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Our mission at the Online School of Pastoral Ministry is to provide quality Catholic online educational experiences to as many people as possible.

We take great pleasure in bringing in teachers who introduce timeless topics in creative new ways.  We’re particularly interested in exploring how the faith can inform every aspect of our lives — particularly our lives beyond the parish.

Catholic Faith, Fiction, and Film
With Dr. Margaret Turek

Every week on Tue, 6 occurrence(s) from
January 2 to February 6, 2024

All “serious” fiction writers imbue their works with a vision of life: a vision often indebted to a philosophy or a religious creed. This is the case, whether the writer is a rationalist, an atheist, a Buddhist or a Catholic. Against the horizon of his vision of life or belief structure, the fiction writer will grapple with such questions as: What makes a life fully human, truly humane? Is there an absolute meaning and ultimate goal of human existence?

Beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2024; Dr. Turek leads us through a selection of modern works of fiction and film, all of which deal with themes vital to the Catholic vision of God, human existence, sin and guilt, redemption, and beatitude beyond death. Along the way, the unique challenges facing the Catholic fiction writer (and his audience) today will be discussed, including how the writer attempts to get his vision across when writing for a world that is unprepared to see “the really real” with the eyes of faith? How does one portray the nearness of God for an audience who is scarcely conscious of God? 

NEXT ONLINE COURSE:
FEBRUARY 20, 2024

Atonement:
the Transforming Power
of Suffering Love
With Dr. Margaret Turek

In this course, Dr. Turek argues for the central importance and perennial value of the mystery of atonement, even as she explains the modern aversion to it. Drawing insights from the writings of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, as well as Hans Urs von Balthasar and St. Therese of Lisieux (among others), she presents a compelling vision of the Cross event as a dramatic epiphany, shaped in response to sin, of the staggering love of God for us, while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8). This vision not only takes account of the gravity of sin and its consequences, but also provides a clear illumination of the radically forgiving, passionate and powerful nature of God’s redeeming love. In addition, the course spells out a renewed spirituality of atonement in which we personally participate in the atoning mission of Christ.

NEXT ONLINE COURSE: FEBRUARY 20, 2024

Atonement: The Transforming
Power of Suffering Love
With Dr. Margaret Turek

In this course, Dr. Turek argues for the central importance and perennial value of the mystery of atonement, even as she explains the modern aversion to it. Drawing insights from the writings of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, as well as Hans Urs von Balthasar and St. Therese of Lisieux (among others), she presents a compelling vision of the Cross event as a dramatic epiphany, shaped in response to sin, of the staggering love of God for us, while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8). This vision not only takes account of the gravity of sin and its consequences, but also provides a clear illumination of the radically forgiving, passionate and powerful nature of God’s redeeming love. In addition, the course spells out a renewed spirituality of atonement in which we personally participate in the atoning mission of Christ.

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Catholic Faith, Fiction, and Film

With Dr. Margaret Turek

“Justice, Mercy, Conversion”: Alessandro Manzoni’s The Betrothed

with Anthony Nussmeier

Myths and Reality of the Catholic Church

with Mark Brumley

Intro to Missional Hospitality:
Building Community to Awaken Desire

with Andrew Whaley of Calix and 5 Cups Consulting

Vatican II Part 2

with Mark Brumley

Marian Citizenship
Consecrated to the Immaculate:
Becoming Marian Americans

with Dr. Andrew Salzmann

An Introduction to Catholic Apologetics

with Mark Brumley

The Arch And The Spire: Romanesque And Gothic Churches

By Dr. Elizabeth Lev

Eucharistic Miracles

By Fr. Robert J. Spitzer and Dr. Andrew Salzmann

The Rosary And Contemplative Prayer

by Dr. Anthony Lilles, Professor of Theology, St. Patrick’s Seminary

Sinners and Saints in Dante’s Divine Comedy

An exploration of literature’s greatest poem, Dante’s Divine Comedy by Dr. Anthony Nussmeier

G. K. Chesterton

An Overview Of The colossal English writer and Catholic convert, by The Professor Dale Ahlquist

Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti

The Biblical Grounding Of The Holy Father’s Thinking by Professor Dianne Bergant, CSA

Christianity and Islam

The main teachings of the Second Vatican Council and how the Council’s teaching has been received, misperceived, and resisted.

The Eucharist

A Short Course on the Source and Summit of our Faith by Dr. Brett Salkeld

Catholicism in the Lord of the Rings

A short course with Dr. Peter Kreeft

Dr. Peter Kreeft will delve into this popular series and discuss how it relates to our journey as Catholics.

Bioethics from a Catholic Perspective

A short course with Dr. Joe Zalot

Vaccinations? End-of-Life Decision Making? Brain Death and Organ/Tissue Donation?

C.S. Lewis, Modernity’s Greatest Literary Evangelist

By Dr. Peter Kreeft

C.S. Lewis was not a Roman Catholic but an Anglican, or Anglo-Catholic, and focused on the essentials of what he called “mere Christianity”.

Art, Elevation, & the Liturgy

An online course with Elizabeth Lev

Explore the history of art in the context of the liturgy, specifically works designed to elevate the mind, heart, and spirit during the Mass.

The Catholic Faith And Modern Science

An online course with Dr. Stephen Barr

Prof. Barr will show that the widespread idea that faith and science are opposed to each other is based on serious misconceptions.

Only Wonder Knows: Humanity’s Irresistible Attraction To The Mystery Of Creation

An online course with Dr. Maria Elena Monzani

How can we understand physical reality while being in it?  Why is there something instead of nothing?

Immigration: The In-Between Life Issue

An online course By Dr. Jeffrey Marlett

How is immigration a life issue? Isn’t it simply a matter of political policy over which Catholics may certainly disagree?

Junipero Serra, A Franciscan Missionary In Spain, Mexico And California

An online course by Andrew A. Galvan

Saint Junipero Serra, O.F.M., S.T.D. (1713-84) has historically been revered as the “Apostle of California”.

Faith And Film: Finding God At The Movies

An online course by Dr. Margaret Turek, Dr. Anthony Lilles & Fr. Larry Herrrera, S.J.

“Great stories are concerned with nothing less than the whole point of living”

Women In The Church & The Catholic Mystical Tradition

A short couse by Dr. Anthony Lilles

Women have played an integral role in developing the Catholic Mystical Tradition

Vatican II: Council, Controversy, Conversion, And Communion

A short couse by Dr. Mark Brumley

Mysterious Church, and Catholics, other Christians, on the Second Vatican Council with Mark Brumley

A Patron Saint Of Entrepreneurs & Co-Ops?

A short course with Jesús María Herrasti & Dr. Stephen Cortright

A simple parish priest who founded the world’s largest worker-owned cooperative business in the world

“Music and some wider implications: a Catholic composer’s perspective”

With Composer Sir James Macmillan & Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Does a religious composer only write music for the liturgy?