Summer School Courses at Saint Vincent Seminary

2003 News

LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — There will be two graduate-level classes offered at Saint Vincent Seminary in two sessions this summer. Dr. Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan will teach “The Synoptic Gospels” from May 19 to June 12, while Fr. Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., will offer “Christology and Trinity” from June 23 to July 17.

Dr. Getty-Sullivan is Associate Professor in Sacred Scripture at Saint Vincent College, and holds a B.A. from Carlow College. She received a Lic. Sc. Rel., S.T.L., and S.T.D., Ph.D. from The Catholic University of Louvain. The three-credit course begins with a review of the historical-critical method and the principles of Text, Form and Redaction criticisms, as well as the Church’s official teaching on these methods. It then considers the background of each Synoptic Gospel, and studies characteristic passages e.g., Marcan discipleship 8:27-10:52; Matthean Sermon on the Mount 5:1-7: 29; and Lucan parables 15:1-16:31. It will be held from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Deadline for registration is May 5.

Fr. Acklin, Professor of Theology at the Seminary, holds a B.A., and M.A. from Duquesne University; a M.Div. from Saint Vincent Seminary; S.T.D., and Ph.D., The Catholic University of Louvain. He has also done graduate work at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute, and has been a faculty member since 1982. The three-credit course will focus on the Trinity, considering each of the three persons in One God in light of the theological developments of the patristic era, including the major dogmatic definitions of the ecumenical councils, and tracing further developments through the medieval, modern and contemporary periods. Within this historical treatment, consideration will be given to such themes in Christology as incarnation, resurrection, soteriology, eschatology, redemption, mediation, as well as Pneumatology and Trinity. The course aims to sensitize the student to the centrality of Christ in the theology of the Church, and to the applicability of our Trinitarian faith in our own lives and in the lives of all Christians. It will be offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Deadline for registration is June 6.

For a free brochure outlining the summer programs, tuition and fees, or to register, contact the Office of the Academic Dean, Saint Vincent Seminary, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690; 724-805-2395; There are no application fees for the summer sessions. Room and Board charges are $185 per week/$740 for each four-week session.

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.