Saturdays—Sept. 23, 30,         Oct. 14, and 21, 2017    (9:30am– 11am)

In the Beginning was the Word:  The Gospel of John
Instructor: Dr. Jody Vaccaro Lewis, Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at PFIC

The Gospel of John represents a significant apostolic witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the Church.  This course offers an overview of the Gospel of John, beginning with a brief look at the author, date, and structure of the gospel.  We will then discuss in more detail some of the significant passages of the gospel, such as the Wedding at Cana, the Raising of Lazarus, and the Passion.  To open our discussion of Scripture, we will consider sections of Verbum Domini by Pope Benedict XVI.   

Dr. Jody Vaccaro Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at the PFIC.  She earned her Ph.D. in Theology at the University of Notre Dame in the areas of New Testament and the Early Church.

Systematic Theology

 Wednesdays—Jan. 10,  17, 31 and             Feb. 7, 2018     (7:30pm-9pm)

The Masterworks of God:  The Sacraments
Instructor: Dr. Gregory LaNave, Professor of Systematic Theology at the PFIC

The seven sacraments of the Church are human ritual acts and mighty works of God in our presence.  They are signs of holy realities that make us holy.  This course will treat many of the classic theological questions about the sacraments: Why has God given them to us? Why are there only seven? What makes a sacrament? What is the role of the minister---and the recipient? How do the sacraments work in us?  And how are we to understand modern contested questions about the sacraments?

Dr. Greg LaNave is Professor of Theology at the PFIC, where he has taught since 2003. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology at The Catholic University of America, and is the author of Through Holiness to Wisdom: The Nature of Theology according to St. Bonaventure.  For over 20 years he has edited the PFIC’s academic journal, The Thomist.


Saturdays—April 14, 21 28,    May 12, 2018 (9:30am-11am)


Wednesdays - April 11, 18, 25  and May 2, 2018  (7:30pm - 9pm)

The Beauty of Faith: Christian Art in Theology and the Spiritual Life
Instructor: Dr. Jem Sullivan, Adjunct Faculty at the PFIC

We live in the midst of a visual culture. Image and sound dominate everyday life. We are led to ask - what is the place and role of Christian art and beauty in theology and in the spiritual life? This course begins by exploring theological, anthropological, historical, and cultural reasons for Christian art. A brief overview of the history of Christian art shows how truth and goodness have taken the form of the beautiful in the Church's rich artistic heritage, developed over two thousand years. 
Dr. Jem Sullivan, wife and mother, earned a doctorate from The Catholic University of America.   She is the author of The Beauty of Faith: Christian Art and the New Evangelization. Jem writes art essays in Magnificat and is a guest contributor on a featured art segment on EWTN News Nightly. Jem hosted and wrote an hour long documentary special, The Beauty of Faith: Sacred Art in the New Evangelization, that aired on EWTN. PFIC faculty contributed to this special documentary on Christian art.

Spiritual Theology                                                                                                                                                          Instructor: Father Basil Cole, OP - Professor of Moral and Spiritual Theology at PFIC

Spiritual theology is the cream of theology as it takes in many of its branches and attempts to understand and apply the doctrines of dogma and moral to one’s relationship to God, and especially how to grow in this relationship. Traditionally it was divided into two separate branches called ascetical theology and mystical theology. In the Thomistic tradition, it is one branch of theology. One has to understand how actual grace, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, charisms, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit are related. Then one is ready to understand how to advance in the love of God and his Church. All is based on the desire for God and his kingdom in one’s particular vocation whether lay, religious or priestly.  Since everyone is called to be perfect in grace as God is perfect in nature, then it is a highly practical course since one must learn the stages of prayer and contemplation and how they can fit in daily life.

Fr. Basil Cole, OP is a native of San Francisco. After graduating from the University of San Francisco went on to become a member of the Western province of the Dominicans. He was ordained a priest in 1966, received his license in theology in France before beginning his life as a prior, parish missionary and professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) from 1985-98. During that time, he earned his doctorate in theology at the Angelicum writing on the relationship between music and morality. He has written articles for Nova et Vetera, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, The Priest, Revista Angelicum. He is also the author of The Hidden Enemies of the Priesthood, and co-authored, Christian Totality:Theology of Consecrated Life, a text used in many novitiates throughout the world