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Sophia Symposium

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 at no charge to the students or their parishes.  Participation in Sophia Symposium classes is by application only, open to catechists and those who actively volunteer in their parishes.

Our current Sophia Symposium course is:

If you are interested in joining a Sophia Symposium, we will announce future topics for the Sophia Symposia as they are scheduled. Please make sure you are a member and receiving our emails to receive all updates and notices of future Sophia Symposia offerings!

Past Sophia Symposium courses include

The Way of Beauty

Clayton, David

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.

 

Introduction to the New Testament

Carnazzo, Rev. Sebastian Ph.D.

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

The Martyrs and Saints of the British Isles
Bergman, Rev. Eric

This course examined the lives and deaths of some of the great Saints of the British Isles, as well as those that persecuted them.

 

Patristics 101

The Apostolic Age
Marshner, William, S.T.D.

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

Pope, Rev. Msgr. Charles

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.

 

Scripture 101

Introduction to the Old Testament
Smith, Steven C., Ph.D.

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.

 

Philosophy 101

An Introduction to the Philosophical Tradition
Cuddeback, John, Ph.D.

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.

 

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