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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 2017 Conference classes were 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)- This course is a survey of the life of the Body of Christ throughout its life. 2000+ years of very interesting happenings.

SECOND PERIOD

BEGINNING TO PRAYThe Waldens OSF  – How to keep open the lines of heavenly communication.

THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Fr. Eric Vowles– 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 Unseen Fr. 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.

DISCIPLESHIP ACCORDING TO SAINT IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH: Fr. Christopher Woodall. Mentoring others and being mentored in the Catholic Faith; Why you cannot grow spiritually by yourself.

SURVEY OF THE APOCRYPHA - Fr. Timothy Matkin - These are the books that are not in most people’s Bibles and even fewer know much of anything about them. Be the few, the proud, the informed. We will explore the rich content of these forgotten books of the Greek Old Testament. We will have a few extra copies, but if possible, bring a non-KJV Bible that includes the Apocrypha or “Deutero-canonical books” like the RSV, NRSV, ESV, NAB, NJB, or Living Bible.

ELECTIVES FOR THIRD YEARS AND ABOVE:

FOUR BIG QUESTIONS AND JESUS' ANSWERS Fr. Greg Crosthwait - Four Big Questions confront all of us, whether we know it or not. What is reality? Who has it made? Who is a good person? and How I become a good person? All the great philosophers and teachers answer these questions. Popular culture answers these questions. And so does Jesus. This course is designed to introduce and discuss these questions, Jesus's answers to them, and help us enjoy a life formed and informed by his answers.

THE ORIGINAL PRAYER BOOK: PRAYING THE PSALMS – Fr. Jonathan Kanary - The Psalms capture the full range of human experience, and have always been at the heart of Christian prayer. We will explore what the Psalms are and how to approach them—and we will spend time seeking to hear God speak through these words, as we prayerfully read selected Psalms using a simple version of lectio Divina (holy reading).

THY WILL BE DONE: Paul & Sharon Walden, OSF Our ultimate goal is to be a saint. It is our greatest calling and what is desired for us by our Creator. But how do you do it?

UNCOVERING ISLAM: Fr. Timothy Matkin - The face of Islam is growing across the world, but most people still don’t know much about it’s beliefs. We will review its basic teachings and how they compare with Christianity. What do Muslims believe about Jesus? About Muhammad? About God and salvation? We’ll trace its history and interaction with the Church and look at how best to relate to and share the Christian faith with the Muslim people.

WHERE'S THAT IN THE BIBLE? - Fr. Lee Nelson - A biblical defense of Catholic practice. Michaelites will, no doubt, have friends who accuse them of doing things that are unbiblical, and worse un-Christian. How are they to respond? Topics include Infant Baptism, the Eucharist, Holy Orders, Icons and Statues, Saints, and Written Prayers, among others.

 

 

“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