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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell Satan and all wicked spirits, who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen

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(July 25, 2005)

The 2022 Conference classes are as follows:



FIRST PERIOD

SURVEY – (REQUIRED for all 1st year students). Frs. Cantrell - A study of the basic aspects of the Christian life.

RECEIVING THE WORD OF GOD – (REQUIRED for all 2nd year students) - Fr. Jeff Stubbs  - An introduction to and survey of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

CHURCH HISTORY (REQUIRED for all 3rd year students) - Fr. Spencer Stubblefield - The sweeping saga of the great commission unfolding through the pages of history from the Acts of the Apostles to the 21st Century.

The following electives are ONLY for 4th years and above
Be sure to mark your 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th elective choices
when you register

Thanksgiving: A Survey of Eucharistic PrayersFr. Timothy Matkin - We will review the history and theology of the Roman Canon and the first Anglican Prayer Book as well as modern Eucharistic Prayers in the West and the ancient prayers of the East.

THE ROMANCE OF FAITH: Chesterton’s Orthodoxy - Fr. Joel Hampton - Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a giant of a man, who casts a long shadow nearly a century after his death. From his classic, Orthodoxy, a sort of spiritual autobiography, we’ll draw insights for our own efforts to grasp and to maintain a hold on Catholic faith despite the opposition and the odds.

Prayer, Puzzles, and ParadoxMother Miriam CSM
Learning to pray from the Desert Fathers' stories as told by the monks of Spencer Abbey and Anthony Bloom's Living Prayer. This is a senior high level course challenging the young people to think through the deeper meanings of prayer.

Putting the Pieces Together and Finding Peace - Fr. Greg Crosthwait - Fields of knowledge, like medicine and scientific studies, form big ideas from smaller concepts. So does the field of knowledge called Theology. Because God has revealed himself in Scripture and, supremely, through our Lord Jesus Christ, we can know things about God. And we can connect the smaller parts of what we know into a larger and organized whole. This is the labor of Dogmatic or Systematic Theology. This course introduces the idea of Systematic Theology with an emphasis on the benefit of theological reflection and study: a body of organized knowledge that brings comfort and peace in one’s life with God.

SECOND PERIOD
Be sure to rank your elective choices when you register

THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – Fr. Joseph Francis – The Theotokos, a woman for the ages is the greatest woman that ever lived. Mary is a model not only for strong women everywhere but for all of us.

The Beauty of Holiness: - Fr. Micah Snell "This is how our very lives become a beautiful work of art: by opening ourselves ever more fully...to the God who is Beauty and who wants to share his Beauty with us. We become truly beautiful in as much as we let the God who is Beauty penetrate and permeate the inmost depths of our humanity with his own divine presence. Such beauty is called holiness" (Christopher West, Intro to God is Beauty).

Deadly Sins and Heavenly Virtues Fr. Timothy Matkin
“Seven Deadly Sins” are a helpful guide to examining the conscience. Did you know that each of them have their corresponding virtues? Like an antidote to a poison, the virtues set us back in a spiritually healthy place and help us stay there.

Your God is too Small: Five Views of the Trinity: from the Patristic Fathers to NT Wright today. – Mother Miriam CSM - Let's take a look at how the Holy Spirit inspired Christian theologians through the ages to understand who God is.

The Glorious Conquest: Paul the Persecutor turned Apostle and Warrior Fr. Eddie Fitzhugh
What kind of man would persecute the Church, only to become an agent of Christ? Saint Paul is the one! The man who wrote a good portion of the New Testament, helped spread the Gospel, and became the apostle to the Gentiles, converting many pagans, is the one we will examine in this class. Christianity would not be what it is today had it not been for his life, his Epistles, and his mission. 

CRADLE TO GRAVE: The Sacramental Life - Fr. Joel Hampton - From the moment we enter this world to the moment we depart it, we are enveloped in the sacramental embrace of the Church. Learn more about the ways in which the sacraments convey God’s grace to us at key points all along our pilgrimage through this life and the ways in which various sacramentals and devotions renew and strengthen our faith in God and His grace.

Tobit – Fr Jeff Stubbs - Blinding through bird poop. Entertaining an angel unaware. A cross-country voyage to obtain riches. Love destined from eternity. Exorcism. And a dog. What could be more fun? Come and see.


THIRD PERIOD


THE MASS – (REQUIRED for all 1st year students).- Fr. Martin Yost - What is the Mass? Why do we do what we do? What did Jesus mean when he said “Do this in remembrance of me”?
TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS - (REQUIRED for all 2nd year students) - Fr. Greg Crosthwait - “There is a story about a schoolboy who was asked what he thought God was like. He replied... that God was ‘The sort of person who is always snooping round to see if anyone is enjoying himself and then trying to stop it.’ And I am afraid that is the sort of idea that the word Morality raises in a good many people’s minds, as something that stops you from having a good time. In reality, moral rules are directions for running the human machine” from Christian Behavior by C.S. Lewis. This course will look at Christian decision making and our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

The following Electives are ONLY for 3rd Years and above
Be sure to rank your elective choices when you register


Early Celtic Christianity (History of the Church in Britain)Fr. Eddie Fitzhugh - Beginning in pre-Christian Ireland and Britain, covering the Christianization of the Celtic people, going from the Apostolic Era all the way to Henry VIII and stopping there. We could label the class “Why are we Anglicans?” Or, “What makes us Anglican?” Or, “What is Anglicanism exactly?”

Icons: The Gateways to Heaven – Fr. Spencer Stubblefield When we walk into a Church, we see Holy Images all around us. When we go to an art museum, we see paintings of Jesus, his angels, and his Saints everywhere. When you go into your priest’s office you see icons hung up in all directions. What exactly are these images? What is their history in the Church? How are they made? How do we use them for our relationship with God? Let me give you one hint: They are the gateway into heaven. Perhaps, we’ll even create our own icon!

Radical Christianity:  Monastic Vows and Customs - Mother Miriam CSM - What do vows mean? How do people choose their commitments as Christians? How can we persevere in our commitments to God, ourselves, and those around us?

Does God exist? – Fr. Joseph Francis - In this class we focus on the classical arguments. Aquinas’ Five Ways, cosmological argument, ontological argument, arguments from beauty and design. And we probably will get a bit into the creation narrative, intelligent design, etc. 

Spiritual Warfare in C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters: - Fr. Micah Snell "There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human's mind against [God]." How are we deceived through fear and uncertainty? What will set us free from sin and temptation? The devil is a liar. Following C.S. Lewis' brilliant example, let us learn to defeat the devil with eyes and hearts full of the truth.


 

 

 

“Now a war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world – he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” Revelation 12:7-9