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Archangel's Prayer:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell Satan and all wicked spirits, who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen

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(July 25, 2005)

The 2018 Conference classes are as follows:

FIRST & THIRD PERIODS

SURVEY (REQUIRED for all 1st year students) A study of some basic aspects of Christian life.

THE MASS(REQUIRED for all first year students) What is the Mass? Why do we do what we do?

RECEIVING THE WORD OF GOD(REQUIRED for all 2nd year students) An introduction to and survey of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS -(REQUIRED for all 2nd year students) "There is a story about a schoolboy who was asked what he thought God was like. He replied... that God was 'The sort of person who is always snooping round to see if anyone is enjoying himself and then trying to stop it.' And I am afraid that is the sort of idea that the word Morality raises in a good many people's minds, as something that stops you from having a good time. In reality, moral rules are directions for running the human machine." From Christian Behavior by C.S. Lewis. This course will look at Christian decision making and our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

CHURCH HISTORY -(REQUIRED for all 3rd year students)- The sweeping saga of the great commission unfolding through the pages of history from the Acts of the Apostles to the 21st Century.

SECOND PERIOD

BEGINNING TO PRAYSr. Sharon – How to keep open the lines of heavenly communication.

THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Dn. Joseph Francis – The Theotokos, a woman for the ages is the greatest woman that ever lived. Mary is a model not only for strong women everywhere but for all of us.

THE HOLY ROSARY – Fr. Gregory Crosthwait - In this class we will spend the first 15 to 20 minutes teaching the history and meaning of the Holy Rosary. The second portion of each class we will simply pray the Rosary together.

THE BOOK OF TOBIT: SEEN AND UNSEENFr. Jeff Stubbs -  Does God hear our prayers? Does He act for our good? Find out how a journey to adulthood guided by an angel as a result of a father being blinded by bird poop shows us about prayer as we explore the book of Tobit.

MODERN HERESIES  Fr. Timothy Matkin -   Explore theological controversies of the past century, including modernism, charismatic faith healing, liberation theology, and feminism. Learn where they went wrong and how to get back on track.


ELECTIVES FOR THIRD YEARS AND ABOVE:

Galatians: Not Just for Protestants: Fr. Jeff Stubbs - Catholics and Protestants have been fighting each other for 500 years over the interpretation of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Can you earn your way into heaven on your good works, or is it solely faith in Christ? What if I told you that this debate isn’t even present in the letter? Grab your Bible and find out what exactly Paul is talking about.

The Book of Joshua: Fr. Jeff Stubbs - There is a LOT of death and destruction in the Book of Joshua. God tells the Israelites that it is finally time to inherit the land He promised to Abraham. One problem: they have to take it from the people who already inhabit the land. They must kill men, women, children, dogs, cats, goldfish, and burn the entire thing down to the ground. This can be hard to read, and seems drastic on the part of God, but I’ll bet I can show you Jesus even here. Come and see.

From the Desert to the Glen: Br. Paul, OSF - How the Mission of the Irish Monks impacted Western Civilization.

To be a Disciple: Fr. Greg Crosthwait - Jesus calls us to be his disciples and sends us to make disciples. But what is a disciple? This course focuses on the definition and practice of discipleship so that the we can be who Jesus invites us to be and bring others along with us.

Deadly Sins and Heavenly Virtues: Fr. Timothy Matkin - Learn how our natural appetites and passions get off track and get us into trouble, but more importantly about the tools to help us stay on the straight-and-narrow.

 

 

“Now a war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world – he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” Revelation 12:7-9