The Institute of Catholic Culture’s Sophia Symposium is designed to provide in-depth education for catechists and active parish volunteers who can and are making an impact in their community. Our Sophia Symposium offers students the unique opportunity to study the fundamentals of the Catholic faith in an online classroom setting at no charge to the students or their parishes. Participation in Sophia Symposium classes is by application only.
Our current Sophia Symposium is Sacred Scripture: A Comprehensive Study of the Word of God. This is a year-long college-level course which covers the entirety of salvation history. We are now accepting applications for the New Testament semester! This course will be a survey of the books of the New Testament as the fulfillment of the old covenant epoch, including the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Corpus, the Catholic Epistles, and the book of Revelation.
- Classes run on Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET.
- Application is required.
- The last day to apply is Monday, June 24th
- Participation in the first semester is not a requirement for acceptance in the second semester.
Past Sophia Symposium courses include
History of Heresy: 500 Years of the Protestant Revolt
In 1517, Luther launched a revolt against the Church with the posting of his 95 theses. This course provided a history of the persons and doctrines that have grown from Luther’s heresy in the past 500 years.
The Way of Beauty
This nine hour course revealed how true Catholic education is both a program of liturgical catechesis and an inculturation that aims for the supernatural transformation of the person, so that he can transfigure the whole culture through the divine beauty of his daily action.
This course provided a survey of the books of the New Testament as the fulfillment of the old covenant epoch, including the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Corpus, the Catholic Epistles, and the book of Revelation.
Speaking Truth to Power
This course examined the lives and deaths of some of the great Saints of the British Isles, as well as those that persecuted them.
This eight-hour course provided a study of the first generation of Christians who lived after the Ascension of the Lord. Called the “age of the Apostolic Fathers,” the lives and writings of the men and women who lived during this period offer witness in those earliest days when the Church was like a mustard seed. We see from these first days of the Christian community, a glimmer of the great tree, the Kingdom of God on earth, watered by the faith and blood of its adherents.
Moral Theology 101
This eighteen-hour course explored the principles of Catholic moral teaching as set forth in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in the Scholastic Schema set forth by St. Thomas Aquinas. Having explored these principles, students then studies how these principles are applied and lived in the moral vision of the Catechism’s exposition of the Ten Commandments.
This eighteen-hour course provided an essential survey of the books of the Old Testament for the adult Catholic layperson. Beginning with the Books of Moses (i.e., the Pentateuch), the five major “covenants” between God and His people Israel were contemplated — specifically, with the mediators of: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. Students were introduced to the “storyline” of the Historical Books and Prophets and, additionally, prayed and meditated upon the Psalms and Wisdom literature.
This eighteen-hour course was an introduction to philosophy, including key principles and themes of Pre-Christian and Christian thought, with a focus on the great philosophical patrimony of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. Special emphasis was placed on an examination of the human person, his body/soul composition, intellect, will and way of knowledge.