BACHELOR OF DIVINITY (B.DIV.)
(90 Credit hours)
The Bachelor of Divinity program is designed to prepare religious leaders to competently serve in various situations and contexts, and more particularly to provide professional training for church-related ministries. The heart of the program is the required biblical, theological and practical course subjects which provide a foundation for an effective ministry within the Celtic Christian churches in which its students will minister, and more particularly within the Independent Sacramental Movement. Prerequisite for entry into the program is a baccalaureate degree and a basic ability in the research, study and writing skills needed in a graduate program of study.
For each Course Number the student will be required to do the following:
1. Read the literature and other media required (some in-depth; some perusal)
2. Consult with their mentor regarding the subject matter.
3. Write an integrative paper of approximately 5 pages [double-spaced] for all the required readings for the entire subject including:
• Demonstration of the subject to indicate comprehension of the material.
• Include a reflection as to how this subject may relate to the religious life and your future Ministry.
4. Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of Celtic Christian practices and principles developed or utilized within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.
**NOTE: All italicized readings are for additional learning, not required;
**All BOLDED readings are required reading for that subject area unit of study.
**Core areas of study for this program:
Biblical Studies [B]
Celtic Cultural Studies [CCS]
Celtic Christianity [CC]
Celtic Spirituality [CS]
Ecclesiology and Catholicism [EC]
Ministry and Mission [MM]
Spiritual Theology [ST]
Sacramental Theology and Liturgy [STL]
Practicum Presbyter [PP]
Study texts required at ALL levels the following:
1. The Holy Bible (student choice as to version)
2. The Book of Eucharist, by Rev. Fr. Sean A. Lotz, STL., D.D., published by the Celtic Catholic Church, Lorica Books, 2015. [As referred to in the canons of the Celtic Catholic Church, Title II, Canon 3, section 2(b).]
3. The Service For Holy Eucharist of the Celtic Catholic Church USA, by Bp. Rafael Arellano-Barrera, Mdiv., ed., request a free copy via e-mail: Bishop Jack Cunningham, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. CCC USA website free downloads
5. Catechism (student choice) for reference
A 301 - Creation Spirituality by Matthew Fox
On Earth as in Heaven: A Liberation of Sharing by Dorthee Soelle
Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy
Karen Jo Torjesen, When Women Were Priests
Matthew Fox, Original Blessing and Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ
B 301 – Opening the Bible by Thomas Merton -OR- Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality by Fr. Richard Rohr
*NO PAPER REQUIRED*
C 301 - Handbook for Chaplains by Mary M. Toole
Any other books on Chaplaincy that match the student’s calling
NOTE: If a student wishes to become a Chaplain and not a Parish Priest he/she should incorporate this course into their Practicum.
*NO PAPER REQUIRED*
CC 301 - Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation by J. Philip Newell
The Celtic Way by Ian Bradley
Christianity and the Celts by Ted Olsen
An Introduction to Celtic Christianity by James P. Mackey
CS: 302 – Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’ Donohue
The Classics of Western Spirituality, Celtic Spirituality; Carmina Gadelica
Paper: What are the main distinctive or hallmarks of Celtic Christianity and Spirituality which could make it so appealing to a contemporary world?
EC: 302 - Why Be Catholic? – Fr. Richard Rohr
*NO PAPER REQUIRED*
MM: 301 - A Celtic Model of Ministry by Jerry C. Doherty
*NO PAPER REQUIRED*
PC 301 - One Foot in Eden by J. Philip Newell
PC 302 – Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counseling by Howard Clinebell
Spiritual Direction and Meditation by Thomas Merton
Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore
Soul Mates by Thomas Moore
Paper: Why is it SO important for a Priest to be skilled in both Pastoral Care and in Counseling? What makes a more Celtic approach more successful in this practice?
PP 301 – Practicum: Presbyter – A two-three-month [6 site visits] supervised Practicum setting, concurrent with studies, to be approved by the Dean and/or Council. Practicum must include leading a Liturgy (eg: vespers, compline, prayer services, etc. no Mass required) and assisting in a Mass. Examples include Volunteering at Parish setting; Hospice; Hospital; Senior Facilities; Jail/Prison, Internet; volunteer ministry]
Paper: The Seminar portion will be a Praxis-based, integrative study and written report. (5 pages minimum).
ST 301 - The Music of Creation by John Michael Talbot
ST 302 - Spiritual Direction and Meditation by Thomas Merton
ST 303 – Streams of Living Water - OR - Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
ST 304 - Cave, Refectory, Road by Ian Adams
The Universal Monk by John Michael Talbot
[NOTE: If a student is considering entering a religious order of the CCCUSA they will be required to write a short essay on how New Monasticism relates to their religious calling.]
STL 301 - Celebrating the Mass by Alfred McBride
STL 302 - Beyond Smells and Bells by Mark Galli –OR- Sacred Mysteries by Dennis C. Smolarski
STL 303 - The Essential Catholic Handbook of the Sacraments by Thomas M. Santa
STL304 - CCCUSA Disert Missal/Liturgies (CCCUSA website)
STL305 - A Celtic Liturgy for Every Season by Elizabeth Lovett Grover
STL 306 - A Celtic Eucharist by Brendan O’Malley
Introduction to Christian Worship by James F. White [highly recommended ref.]
The Liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church by F. E. Warren,
A Celtic Liturgy, 2008 by Pat Robson
Paper: What are the major differences in a “Celtic Catholic Mass” as compared to a ‘Roman Catholic” Mass? Also, notate any major differences in any of the main seven sacraments?
TH 301 - Christian Universalism: God's Good News For All by Eric Stetson
TH 302 - Creation Spirituality OR: Original Blessing by Matthew Fox
TH 303 - Christian Universalism: God's Good News For All by Eric Stetson
Gerry Beauchemin, Hope Beyond Hell
Philip Gulley & James Mulholland, If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person
Paper: Explain why Universalism and ‘Radical Incarnation’ as put forth by Pelagius and Eurigena respectively are the two distinctive pillars of Celtic-Catholic theology.
Consult both your Academic Advisor and Thesis Mentor for instruction in this area. They will assist you in selecting a topic of importance to you as a Priest, including research and integration of practice in your ministry. The Thesis should reflect topics that are both Celtic and Catholic, and reflect your academic and applied (ministry) interests. The Thesis is to be a minimum of twenty double-spaced pages with footnotes.
Prior to writing your thesis, the student must submit for approval to their advisor a one-page Proposal including the following:
1. Title of Thesis
2. Proposed subject areas of the Thesis:
3. Integration/Praxis – demonstrating the subject area with ‘real-life’ applications to the candidate’s area(s) of ministry.
The prerequisites for undertaking the Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) degree include:
1. An Associates degree in Theology or strong equivalent.
2. Completion of St. Ita’s Associate degree
3. Ordination in the Diaconate [or pending].
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