College offers summer on-campus theology courses

In addition to its online undergraduate and graduate programs in theology, Saint Joseph's College will offer more than a dozen theology courses on campus this summer. The courses, rooted in Roman Catholic theology and ministry, will help lay people to better understand their faith and serve the Church. Classes are geared toward lay ministers, such as pastoral associate, faith formation director, parish Catechetical leader, parish administrator, chaplain, Chancery official, social services director, liturgical minister, youth minister, and director of religious education.

Many of the summer courses are available only through on-campus classes, rather than online.

Some of the offerings include Faith and Film; Foundations of Catholic Spirituality; Catholic Social Teaching; Christian Leadership and Management; Ministry with the Aging, Sick, and Dying; Introduction to Catholic Doctrine & Theology; Modern Catholicism; and Theology of the Diaconate.

One of the new courses offered for both undergraduate and graduate credit will explore Pope John Paul II's "theology of the body," the late Pope's profound reflection on the mystery of God's love extended into the concrete lives of embodied men and women. Rooted in Scripture, the course raises issues pertaining to creation, sin, and redemption, as well as ethical and moral issues of human sexuality and gender.

Saint Joseph's undergraduate and graduate theology programs offer study of the breadth, depth, and strength of Catholic theology. The programs deepen faith and enable a better-grounded and informed lay ministry.

According to Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Portland, "Not only is there a significant need for these programs in Maine, but a growing market in New England and across the nation as ministerial needs and new lay leadership positions evolve in the Church."

The two-week format of summer courses allows students to earn college credits quickly, expand their professional network, and connect with other students and faculty, while enjoying socializing, off-campus trips and a lobster dinner. Most courses run June 9-20 or July 14-25, and registration dates vary. Accommodations and meals on campus are available for those who don't commute. Early registration is encouraged.
For more information, visit or call 800-752-4723. Saint Joseph's has offered distance education for adult learners since 1976.

April 16, 2008 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail