Aquinas Institute Offerings

From the Aquinas Institute

Our Fall 2015 Course Offerings are available below!  Online registration is available on Registration is $60 per course; $30 for currently enrolled college students (valid student ID required).

Fall Course Offerings:

Beginning in September

HT101 Church Fathers (100AD-750AD) explores the writing of the Church Fathers from the time of the Apostles to 750 A.D. The Patristic Period of Church History witnessed several of the most fundamental developments of the Catholic faith including Creedal formation, the two natures of Christ, Trinitarian theology, and Grace.  Join us for this first course in a four part series on the development of theology through the millennia. Instructor: Rev. Clinton Sensat, S.T.L.  The course will be held at St. Thomas More in Eunice on Wednesdays: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7; 6:00PM-8:15PM.

MT102 St. John Paul II on Marriage and Family  Culturally, the institutions of marriage and the family appear to be on the verge of collapse, leaving many Catholics searching for the truth. In an effort to provide answers and hope to the faithful during this challenging time, this six-session study will offer an overview of several documents promulgated by Saint John Paul II: The Gospel of Life, On the Dignity and Vocation of Women, the Theology of the Body and the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World.  Instructor: Mrs. Adele Guillot, M.A.  This course will be held at St. Peter in New Iberia on Thursdays: September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8; 6:00PM-8:15PM.

ST101 Fundamental Philosophy: Philosophic Act and Method  This introductory course seeks to develop two questions: (1) “What is philosophy?” and (2) How does one philosophize?” Special emphasis will be placed on: the emergence of Western philosophy and its historical development, the relation of philosophy to the other sciences, particularly theology, and philosophy as the definitively human act. The course will follow selected writings from across the Western historical canon, to be provided, as well as one full text, to be purchased. Instructor:  Rev. Samuel Fontana, Ph.L.  This course will be held at St. Joseph in Milton on Thursdays: September 10, 17, 24, October 15, 22, 29; 6:00PM-8:15PM.​

DT202 Eucharistic Theology  This course will be an in-depth exploration of the theology of the Holy Eucharist “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, 11).  Using Sacred Scripture and the teaching of the Church Fathers and theologians, this course will explore the biblical, historical, and dogmatic dimensions of Eucharistic theology. The primary goal is to significantly deepen our understanding of the greatest of all mysteries: the “sacrament of sacraments.” Particular attention will be given to the Jewish roots and biblical theology of the Eucharist, the doctrines of the Real Presence and Transubstantiation, and Eucharistic devotion and adoration. Instructor: Mr. Sean O’Connor, S.T.L.  This course will be held at John Paul the Great Academy on Tuesdays: September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 20, 27; 6:00PM-8:15PM.

HT 200 Vatican II Documents  The Second Vatican Council, held from 1962-1965, was the 21st Ecumenical Council in Church history. It set out to address relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the modern world, focusing on a renewal within modern society.  This class is going to be focused on a close examination of the texts of Vatican II, especially its four constitutions Dei Verbum, Lumen Gentium, Gaudium et Spes, and Sacrosanctum Concilium, in order to surmise a proper hermeneutic and appreciation of the true spirit of Vatican II and its implications on the world and Church today.  Instructor: Ms. Katie Austin, J.D./M.A.  This course will be held at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Student Center on Mondays: September 21, 28 October 5, 12, 19, 26; 6:00PM-8:15PM.

Beginning in October

SS103 The Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, & Luke  This course will give an in-depth introduction into the life of Christ, the beginnings of the early Church, and the fruition of the New Covenant.  Emphasis will be on the similarities and contrasts between the Synoptic Gospels.  Students will leave with a new level of familiarity with the New Testament and love for the New Covenant established by Christ in his Church.  Instructor: Mr. Craig Baker, M.A. This course will be held at John Paul the Great Academy on Thursdays: Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3; 6:00PM-8:15PM.

ST104 Theology of Suffering  explores the meaning and experience of suffering through the teaching of the Catholic Church and the lives of the saints.  Instructor: Rev. Patrick Broussard, S.T.B.  This course will be held at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Student Center on Wednesdays: Oct 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2;  6:00PM-8:15PM.