SAINT JOHN PAUL II
INSTITUTE OF MARIAN STUDIES
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PROGRAMS OF STUDY
FATIMOLOGY: A STUDY OF FATIMA
This is a course specifically designed to fully understand the message of Our Lady in Fatima using first hand materials of the eye witnesses, the teachings of the Church in regard to the apparitions and the newly translated materials from Portuguese into English which narrate all the surrounding events that were happening in Fatima at the time of the apparitions. Fatimology was created by the Institute to establish an expertise on Fatima with special emphasis on its relevance to the Church and on humanity.
ENCYCLICOLOGY: A STUDY OF PAPAL WRITINGS
This is a course aimed at understanding how God reveals the fullness of truth to His Church through the Holy Spirit, who continues to guide the popes through the ages and to write on the issues that affect the life of man and of the Catholic Church. This course is also designed to study all of the dogmatic teachings of the Catholic Church down through time and to understand the potentials attached to them for those who refuse to believe or embrace them. There will be specific emphasis placed on the four Marian dogmas while looking at the potential fifth dogma – Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces – which theologians and Mariologists have called upon several popes to proclaim.
THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
This is a course of study based on the 16 documents produced by the Second Vatican Council with specific emphasis on the four foundational documents: Dei Verbum, Lumen Gentium, Gaudium et Spes and Sacro Sanctum Concilium. The purpose of the course is to fully understand where the Church is going in light of contemporary trends in the Catholic Church today. This course looks at the splits and factions within conservative, liberal, charismatic, fallen away and nominal Catholic groups that co-exist within the Catholic Church. Its goal is to try to discover the workings of the Holy Spirit in the diversity that exists within the two expressions in the liturgy within the Latin Church and the divisive forces that seek to destroy the liturgy and with it Marian devotions.
HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
This is a general study of the history of the Catholic Church from the time of Christ and the Apostles to the present day with special emphasis on the Church’s position and status in the world through its work as the political ‘Holy See’ and the spiritual ‘Apostolic See’.
CATHOLIC DEVOTIONS, PAST AND PRESENT
This is a course that explores what Catholic Devotions are and why are they necessary in a world of chaos, lies and deceit. The study is also designed to show how many devotions there are – not only adorative, but also venerative in hyperduliated and duliated formulas. This course will study the positive effects of practicing such devotions along with the spiritual formation of individuals.
A STUDY OF FUNDAMENTAL MARIOLOGY
This course looks at the history of and theology of Marian studies down through the ages with an emphasis on the co-existence of Christology and Mariology as conjoined redemptive entities that are not in opposition but working harmoniously together.
INTRODUCTION TO CARDINAL MERCIER’S PHILOSOPHY
This course is a brief study of the two volumes of Cardinal Mercier’s work on philosophy, which is a comprehensive study of all essential Thomist philosophy needed at a basic level. This course will also look at some of the writings of the Cardinal.
WRITINGS OF ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT, BLESSED JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN AND OTHER MARIAN APOSTLES
This is a course that examines the complete writings and true Marian devotions of St. Louis and other great Marian writers in the context of total consecration to Mary.