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Socio-cultural Analysis of India Today

This course is an introduction to understand and to interpret the political, cultural, religious and social realities that has been unfolding in recent years in India. This is meant to sensitize the present Indian realities as we begin to study theology.

– V. Sebastian, SJ


Introduction to Theology & Methodology


Introduction to the OT & Religion of Israel

After dealing with the fundamental themes of Inspiration and Canonicity of the Scriptures, the relationship of the two Testaments, we shall pass on to the geography and history of Israel. A cursory glimpse at the peoples and religions of the Fertile Crescent will help us to study the religion of Israel (with its important theological concepts like God, monotheism, sin, sacrifice, expiation, “Son of God” and monarchy, covenant and law) in its cultural context. The course will analyze the literary character and the religious importance of the Pentateuch.

– Jose Kollemkunnel, SVD


Introduction to the New Testament

This course, in its first part, offers an introduction to the social, religious, cultural, geographical and political worlds which form the matrix of the New Testament. Special attention will be given to Jewish and Greco-Roman milieu. In the second part, the student will be introduced to the writings of the NT and to various critical methods of reading it with reference to the exegesis and hermeneutics of the NT.

– M. Paul Raj


Theology of Faith & Revelation

Faith is our integral response to God and Revelation is God’s way of communicating the Ultimate Experience of God as Love. We briefly examine the Faith-Revelation dynamic of major religions and the specificity of Revelation-Faith in the Bible. We discuss ‘fundamental’ theological issues: the uniqueness of the apostolic foundational experience and its subsequent expressions, the relation between Scripture, Tradition(s) and Magisterium. The course responds to issues between faith-freedom, faith-works, faith-reason, faith-various isms (modernism, secularism, consumerism, religious pluralism, postmodernism and communalism) in the light of the response of Vatican II.

– Richard Lopes, SJ


Introduction to the New Testament


Ethics of Child Protection


Gospel according to Mark

This Course will be developed in three stages:

  1. After a brief introduction, attention will be focused on the main thrust of Mark.
  2. An exegetical study of the gospel with a pastoral concern for the Indian situation.
  3. A synthetic view of the whole gospel with special emphasis on important Marcan themes.

– Thomas Kattathara, SJ


History of Christianity-I

(Early Christianity and Fathers of the Church)

Indian Christian Theology is the result of various Thinkers’ theological reflection on their Christ experience from the complex cultural, religious, socio-political Indian Context. These thinkers include the Pioneers, Hindus, Converts, Protestants and Catholics who develop their theology from the varying perspectives of the diverse contexts of India. The course surveys their contribution to Indian Christians Theology. Their reflections lead us to arrive at Indian Christologies of Jnana, Karma and Bhakti Margas that merge in the Prema Marga of Jesus. The course takes into consideration the challenges posed by the contemporary Indian context of many religions, many cultures and the poor.

–  Jesuraj Rayappan, SVD


Theology of Christian Worship

The Course aims at the formation of liturgical animators to enlighten the faithful on the liturgy and make the liturgy meaningful and relevant. The content of the course is as follows: Role of Worship, Nature and Definition of Liturgy, Liturgy of the Word, Evolution of Rites, Indigenization, Participation, and Liturgy relevant to life.

– V. M. Jose, SJ


Pentateuch

The first part of this course gives a general introduction to the Pentateuch with a special focus on different theories and hypothesis regarding the formation of the Pentateuch. The second part is devoted to the hermeneutical reading of the various units of the Pentateuch: Primeval History, Patriarchal Stories, Exodus Narrative, Wilderness Narrative, and the Moab Narrative. In addition to this, an overview of each book will be given by considering its authorship, date, provenance, scope, purpose, genre, literary and canonical context, structure and theology of the Book. Finally it makes an attempt to trace and understand various underlying theologies in the Pentateuch and their relevance for the contemporary society.

– Thomas Karimundackal, SJ


Gospel according to Luke

The course is primarily intended to give students an enhanced familiarity with the distinctive features of the Gospel of Luke. The idea is to look at it as one of the four Gospels making up the Evangelion, yet as presenting the story of the Jesus Movement with certain particular emphases. In the early part of the class-room engagement questions of a general nature will get attention in view of situating the book in its literary and theological context. The major part of the classes will, however, be dedicated to an exegetical study of several key passages in the Third Gospel.

– Jomin Nirappel


General Moral Theology

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the general principles of moral theology. Christian moral principles are based on the natural law and the bible. Since Vatican II, there is a new approach to moral guidance. We can see basically three levels of morality. The course deals with the development of moral theology over the centuries. It also deals with Old Testament and New Testament Morality. Fundamental option supports a person-centred approach to morality and emphasizes the place of the ‘heart’ in moral life. Catholics Church has always upheld the primacy of personal conscience and it believes that conscience is the supreme subjective norm of morality.

– Seena Thomas, MSMI


Theology of Christ Event-I

After a survey of the NT Christologies and the teaching on the Early Christological Councils, there is a systematic theological reflection on Jesus Christ as “the perfect man” (GS 22) and as the Saviour. An attempt is then made to find the meaning and relevance of Jesus Christ for India in the context of religious pluralism and the poverty of the masses.

– Mohan Doss, SVD


Eco-Theology

This course aims at creating a love for Mother earth and a desire to protect her from impending ecological disasters. All living beings are interrelated and have an intimate relationship with the earth. The course will look at the ecological crisis from a theological and spiritual perspective. The areas covered during the course are: the present day ecological crisis caused by the consumerist tendency on modern society, the effects of globalization on ecology, poor and women, the problem of vanishing species, human-made climatic chaos, developmental destruction, the sacredness of Mother Earth, Cosmotheandric spirituality, etc.

–  Jose Thayil, SJ


History of Christianity-II

(Medieval and Contemporary Period)

This course offers to give an overview of the significant developments in Christianity in the second millennium. Some of the topics that will be dealt with are: the rise of Western Christianity; Medieval Christendom and its disintegration; Pre-reform Conditions, Reformation and the Catholic Reform, World Mission, the Enlightenment and Christianity, Vatican I and the Papal Dogmas, World Wars and the Catholic Church and Vatican II and its impact on the Church.

–  Jesuraj Rayappan, SVD


The Book of Revelation

The course will begin with a discussion on the author, audience, date and the literary genre of the book. The introductory part will also deal with the apocalyptic literature and the symbolism in the book of Revelation. After the introductory remarks we shall present the central message and theology of the Book of Revelation based on selected texts. We shall conclude the course with a discussion on the contemporary relevance of the text in our pastoral context.

– Jomin Nirappel


Social Teachings of the Church

The inviolable Human dignity emerging from our creation in the ‘image and likeness of God’ is concretized when human rights are respected. The church believes that our love for Jesus impels us to have consciousness and concern for social realties to be just. Yet this is systemically studied from 1891 onwards with Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum. Catholic social teaching is an effort to spell out just what it means to take up “the joys and hopes, the sorrows and anxieties” of the oppressed and suffering humanity. This course will deal with the principles, guidelines and applications of social
teachings of the Church.

–  Gregory Arokiaswamy, OMI


Theology of Church

This course offers a study of the self-understanding of the Church as seen in the NT, in history, and in Vatican II. It analyses and reflects on some fundamental ecclesiological themes: the historical reality of the Church and its mystery dimension, the Church as a communion of local Churches, a way of being Church in pluralistic India, the Hierarchy: papacy, collegiality, magisterium.

– Seraphim S Tirkey, SJ


Subaltern Theologies

This course aims at in familiarizing students with new ways of thinking about social realities in theology and social sciences. Through the mediation of modern scholarship and in the light of Christian faith this course seeks to understand the questions pertaining to Jesus and social concerns.

–  V. Sebastian, SJ




Gospel according to Matthew

The introductory part of this Course will discuss briefly the unique features of the gospel of Mathew, and its literary structure and theological concerns. The second part will take up an exegetical and hermeneutical reading of selected passages, highlighting the major Matthean themes.

– Naveeen Rebello, SVD


Sociology of Religion

Students will be introduced to the study of religion as an aspect of social structure and social change. The course will examine sociological approaches to systems of belief based on classical and post-modern theorists and define the basic concepts which underpin contemporary debates about the role of religion in society. There are three main objectives of the course: introduce the classical texts and familiarize the students with the major sociological approaches to the study of religion, carefully lay out the theoretical framework developed in each, and connect these to recent debates in the sociology of religion today.

– Shiju Joseph , CSC


Canon Law: Latin

The Course is an introduction to the laws of the Church as contained in the Code of Canon Law. It will discuss the significance of these laws and their practical implications for Christian life.

–  Roque Alphonso


Letters of St. Paul

Gathering information from Paul’s own writings and the rest of the NT we shall first try to understand Paul’s person and mission with a special reference to his “Damascus Experience.” Secondly we shall turn our attention to his epistles as literature and as inspired text. Thirdly we shall attempt an exegetical and hermeneutical study of the basic texts from his epistles to be able to delineate Paul’s contingent, but coherent and systematic theology. Part of this attempt would aim at more appropriate ways of understanding some of his ‘controversial’ texts and at discovering the relevance of Paul’s spirituality for today.

– M. Paul Raj


Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles is said to project a sui generis image of itself when compared with the other books of the New Testament canon. The focus of the course will, therefore, be trained on the many facets of its distinctiveness. After considering in some detail the preliminary issues such as identity of the author, date of composition, purpose of the book and its general outline, class discussion will move on to an exegetical study of certain prominent text-units in the Acts narrative.

– Thomas Malipurathu, SVD


Theology of Mission

Evangelisation involves a theological reflection on the mission of the Church, in the context of the local situation. Vatican II states: “It is above all necessary for the future missionary to devote himself to missiological studies: that is, to know the teachings and norms of the Church concerning missionary activity, the roads which the heralds of the gospel have traversed in the course of the centuries, the present condition of the missions, and the methods now considered especially effective” (AG 26). This is the objective of the course on Theology of Mission.

– Anil Thomas, CM


Christology II, Trinity


Bio-Medical Ethics

The aim of this Course is to enable the students to morally evaluate and pastorally respond to some of the critical ethical issues in the practice of healthcare. After a study of the nature of Bioethics and the basic principles used in the discipline, the Course deals with the ethical issues at the beginning and end of human life, and with some of the moral dilemmas in research and in the practice of medicine. Attention is also given to the social dimensions of healthcare and the pastoral care of the sick and the dying.

–  John Karuvelil, SJ


Theology of Sacraments-I

Sacraments are traditionally defined as “visible signs of invisible grace”. This definition somehow downplays the role of the human community and its crucial commitment to Life. This course seeks to alter this limited vision by studying sacraments as prophetic, symbolic actions geared towards celebrating Life. While believers of all religions perform sacramental actions, Christians specifically focus upon the life-giving, liberative actions of Jesus Christ, which the Church continues to celebrate. We focus on three sacraments: (a) Baptism, (b) Confirmation, (c) Anointing of the Sick, which powerfully proclaim, celebrate and realize the ‘Fullness of Life’ that Jesus Christ came to give.

– Francis Gonsalves, SJ


History of Christianity in India

This course traces the origin and development of the three individual Churches of the Catholic communion (Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankara and Latin), the various Protestant Churches, and the non-Catholic Oriental churches in India. It will also examine critically the phenomenon of mass conversions, and the encounter of Christianity with Indian culture.

– Thomas Kuriacose, SJ


Theology of Human Person

This course studies the reality and mystery of our human existence in the light of Christian tradition of philosophy, theology and scripture with a particular focus on the Catholic tradition. It attempts a foundational theological enquiry into human selfunderstanding, including concepts of person, affectivity, sexuality, individuality and community. This examination will also be informed by what we know from contemporary social and natural sciences. A major portion of the course will consider human-divine relationship through the Christian narratives of creationredemption, sin-grace, and final fulfillment of human existence. Discussions in the course will invite dialogue with perspectives onhuman person offered by non-Christian religions.

– Arjen Tete, SJ


History of Christian Spirituality

Life in the Spirit is at the core of Christian spirituality. As one revisits the history of Christian spirituality one realizes that the Christian spirituality took various forms as it was trying to respond to its life-situation in order to be relevant and contextual. The course makes a survey of Christian spirituality starting from the spirituality of Jesus and of martyrdom (early Church). The Monastic Spirituality, Spirituality in the City, Spiritualities in the Age of Reformation, Spirituality in the Age of Reason and Contemporary Spiritualities are other topics covered in this course.

– Joseph D’Mello. SJ


Pastoral Theology & Admin. of Sacraments

The Course on Pastoral Theology is meant to familiarize students with the pastoral pedagogy concerned with context, mission, message and people. It offers a pastoral perspective to theologizing in India today. The Theology of Pastoral Communication, with reference to sacramental administration, will be presented along with practical guidelines for preparing and celebrating the sacramental liturgies.

–  V. M. Jose, SJ


Deuteronomistic History

This course intends to offer: a) a brief introduction to the theology of the Deuteronomist and to the Deuteronomistic writers in general; and b) an investigation into the historical traditions and the theological themes found in the books of Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings, by analyzing them from the literary, religious and political point of view. It will show how the Deuteronomists interpret the history of Israel, from its beginnings to the Babylonian exile, from the vantage point of covenantal and monolatric theology, thus, making the first interpretation of the Torah that links it to the prophetic tradition.

– Thomas Karimundackal, SJ


Feminist Theology

This introductory course first traces the history, development and significance of feminist theology globally with attention being given to the key terms and concepts associated with feminism. It then situates the emergence of Indian feminist theology within the social, historical and religious context of India, focusing in particular on the status and role of women. Using feminist principles and methodology, we will reflect critically on some of the theological themes with a view to integrate and implement feminist perspectives for effective ministry in the Indian context.

– Helen Dantis, UFS


Canon Law: Oriental

The course is an introduction to the laws of the Eastern Churches as contained in the Oriental Code. It will spell out the theological significance of these laws and their pastoral implications for Christian life.

–  Shajan Kuttiyil, OIC


Psychology of Religion

This course is a survey of psychological theory and research investigating religious beliefs, experiences, and practices. We will focus on those parts of the religious life that can be described and understood from a psychological perspective. We will attempt to explore the psychology of universal religion, although we will not comprehensively survey the beliefs and practices of different religious traditions. Also, we will not be attempting to prove or disprove religious claims. Instead, our main focus will be on the psychological elements of religious life.

–  Dolichan Kollareth, SJ


Wisdom Literature and Psalms

Wisdom literature of the Bible is part of a wider literature common to the peoples of the ancient world, especially in the Ancient Near East. There are two principal types of wisdom found in the OT wisdom literature: they are practical and speculative. After the general introduction we will briefly discuss the canonical books of the wisdom literature, namely, Proverbs, Job and Qohelet and their theological and anthropological significance. The second part of the course will begin with a brief introduction to the Book of Psalms and then move on to the study of selected Psalms and we will conclude the course presenting the main theological theme.

– James B Dabhi, SJ



Theology of the Holy Spirit

This course is an exposition of the third article of the Nicene- Constantinopolitan Creed common to most Christian communities. It is intended to explore the theology of the Holy Spirit at work in the Christian community, in other religions and in the world bringing the Reign of God to completion. It will study personal, societal and cosmic transformation which the action of the Spirit can bring about according to Scripture and Christian Tradition. At the end of the course students will be able to gain a broad theological foundation and hone it in the light of assuming leadership roles within the Church.

–  Arjen Tete, SJ

Contextual Theology Project (CTP)

The CTP 2018 will examinethe relationship between young people, faith and vocation. The students are expected to gather information directly from the Christian/Catholic youth. Based on their information the students will reflect how they can accompany young people to recognize and accept the call to fullness of life and love. Having done the review of the reading materials assigned and having listened to the inputs given on the topic, the students will have lived-in-experience, fieldwork, interviews, etc. for 10 days. Subsequently, the students will analyze the data collected and write their theological reflections under the supervision of JDV guides.

– CTP Team

Sacraments-II

We study Eucharist and Reconciliation in the light of the understanding of sacraments as prophetic, symbolic actions of the Church-community. LG 11 described the Eucharist as the “source and summit of Christian life”. A Biblical overview will equip students to see the significance of community meals in the Israelite community, culminating with Jesus’ revolutionary tablefellowship. The development of the theology and practice of these sacraments will be seen down through Christian history. Current ecclesial practice will be reflected upon in the light of the vision, hopes and challenges expressed by Pope Francis, as well as problems of the Indian context.

– Francis Gonsalves, SJ

Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism

The Divine plan ‘to gather up all things in unity’ (Eph 1:10) could come to its completion only if all of us collaborate with one and all. It is important that the Church takes a radical approach of Dialogue and Ecumenism in today’s multi-religious and multi-cultural context of India with its complex issues for carrying out Church’s Evangelization project effectively.

We shall survey the history of Church’s involvement in Dialogue and Ecumenism so far. We shall also discuss the theological principles of inter-religious dialogue and ecumenism from the new perspective given by the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the post conciliar documents.

– Anil Thomas, CM

Prophets

The course begins with a brief history of the prophetic movements in Israel and then proceeds to the study of the various literary forms used by the prophets. The message of the prophets is studied against the turbulent political background of Israel and Judah, and of the Ancient Near East.

– Selva Rathinam, S., SJ

Ethics of Child Protection

This course introduces students to the “Ethics of Child Protection.” The course generates awareness about the issue of abuse in its various forms, and introduces the participants to its prevention. The students will learn how to better understand the victims of sexual abuse. The course addresses sociological and psychological dynamics, moral dimensions and legal aspects of this issue.

–  Konrad Noronha, SJ

Indian Christian Theology

Indian Christian Theology is the result of various Thinkers’ theological reflection on their Christ experience from the complex cultural, religious, socio-political Indian Context. These thinkers include the Pioneers, Hindus, Converts, Protestants and Catholics who develop their theology from the varying perspectives of the diverse contexts of India. The course surveys their contribution to Indian Christians Theology. Their reflections lead us to arrive at Indian Christologies of Jnana, Karma and Bhakti Margas that merge in the Prema Marga of Jesus. The course takes into consideration the challenges posed by the contemporary Indian context of many religions, many cultures and the poor.

– Richard Lopes, SJ

Homiletics and Catechetics

The course on Homiletics and Catechesis is an introduction to the theory and practice of preaching in contextual pastoral and liturgical settings, considering the ministry of catechesis within the context of the Church’s mission to evangelize in a relevant and effective manner.

–  Cletus D’Souza, SDB

Introduction to Spiritual Theology

Introduction to Spiritual Theology offers a cursory explanation about the transformation that takes place within the spiritual journey of an individual. It looks at the understanding of spiritual process from a historical as well from a thematic perspective. The course makes an attempt to integrate two inter-related disciplines, ‘theology’ and ‘spirituality’. The integrated approach studies and reflects on Christian spirituality in the context of growing human/spiritual maturity vis-à-vis oneself, in one’s relation with other and in terms of union with the Divine. Concrete examples of individuals and groups will be presented in order to substantiate the points explained during the course.

– Francis Pudhicherry, SJ

Marriage Law

Keeping in mind Vatican II’s understanding of marriage, the following points are studied in depth: the impediments to marriage, the requirements of canonical form, the qualities needed for a valid marriage consent. The dissolution of marriage and recent jurisprudence on marriage annulments are briefly discussed. Pastoral approaches to cases of broken marriage are also studied.

–  Roque Alphonso

 

Gospel According to John

The Course begins with a reflection on how to read the Gospel of John. It will then focus on the theology and structure of John’s Gospel as a whole, followed by a series of more detailed analysis of major sections of the Gospel (prologue, discipleship, Jesus and women, Jesus and the Jewish feasts, farewell discourses and resurrection narratives). It will conclude with some reflections on the challenges of the message of the Johannine Jesus in the present context of a fragmented, and less stable, world produced by the fast changing realities of globalization and post-modernism.

– Rekha Chennattu, RA

Oriental Liturgies and Theology

A general introduction to the liturgies of the Oriental Churches is followed by a specific study of the Oriental understanding of the liturgy from historical and pastoral perspectives. It will also deal briefly with the unique features of Eastern Theology.

– Pauly Maniyattu

Theology of Religions

This course seeks to understand the essential nature of Religion and Dharma, and to reflect on the religious experience of the Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims with their notions of Revelation and Faith (Shruti, Shradda, the Tipitaka, the Holy Koran). It will also seek the development of beliefs in their respective traditions as the horizon for the phenomena of diversity of religious  experiences, the pluralism in theology, the theological imperative to dialogue, and the foundation of a universal theology of religion as the ground for ecumenism.

– Thomas Kuriacose, SJ

Theology of Ministry

The course examines the theological foundation of Priesthood in the Scripture and the Tradition and focuses on Jesus’ understanding of priesthood. It examines the nature of Jesus’ priestly ministry in the light of the letter to Hebrews. It discusses the Vat II distinction between the ministerial priesthood and the common priesthood. It makes an attempt to evolve a spirituality of the priesthood in the challenging context of today’s India to address some of the burning issues like the ordination of women, priestly celibacy, the conflict between the functional and the existential aspects of priesthood and the role of non-ordained, lay ministries.

– Richard Lopes, SJ

Mariology

This is a reflection on Mary from an inter-disciplinary perspective, with a particular reference to Christology and Ecclesiology. A critical reflection on the committed womanhood of Mary, in the context of salvation history, will enable us to situate the Mariological doctrines. This will also help to appreciate her dynamic discipleship and her partnership with God in His salvific plan for the human and cosmic world.

– Patricia Santos, RJM

Theology of the New Testament

Based on the introductory and exegetical Courses offered so far, this one attempts to show the unity and diversity in the NT. It is hoped that such a study will, on the one hand, widen our theological horizon and, on the other, make us aware of the limitations of the NT evidence for the later doctrinal affirmations.

– Thomas Kattathara, SJ

Marriage and Sexual Ethics

Topics to be covered: How to develop a person-centered, liberative and integrative sexual morality; marriage, human reality and sacred mystery; three levels of human sexuality; marriage and celibacy; sexual deviations; moral evaluation and guidance regarding autosexuality, homosexuality, sex outside marriage; responsible parenthood; sex and family-life education; marriage preparation; the problem of divorce; sexually transmitted diseases.

–  John Karuvelil, SJ

Preparation for AD AUDS Exam

Ministering to Youth Today

Law in social and Pastoral Ministry

Child Protection & sexual harrass. laws (workplace, domestic violence)

Labour Law

Palliative Care

Leadership for life & Hum. Resource Management

Communicative Pastoral Ministry

Counselling the Addicted Families & AIDS Patients

Parish Admin