THEO 201: DE DEO UNO ET TRINO
This course is a discourse on the one and eternal God. It is to be undertaken in the light of natural/human reason; from the point of view of the collective experience of the Christian people and other religions, and especially from the way that God has come across in the history of revelation. This course will especially seek to supply answers to atheism and related philosophies. This course studies the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity as is testified to both in the Old and the New Testaments; definitions of Councils and theological demonstrations will be fully explored as well as the meaning of the Trinity in the real life of the Church.
THEO 202: CREATION
This dogmatic treatise will focus on the creation of the world and of people as well as God’s providence as shown or testified to in the revealed word of God in Sacred Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. In addition an attempt will be made to find answers to the so-called objections of positive sciences. This course treats the doctrine of grace and justification in the light of the Church’s teaching. It will focus on the distinctions within the one grace of Christ and nature. Some contemporary theologies of grace will be explored.
THEO 203: DE GRACIA
This course treats the doctrine of grace and justification in the light of the Church’s teaching. It will focus on the distinctions within the one grace of Christ and nature. Some contemporary theologies of grace will be explored.
THEO 204: DE DEO CREANTE ET ELEVANTE
The course is about God insofar as He is the creator of all that there is. He is especially about God as the Creator, Sustainer, Sanctifier and Restorer of humanity. The aim is to equip students with the church’s teaching concerning creatio ex nihilo and present the church’s response to opposing Views. The course will also focus on the reality of the created order-the universe in its unity and variety; the biblical teaching on Hexameron; the creation of spiritual realm, i.e. angels, their nature, operation and fall. Others to be covered include: The Church’s teaching on monogenism (as contained in Humani Generis); the fall of man (Original Sin). Here the development of the church’s teaching will be exposed using data from the Scripture/Tradition, the Fathers and Councils.
THEO 205: SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY
SACRAMENT OF INITIATION: This study includes a detailed analysis of the three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. They will be studied from their doctrinal and theological points of view. The doctrinal errors and aberrations of the different epochs of the history of the church would be exposed so as to help seminarians avoid the same mistakes. The stand of the church with regard to these sacraments would be the priority without neglecting the biblical foundation of the doctrine of the church in this matter and the practice of the Early Fathers.
THEO 206: ECCLESIOLOGY
CATHOLICISM AND ECUNENISM: This course introduces the students to: Catholicism’s New Attitude to Christian unity, to Ecumenism and chanced circumstances with particular reference to sociological Schism and Catholicism and specific movements. There is a brief introduction to Vatican II and the Ecumenical dialogue concluding with a short commentary on Unitatis Redintegratio and Ut Unnum Sint.
THEO 207: MORAL THEOLOGY
THE EUCHARIST: SACRAMENT AND SACRIFICE.
The objective is to help the students understand the Eucharist as the sacrament of the Church, a sacrifice in memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is forever perpetuated, and in itself, is the summit and the source of the worship and Christian life. Topics to be covered: Institution/Early celebration of the Eucharist; The Eucharist: sharing in the Sacrifice of Jesus; Matter and Form; The Real Presence; the minister of the Eucharist; participation in the Holy Eucharist; Viaticum; and effects of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
THEO 208: MORAL THEOLOGY
LOVE OF NEIGHBOUR AND JUSTICE
COURSE OBJECTIVE: To understand the role of love in Christian life. Emphasis will be on its role as the unifying link between the realm of religious life and man’s commitment in the world To believers, the goal of religion could not be a merely visionary mysticism which withdraws from the world as an obstacle to communion to God. Love of God necessarily includes love of neighbor and of God’s creation, and must prove itself in charitable action.
Topic to Be Covered:
1. Nature and order of love of neighbour
a) The Scripture and love of neighbour
b) Nature of love of neighbour
c) Universality and order of love of neighbour
2. Particular manifestations of love of neighbour
3. Christian love transcends the limits of Human Love
a) It transcends the limit set by hopelessness
b) It transcends the limit set by indifference
c) It is not limited by an individualistic ethic
4. Hatred and Evildoing towards others Violate the love command
5. The Virtue of Justice
a) Virtue of Justice and Holy Scripture
b) Nature of Justine
c) Classifications of Justice
d) Justice and love
e) Human Rights as basic demands of Justice.
THEO 209: MORAL THEOLOGY
BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION
This course would help to lead the students to a better understanding of the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. The sacraments are to be studied separately. Emphasis will be on the meaning and effects of these sacraments. That in Baptism, Christian life as a whole is present in embryonic form for baptism unites one with Christ in his Church and confers the grace of divine adoption. This embryonic richness is unfolded in the fullness of mature Christian life (an aspect of this fullness of mature Christian life) into the fullness of the gift of the spirit in Confirmation and this enables us to share in the Lord Jesus revelatory mission which exists in the life of the Church as it communicates of hands on divine truth and love.
THEO 210: MORAL THEOLOGY
THE CHRISTIAN AND EARTHLY GOODS
Topics to Be Covered;
- Concept of Ownersh1p
- Object of Ownership
- Moral basis for the Right to Private Ownership
- Limitations of Private Ownership
- Universal Purpose of Created Goods
- Subject of Ownership
- Title of Ownership Violation of Ownership
- Violation of Ownership
- Reasons which permit appropriation of other’s Goods
- Restitution for violation of ownership
- Causes which excuse from restitution
THEO 211: THE OT
CONTENT, MESSAGE AND INTERPRETATION THE PENTATEUCH: The Historical Books; the Prophets; the Psalms and Wisdom Literature; the Deuteronomical History; Revelation/the Word of God; the God of Israel/Israel of God.
THEO 212: THE NT
The Basileia of God in the Life and Ministry of Jesus
The in-breaking of the Basileia of God constitutes the central message of Jesus of Nazareth. What this means is concretized in the life and ministry of Jesus in his words and actions, in his encounters with other characters (God, human beings, demonic forces, etc.) in the story world of the Gospels. But what is this Basileia all about? What conception of Basileia underlies it? What is behind it (its religious, cultural, literary and political background)? What signs and symbols are associated with it? How does it come to be? How does it work? Is it a reality here and now or something to be expected in the future? Has the Basileia come already or will it still come (how and when)? How does Jesus concretize its being and coming into being (his life, words and deeds, encounters with people, healings/miracles, parabolic speeches)? What is the connection between the Basileia of God proclaimed and embodied by Jesus and Jesus’ death and resurrection? What have the first disciples of Jesus and his subsequent disciples down to us have to do with Jesus’ message of God’s Basileia?
The course sets to address these and related questions with the goal of establishing that, with Jesus of Nazareth, the Basileia of God has begun to become a reality (temporally, spatially as well as theologically and existentially) not only at the time of Jesus, but all through history (even as it awaits its consummation in the Eschaton). It also aims at encouraging students to see themselves as being involved with and therefore part of this in-breaking Basileia of God. Our point of departure shall be the texts of the NT (especially the Synoptic Gospels) where the term “Basileia” appears (explicitly or implicitly).
THEO 213: THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS AND THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Christology of the Synoptic Gospels, parables in the Synoptic Gospels, Miracles in the Synoptic Gospels, and The Holy Spirit in the Acts of the Apostles.
THEO 214: HISTORY OF LITURGY
This course makes a survey of the main period in the history of the liturgy-showing the Jewish background of Christian Liturgy. It traced the various periods of Liturgical History thus: the Apostolic Period; the Patristic Period; the Middle Ages; the Reformation and Beyond; the Council of Trent and Counter Reformation to the Baroque Period; the Modern and Contemporary Period (including the Liturgical Movement) -all preludes to the Second Vatican Council’s Document on the Liturgy -the Sacrosanctum Concilium. This course also gives a brief general introduction and overview of the Sacraments of the New Law with Particular emphasis on the Paschal Mystery in the Church’s Sacraments.
BLH 201: BIBLICAL HEBREW
(Semester l & II)
This is the continuation of BLH 101. Students are required to master and advance the basics of BLH 101 and advance on them; introduced into verb forms, the qutal and yiqtol. Students are required to recognize and read some passages from the Hebrew Bible (Genesis, Psalms, Judges). Required to gain some little proficiency in translation and transliteration and advanced in some points of grammar and syntax.
BLG 201: BIBLICAL GREEK
This is a continuation of BLG 101. Students will be assisted to significantly advance in their knowledge of the syntax and morphology of the Biblical Greek. The specific goals of the Greek course in the Second Year are as follows: Ability to translate complex sentences from Greek and into Greek, Facility in reading Greek out loud. These specific goals are designed to result in the ability to read and understand the Greek texts of the Gospels. The Gospel of John is read as part of the course.
201: CANON LAW
The emphasis of this course is on the need for the Church to have and to train its ministers according to its mission. There is further a study to the hierarchical constitution of the Church. Topics to be covered include: Background to the formation of sacred ministers, and right of the Church; Major and minor seminaries; Incardination; and Excardination. Roman Pontiff, the college of Bishops, Synod of Bishop, Cardinals of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, Roman Curia, Pontifical Legates, Particular Churches and Bishops.
The course looks at the formation of candidates to the sacred ministry, canons 232-203; Orders canons 1008-1064; Hierarchical Constitution of the Church The Supreme Authority, Canons 330-367; Particular Churches, the groupings and internal orderings canons 368-572 there is the study of the Institutes of Consecrated Life, Societies of Apostolic Life and Secular Institute, canons 573-746; the Temporal Goods of the Church-Acquisition, Administration, Contracts, Alienation, and Pious Foundation, canons 125-1301.
PSY 201: PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I
Definition, nature, and purpose of the course. Principles of development: Theories of human development especially psychological theory: Overview of development across the life span.
PSY 202: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT I
COURSE OBJECTIVE: To help each participant utilize the knowledge gained is Psy. 201 to reflect on and facilitate his own personal development especially psychosexual development and celibate living. Themes, stages of psychosexual development, Human sexuality and celibacy. Celibacy and African Culture, Celibacy and Spirituality, Intimacy and Friendship in the life of a celibate.
PAT 201: THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE FATHERS
In this course, the students are put in contact with the Fathers of the Post-Nicean Church up to Chalcedon (451). Through the writings of Arius, Athanasius and the Cappadocian Fathers (Basil and the Gregories) they are acquainted with the Trinitarian controversies. The Christological controversies are mediated to through their being introduced to the works of John Chrysostom of the Antiochene School as well as to those of Cyril of Alexandria. They learn further of Ephraim from the East and of the great Latin Theologian Hilary, Ambrose, Jerome and Augustine.
SPTH 201: SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE AGES
COURSE OBJECTIVE: The students are introduced to the Spirituality of the Middle Ages as a follow up to the Spirituality of the Early Fathers (Latin/Greek) which they studied in their first year.
Topics to be covered:
Monastic Spirituality: (a) Medieval Piety (b) The New Orders (c) St. Norbert and Premontre (d) Canon of St. Victor (e) Scholasticism; The Mendicants: (a) St. Dominic and the Friars Preachers (b) St. Francis and Friars Minor Italian Spiritual Writers: (a) St. Catherine of Siena (b) Catherine of Genoa; The English Mystics; Northern Humanists before the Reform.
SPTH 202: SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY
COURSE OBJECTIVE: Attention is focused on Modern Spirituality or the Spirituality of Reformation,
Topics to be covered include:
Spiritual Exercise (a) St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross. (b) Spain’s Golden Age (c) ltalian Spirituality (d) St. Francis de Sales. Sources of French Spirituality: (a) Jansenism, Quietism (b) Return to Orthodoxy,Alphonsus Liguori (c) German Rationalism and Mysticism (d) Revival in England.
MIS 201: MISSIOLOGY
THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MISSIOLOGY
Introduction of Some Missionary Documents; Pre-Vatican II Documents; Ad Exterors; Maximum Illud; Rerum Ecclesiae; Evangelii Praecones, Fidei Denim, Princeps Pastorum; Vatican II and PostVatican 11 Documents: Ad Genres Divinitus, Evangelii Nuntiandi, Redemptoris Missio, Ecclesia In Africa, etc.
CCH 201: CHURCH HISTORY
THE CHURCH IN THE REFORMATION ERA: The factors in the decline of medieval Christianity and the rise of Renaissance threw up a lot of challenges for the Church. Looking at these contending issues, we will more with the main doctrinal and disciplinary issues that gave rise to the Protestant and Catholic Reformation. Some detailed analysis of the origins, accomplishments and failures of the ecumenical councils from the Council of Constance (1414-1418) through the Council of Trent (1545-1563) would provide students with a clear View of many-sided and dynamic work of the councils as the custodian of orthodoxy, conserver of the papacy and medium of change (reform) in the church. Our study here would end with the consolidation of the decrees of the Council of Trent.
CCH 202: CHURCH HISTORY
HISTORY OFTHE CHURCH IN AFRICA
The Early Church in North Africa, beginning, rise and fall. The gains of the Church of North Africa, Monasticism, Theology: St. Augustine, Tertullian, Cyprian of Carthage. The middle period of the church in Africa: Evangelization efforts between 15th and 17th centuries. The Catholic Church and slave trade Contemporary African Christianity. New attempt at evangelization during the colonial period, Gains of the contemporary African Christianity. History of Christianity in West Africa, in Nigeria, in Igboland. Fr. M. I. Tansi.