THEO 401: DE RESURRECTIO
Course Content: The course will explore in some detail issues regarding the death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. .
The theological understanding of this great mystery and its implication for human salvation will be examined closely in the light of current church teaching. The course will also look into the connection between the Resurrection and the Church.
Type of Mastery: At the end of the programme parts should be equipped with a graduate level acquaintanceship with the regular traditional position and contemporary issues pertaining to the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ability to dialogue intelligibly with skeptics is also expected.
Participants should also appreciate how the Resurrection is central to the mission of the Messiah.
THEO 402: DE NOVlSSIMl
This course will study the doctrine of the last things death, judgment (particular and universal), reward and punishment. It will also focus on the final return of Christ in Glory as well as the end-time-the final consummation of all things and all people. The eschatological teaching of the Church will be presented.
THEO 403: SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY
SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
In the study of the sacrament of reconciliation, effort is geared toward making the students aware of the God of mercy who desires to forgive but at the heart of reconciliation is repentance. The relationship between sacrament of reconciliation and other sacraments through which one can gain forgiveness is exposed in study. While reconciliation is for spiritual illness, anointing is for bodily illness. The theology of sin and illness is looked at more critically with a View of exposing the importance of care for the sick.
THEO 404: ECCLESIOLOGY
This course studies: The term: “The People of God” Its import and its essential components; the Lord and his people; the people of God in the New Testament; the Messianic people; the priestly peoples; the prophetic function of the people of God; the people of God-one and Universal; the necessity of the Church for salvation, and the incorporation into the Church; the meaning of “outside the Church no Salvation,” the real communion, even it imperfect, between the Christian and their Churches and Christians; the Church is, by her nature, missionary; the hierarchical nature of the constitution of the church; the meaning behind the new conciliar perspective concerning the hierarchical structure of the Faith (CHURCH); the Episcopal collegiality; the Magisterium of the Church; and the world and the Church.
THEO 405: MORAL THEOLOGY
PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION
COURSE OBJECTIVE: To help the students understand the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation both as an essential part of the Christian life and an important aspect of the Priest’s ministry. The study will treat its scriptural background, the history of its development, to the present Church’s understanding of the sacrament of Penance.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
The call to Conversion and Reconciliation
Institution/ Scriptural Background
a) Our Lord’s own Ministry of Reconciliation.
b) The Promise to the Apostles Regarding his Mission.
c) The Conferral of the Ministry of Reconciliation.
The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.
Why is Penance and Reconciliation Necessary?
History of its Development .
The Teaching of the Fathers/Councils
i) 2nd century
ii) 3rd century
iii) Patristic age
Theology of Penance and Reconciliation since the 12th century to the present day Contrition, Confession, and Satisfaction.
i) The contrition required for the sacrament of Penance (Perfect & Imperfect)
ii) Confession of Mortal sin/ Venial sin/ and qualities of good confession.
iii) Satisfaction/ What does it mean to do penance for sin.
How does avoiding the occasion of sin contribute to the penitential ordering of Christian life.
- Ministers of the Sacrament
- Faculty Necessary to hear Confession.
- Reserved cases.
- Seal of Confession.
Some basic Characteristics of the Ministry of Reconciliation The Four-fold Role of the Confessor.
THEO 406: MORAL THEOLOGY
GOD’S OWNERSHIP OF BODILY LIFE -ETHICAL) PROBLEMS OF LIFE AND DEATH
COURSE OBJECTIVE: To get students appreciate, value and respect the human life since man’s bodily and mental Integrity and health belong to God. Man has therefore a duty to preserve his own life and that of others as well. Our major sources will be scripture, conciliar documents and teaching of theologians.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED;
- Human life
- Responsibility for health
- Medical Treatments and operations.
- Research involving human beings
- Genetic medicine and engineering
- Reproductive technologies and the problems they raise
- Placing life in Jeopardy/ Taking risks to health and life.
- Attempts against human life
- Capital Punishment
- Morality of War
- Problem of AIDS as an ethical challenge to Christian theological ethics in Africa.
THEO 407: MORAL
HUMAN SEXUALITY AND MARRIAGE
Course Content: This Course is meant to help Seminarians be introduced to the principal elements of Catholic teaching on Human Sexuality and marriage. The readings selected for this course are intended to expose the students to the contemporary discussions on the nature and meaning of human sexuality and the official Catholic teachings on the moral implications and place of marriage and celibacy in human sexuality.
TOPIC TO BE COVERED:
- Sixth and Ninth Commandments..
- Nature and meaning of human sexuality.
- Biblical view of sexuality.
- Vatican Documents on Sexual Ethics.
- Man’s sexual constitution in general
- Dignity of Womanhood
- Mastery of sexuality and failures in it
- Virtues of modesty and chastity
- Sexual fantasies, Masturbation, Lust,
- Necking and Petting Genuine growth in human love
- Premarital sex
- Problem of premarital sex, Non-marital communities
Other sins of heterosexual nature
Prostitution, Adultery, Sins of violence, incest, Homosexuality and sexual deviations
Proper sex education.
COURSE OBJECTIVE: In this course students are introduced to the principal elements in the Catholic tradition on marriages by examining the source of the tradition in official teachings of the Church and recent theological reflections. The method is thematic and partly historical. The readings selected for the course are intended to expose the students to contemporary discussions in moral theology regarding marriage, provide them with necessary background to critically evaluate a wide variety of ethical positions dealing with sexuality and marriage which is truly African and truly Christian. The Issue of Family planning is to be taken care of.
TOPICS TO B E COVERED
- Marriage in general, including aspect of African Marriage
- Essential Properties of Marriage (unity and indissolubility)
- Rights entailed in the Community of conjugal love
- Laws governing non Catholic marriage
- Canonical Form
- Kinds of Marriage (c. 1061)
- Preliminaries or Preparations of Marriage
- Engagement (or Betrothal)
- The ends of marriage – Procreation and education of children and Mutual assistance and completion in love.
- Unity of Marriage
- Indissolubility of Marriage
- Marriage Impediments (c. 1073)
- Constitution of Marriage
- Marital Consent
- Marriage as a Sacrament
- The Form of Marriage
- State and Permanency of Marriage Bond
- Mixed Marriage
- Pauline Privilege and other Privileges
- Effects, Dissolution, Validation and Revalidation of Marriage
- Obligations and Rights of Parents and Children
- Procreative responsibility and regulation of birth
- Natural Family Flaming, others means of birth control and the teaching of the Church.
THEO 408: THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY OF THE PSALMS 2
The course aims at acquainting the students with the Psalter at constitutes the major part of the church’s liturgical prayer book. The course will classify the psalms using two categories: collections and liturgy genres.
It will look into major theological themes and will examine also the spirituality of the psalms.
THEO 409: THEOLOGY OF THE OT PROPHETS
a) Messianism: its origin and development; types of; theology of;. . ..
b) Leading theological contributions of OT prophets either as individuals or in groups eg. Deutero-Isaiah: Salvation in; the universality theme in; The four Servant Songs; Idolatry Polemics in the prophets: eg. Jer. 7:16-20, 30-8:3;10:1ff, and The Life, Work
Teachings of the Minor and major Prophets of OT.
THEO 410: BIBLICAL THEOLOGY
Worship and Biblical Prayer: Sacrificial Cult and Moral Obedience in the Prophets, The Psalter: as Prayer, Formation of; Literary Forms in Theology of and Prayer in the Old Testament: This course will enquire into the meaning and place of Prayer in Hebrew Religion and Life, and will indeed study a select group of Prayer in the OT.
THEO 411: PAULINE THEOLOGY
Course content: Paul’s theology of the Resurrection, Eschatology (Parousia) in Paul, Christology of Paul, Paul’s theology of the Trinity, Ecclesiology of Paul, Law in the thought of Paul and Paul and Gnosticism, Judaism, etc.
THEO 412: NT REVELATION THEOLOGY
This comprises: The teaching of the Church on Divine Revelation, Inspiration and inerrancy, Canonicity, the Bible and the Tradition, etc.
THEO 413: PROPHETIC BOOKS EXEGESIS
This comprises: Immanuel Prophecies, lsaiah: 6,l – l2, 6, 49, 1-7; 50, 4-9; 52. 13-53, 12; Suffering in the prophets, Jeremiah’s oracle I the days of Josiah: Jer 1, l -6, 30, Polemics against false worship; Jer. 7, 1-8, 3, The new Israel in the vision of Ezekiel: Ezek, 40, l – 48, 35, and Amos’ words Woes for the covenanted Israel; Amos. 3, 1 – 6, 14, Hosea’s Marriage and its Lesson: Hosea, 1, 1-3, 5, and the Day of the Lord in the prophecy of Joel: Joel, 1, 1-4, 21, and in the Other Prophets.
THEO 414 : WISDOM LITERATURE AND PSALMS
This comprises: Personification of Wisdom; Exegesis of Proverbs 1, 20-33; 8, 1 -36; Job 28; Sirach 24; Baruch 3, 9 – 4, 4; Wisdom 7 – 9, Wisdom’s gift of immortality: Wis. 1, l – 6. 21, Wisdom and the Wise Ben Sira: Ben Sira 1, 1 -30, 4, 11-19; 6,18-37;16, 24. 17, 23; 19, 20 – 23; 24,1-31; 25,3 – 6; 10-11; 37, 16, Praise of Wisdom Author 1n Ben Sira: Ben Sira 39, 12-35; 42, 15-43, 33 and Exegesis of selected Psalms.
THEO 415: PAULINE CORPUS (THEOLOGY Ill & IV; SEMESTER l & II)
Introducing the man, Paul Life Works, and Death.
Introduction to the Pauline Corpus
Composition and Theology of the Epistle of St Paul to the Romans
Composition and Theology of the Epistle of St Paul to the Galatians
Exegetical Exposition and Analysis of some themes and Passages
Composition and Theology of the First Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians.
Composition and Theology of the Epistle of St Paul to the Ephesians
Exegetical Exposition and Analysis of some themes and Passages
THEO 415: NT EXEGESIS
CATHOLIC EPISTLES AND LETTER TO THE HEBREWS: 3rd year and 4th year.
This course endeavours to study the Catholic Epistles and the Letter to the Hebrews. The students will be presented with a general introduction to these Letters. The authorship, date content, destination and purpose of each of the Letters will be presented. The course will study in detail some of the key passages of some of the Letters.
THEO 417 & 418: LITURGY (LITURGICAL PRAXIS)
This course discusses in great detail the celebrative aspects of the Sacraments -particularly the Eucharist explaining the rubrics, the relevant texts of Holy Scripture, exposition of the history of Holy Mass, the various ministries which the proper execution of the Eucharistic celebration demands; explanation of the requisites for celebrating Mass; the structure of the Mass: The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist with the individual rites pointed out. This would imply explaining to the students some modern documents of the Magisterium on the Eucharist (and indeed the other Sacraments); and explanation of the worship of the Eucharistic mystery outside Mass.
This course also takes time to drill the students now candidates for priestly ordination on liturgical praxis on the celebrative aspects of the Sacraments and Sacramentals -familiarizing them with the various liturgical documents and texts relevant to the pastoral ministry. Effort is also made to expose the students to the various modes of Liturgical Ecumenical and to Ecumenical Dialogue.
Caeremoniale Episcoporum Ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II. Instauratum Auctoritate Ioannis Pauli PP. II Promulgatum.
Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis (Reimpressio) 1985.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
1 . Introduction
2. Institution/Early Celebration of the Eucharist
a) The New Testament Church
b) The Jewish Context
c)The Post New Testament Church/Medieval Church
- The Eucharist: Sharing in the Sacrifice of Jesus
- Matter and Form
- The Real Presence
- Eucharist: Our Spiritual Food/Transforms the Christian moral life
- The Eucharist: A common action and gift which constitutes the Church
- The Minister of the Eucharist: A Sacred action entrusted to priests Ordinary Ministers
- Extraordinary Ministers
- Participation in the Holy Eucharist
- Effects of the celebration of the Holy Euchanst
THE ROMAN MISSAL: Reformed by Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Published by Authority of Pope Paul VI. Revised at the Discretion of Pope John Paul II. Institutio Generalis Misalis Romani, July 2000. (An English Language Study Translation by the Secretariat for the Liturgy of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops U.S.A.
Snaap Press Ltd., Enugu 2001.
THE ROMAN MISSAL: Revised by Decree of the Second Vatican Council and Published by Authority of Pope Paul VI.
LECTIONARY FOR MASS: English Translation Approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See. Catholic Book Publishing Co. New York: 1974.
THE SACRAMENTARY: Approved for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See Catholic Book Publishing Co. New York: 1985.
MISSALE ROMANUM EX DECRETO SACROSANCTI OECUMENICI CONCILII VATICANI II INSTURATUM AUCTORITATE PAULI PP. VI PROMULGATUM. EDITIO TYPICA ALTERA LIBREARIA EDITRICE VATICANA 1975 .
THEO 418: LITURGY
SANTIFICATION OF TIME
Effort should be geared towards the demonstration of Sunday as the day, which is “the foundation and nucleus of the whole liturgical year”; followed by a treatment of the major celebrations in the course of the liturgical year; solemnities of the Lord and the Church’s Liturgical veneration of the BVM and of other Saints.
PSY 401: PASTORAL PSYCHOLOGY
Evaluation in Pastoral Counseling; identifying data; presenting problem/history of problem; family history; mental status exam. Etc. Crisis counseling process; problem solving; marital and family counseling skills for the pastoral worker; overview of marital and family counseling.
PTH 401: PASTORAL THEOLOGY
Attention continues to focus on the parish but this time the emphasis is on administration and operation and operation and mission. Topics to be covered include: Flaming action for present and future development and mission; the pastoral in situation (i) religions with the diocese center and the universal church; parish personnel maintenance an availability; parish educational institutions: structural and Scholastic maintenance; operating parish councils, organizations, societies, committees; pastoral care for other group; and the press, radio, television, and Evangelization.
SPTH 401: SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY
Priests must not only be personally holy, they must also have the skills to lead others to holiness. The purpose of this course is to prepare the participants for spiritual leadership “the ability to influence others through invitation, persuasion and example to move from where they are to where God wants them to be”. The primary platform where the priest exercises spiritual leadership are preaching, celebrating the sacraments and leading the faith community. The course will explore how the priest could use these platforms for spiritual leadership and expose participants to the great spiritual leaders of our Church’s long history like St. Paul, St. Augustine, St. Gregory the Great, St. Theresa of Avila, St. John Vianney, Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta, Blessed Pope John Paul II, etc.