within the Church’s heritage and in particular to study how a few significant thinkers in the history of the Church articulate the Eucharist as essential to what the Church is and does.

CATH 201: Faith and Reason
M 630-900; Fr. Lebsock

 In this course, we will discuss the mutual relationship between faith and reason. In order to know God and love him in an intimate spiritual relationship, as well as to know the meaning of one’s life and what it is to be human, both faith and reason are indispensable gifts given to us by God. The Church, throughout her history, strives to know Jesus Christ, her Head through the use of faith and reason. The Magisterium protects and delivers the Deposit of Faith handed down by Jesus and the Apostles. Theology and the lived Christian life seek to pierce the mysteries presented by the Deposit of Faith and attain more profound depths of understanding. We will examine Christian anthropology and how faith and reason work together within the human person. Looking into the writings of the Saints, we will see some of the Church’s vigorous use of faith and reason. Further, we will discuss modern and postmodern obstacles raised against the legitimacy and compatibility of faith and reason. Students should leave confident in their ability to know Jesus Christ, to more deeply understand his Church and his Gospel, to defend the Faith, and to grow in holiness through the use of faith and reason.

CATH 306 Lives of the Saints: Saint Thomas Aquinas
F 1:00-3:30; Dr. Hemphill

Lives of the Saints (CATH 306) continues the exploration of human goodness begun in Catholic
Anthropology (CATH 206) through the study of lives of the saints. The lives of the saints present
extraordinary examples of Christian life lived out in goodness and beauty, often in the face of personal and
social challenges of their culture and time. This iteration of the course is devoted to the life and writings of
Saint Thomas Aquinas. The course will consider his life and his intellectual and cultural significance in the
history and life of the Catholic Church.