Saint Vincent Seminary Offers Summer Courses

2001 News

LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — Saint Vincent Seminary will offer four graduate courses, in three summer sessions for qualified men and women, both lay persons and members of religious orders.

Session I, which will go from May 14 to June 7, will feature “An Introduction to New Testament Greek,” by Dr. Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan. The three-credit course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This course is an introduction to Hellenistic Greek, its basic grammatical forms and principal syntactical construction, including some linguistic peculiarities of New Testament Greek. The exercises, based on New Testament texts, provide the students with a working vocabulary of about 400 words. Deadline for Session I registration is May 1, 2001.

Dr. Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan, Associate Professor in Sacred Scripture at Saint Vincent College, holds a B.A. from Carlow College. She also received a Lic. Sc. Rel., S.T.L., and S.T.D., Ph D. from The Catholic University of Louvain.

The second session, from May 21 to June 14, will feature an elective course on “Christian Mystical Theology,” taught by Rev. Justin M. Matro, O.S.B. The three-credit course will be held from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mysticism has influenced Christian theology in a variety of ways. In certain disciplines it has allowed for a flexibility of thought that softens intellectual rigidity. In other branches, however, unguarded loftiness produces dangerously subjective extremes. The intention of this course is to examine the origin of Christian mysticism and then trace and evaluate its influence in the works of some specific writers. The final grade will include a paper in which each student will select an appropriate author or school of thought and objectively examine both positive and negative aspects of mysticism’s lasting impact in these writings. Note: Those taking this course will be required to do some preparatory reading. Deadline for Session II registration is May 9, 2001

Fr. Justin Matro, Assistant Professor of Spiritual Theology, received his B.A. from Seton Hall University, and the M.A. and M.Div. from Saint Vincent Seminary. In addition, Fr. Justin holds an M.A. from Duquesne University and the S.T.D. from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

Two courses will be offered during the third session, which runs from June 25 to July 19, “Wisdom Traditions and the Psalms,” by Br. Benedict Janecko, O.S.B., and “The Writings of St. Paul,” by Br. Elliott C. Maloney, O.S.B. Deadline for Session III registration is June 11, 2001

Br. Benedict, author of The Psalms, Heartbeat of Life and Worship, will trace ancient “wisdom traditions” found within Israel, influenced by Middle East “wisdom.” He will explore the “wisdom writings.” There is exegesis of selected “wisdom” passages as well as the book of Psalms. Note: Those taking this course will be required to do some preparatory reading. His three-credit course will be held from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Br. Benedict, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, received his B.A. from Saint Vincent College; the S.T.L., from Pontifical Anthenaeum of St. Anselm, Rome, and the S.S.L. from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. He also did Graduate Studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Jerusalem and Brown University.

Br. Elliott’s three-credit course will be a survey of the life and times of Paul and a discussion of the circumstances of his literary work is the initial subject matter of this course. The major epistles are read with exegesis of selected passages. Note: Those taking this course will be required to do some preparatory reading. It will be held from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Br. Elliott, Professor of New Testament and Biblical Languages, received a B.A. from Saint Vincent College; the S.T.L. from the Pontifical Anthenaeum of St. Anselm, Rome; and a Ph.D. from Fordham University.

The tuition charge for the Summer Session is $205 per credit hour/$615 per course, half the price of the regular tuition. The charge for audit is $135 per credit hour/$405 per course. There are no application fees for the summer sessions. Room and Board charges are $185 per week/$740 for each four-week session.

Registration for the Summer Session must be made through the Office of the Academic Dean, Saint Vincent Seminary, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690, 724-539-9761, Extension 2395, e-mail:

Saint Vincent Seminary provides religious and laity seeking preparation for ministry in the Church a program of theological education that offers the Master of Divinity degree and the Master of Arts degree.

For further information, call or write the Office of the Academic Dean. Saint Vincent Seminary is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.