2016 Curriculum

The ICC’s curriculum is structured upon the classical liberal arts and divided into four quarters…Read More

The ICC’s curriculum is structured upon the classical liberal arts and divided into four quarters, corresponding to the Church’s major liturgical cycles (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Paschal Season), the calendar year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), and a fourfold division of the history of the world (Pre-Christian, Early Christian, Medieval and Renaissance, and Modern). Within each educational quarter the major disciplines of a Catholic liberal arts education are studied (i.e., history, philosophy, theology, literature, etc.) by focusing upon specific topics, ideas, and events that are important to the time period (Pre-Christian, Early Christian, etc.) and helped to shape the story of salvation history. Much more than a series of speakers, the Institute offers an organic education in the Catholic Faith, introducing attendees to the glorious story of God’s work among men.

Quarter I - Fall/Winter

The first quarter of the ICC curriculum year, beginning just before the Advent season and concluding with the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord, focuses on the ancient and biblical world, the fundamentals of human nature, and Old Testament revelation, preparing attendees for the advent of the Christ and the beginning of the Christian era.

HistoryHistory – The Ancient and Biblical World

Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes: Preparing for the Messiah

PhilosophyPhilosophy – Pre-Christian Philosophy and Human Nature

Plato’s Republic and the Discovery of Virtue

TheologyTheology – Jewish and Pagan Thought

The World Did Not Know Him: The Incarnation and the Spiritual War of Our Time

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Old Testament

Heaven and Earth: A Study of the Creation Narrative

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Jewish Liturgical Studies and Advent Festal Days

Spiritual Bondage: The Cult of Death and the Call to Holiness

CatecheticsCatechetics – Introduction to the Catechism and the Creed

Darwin’s Black Box and the Case for Creation

PoliSciPolitical Science – Fundamentals

Freedom and Independence: Understanding the Authentic Notion of Christian Liberty

CultureCultural, Practical, and Special Topics

Root of Jesse: A Study of the “O Antiphons” (with Compline)

Quarter II - Winter/Spring

The second quarter of the ICC curriculum year, beginning with Christmas and concluding with Easter, focuses on the revelation of Jesus Christ, the history of the apostolic and patristic age, the fundamentals of Christian morality, the Church, and the Sacramental system.

HistoryHistory – The Early Church

While Rome Was Burning: The Corruption of Nero and the Persecution of Christians

PhilosophyPhilosophy – The Early Christian Philosophy and Ethics

Speaking Truth to Power: The Martyrs and Saints of the British Isles

TheologyTheology – Patristics and Early Councils/Issues

Sacrificed to God: The Mystery of Holy Easter

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Gospels

The Time is Fulfilled: A Study of the Gospel of St. Mark

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Early Christian Liturgical Studies and Festal Cycle of Christmas and Lent

Mine Eyes Have Seen Thy Salvation: The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple

CatecheticsCatechetics – The Church and the Sacraments

Born Again? Entering the Kingdom of God

PoliSciPolitical Science – Early Christian Political Studies

Pinches of Incense: We Cannot Render Unto Caesar What Belongs to God

CultureCultural, Practical, and Special Topics

Ashes to Ashes: An ICC Lenten Retreat (with Compline)

Quarter III - Spring/Summer

The third quarter of the ICC curriculum year, beginning with the celebration of the Resurrection through the season of Pentecost, introduces attendees to the book of Acts and the Epistles, the Medieval and Renaissance world, the scholastic philosophical tradition, and the Church’s spiritual patrimony.

HistoryHistory – The Medieval and Renaissance World

Controlling the Kingdom: The Battle of Hastings and the Future of England

PhilosophyPhilosophy – Medieval and Scholastics/Metaphysics and Epistemology

Lift Up Your Eyes: Understanding the Transcendentals

TheologyTheology – Medieval and Scholastic Theology

Riding of the Clouds of Heaven: A Study of the Second Coming

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Acts and Epistles

A Great Cloud of Witnesses: A Study of the Epistle to the Hebrews

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Medieval and Renaissance Liturgical Studies; Festal Cycle of Easter and Pentecost

My Lord and My God: Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ

CatecheticsCatechetics – The Moral Life

Life Everlasting, Amen: Eternal Life with the Angelic Doctor

PoliSciPolitical Science – Medieval and Renaissance Political Studies

Principles of Liberty: A Study of the Magna Carta

CultureCultural, Practical, and Special Topics

Tongues of Fire: The Feast of Pentecost in Sacred Scripture

Quarter IV - Summer/Fall

The forth quarter of the ICC curriculum year, offered during the summer and early fall months, offers an examination of the issues facing Christians in the modern world, including biblical apologetics, modern philosophical errors, and modern moral problems, equipping attendees with valuable tools necessary to offer a reasoned and convincing defense for the Faith they profess.

HistoryHistory – The Church in the Modern World

Courage and Cowardice: The Rise and Fall of Catholicism in U.S. Political Life

PhilosophyPhilosophy – Modern Philosophical Issues/Errors

Leisure: The Basis of Culture

TheologyTheology – Modern Theological Issues

False Dichotomy: Religious Belief and Public Morality

SacredScriptureSacred Scripture – Biblical Apologetics and Special Topics

Christian Kenosis: Yoga, Zen and Transcendental Meditation

LiturgicalLiturgical Studies – Modern Liturgical Issues

Light of the East: Illuminating the Universal Church

CatecheticsCatechetics – Spirituality and Prayer

Living Christ: Reclaiming the Church in Our Home and Life

PoliSciPolitical Science – Modern Political Studies

Civil Disobedience: Catholic Principles of Political Participation

CultureCultural, Practical, and Special Topics


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