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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 2021 Conference classes are as follows:

FIRST PERIOD

SURVEY – (REQUIRED for all 1st year students). Frs. Cantrell & Fitzhugh - A study of the basic aspects of the Christian life.

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

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

The following electives are ONLY for 4th years and above
Please mark your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd elective choices

CHARACTER FORMATION AND THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT - Mother Miriam, CSM - The Beatitudes define the character of Christ’s true disciples, the heart of the Sermon on the Mount is the Lord’s Prayer, and the conclusion is Jesus’s call to the disciples to make the decision to follow him through the narrow gate. This seminar will dig into the hard sayings of the Sermon to see how a stout love of virtue and prayer goes together with the good life.

TERESA OF AVILA: INTERIOR CASTLE - Fr. Lee Nelson - “There is a secret place. A radiant sanctuary. As real as your own kitchen. More real than that. Constructed of the purest elements. Overflowing with the ten thousand beautiful things.” This is how the 16th Century Spanish nun,Teresa of Avila describes the human soul. Teresa teaches us the way to union with God through the construction of a castle within the soul, and in this course we will consider the interior life through her writings.

GOD IS GOOD?: C. S. Lewis’s The Problem of Pain - Fr. Joel Hampton - Christians have, for millennia, wrestled with the knotty problem of the existence of evil, suffering, or (to use Lewis’s word) pain in our world...a world that we believe and confess that a good God made for His own glory and for our enjoyment and use. The Problem of Pain is a thought-provoking attempt to untie the knots and understand how, in this life, both “God is good” and “evil exists” can be true at the same time.

SECOND PERIOD
Everyone should mark their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd elective choices

PRAYER: LIVING TRINITARIAN FAITH - Mother Miriam, CSM - Prayer is something more than an exterior act performed out of a sense of duty, an act in which we tell God various things he already knows. Living with Jesus in the heart of God is the meaning of contemplation where we find the hidden treasure, a seed that has the power to grow into a mighty tree bearing abundant flowers and fruit. We’ll talk about how to cultivate that seed of prayer with the help of Scripture, sacraments, and the grace of God.

THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Fr. 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 QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL - Fr. Martin Yost - From the medieval knights to Indiana Jones, from Nazis to New Agers, the Holy Grail has been the subject of strange tales and wild conspiracies. But is there any truth behind the legends? Does the cup that Jesus used at the Last Supper still exist, and can we know where it is today? This class will undertake the quest!

MADE WHITE WITH BLOOD Fr Spencer Stubblefield - "These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” - Revelation 7:14. Made White with Blood will look at intriguing and inspiring martyrs found throughout the history of the Church. How they died, why they died, and how they had the strength to face such trials for the sake of their faith and the Gospel.

SAINT MARK'S GOSPEL Fr. Jeff Stubbs - Mark’s Gospel is the action-packed, demon-fighting, sprint through the life of Jesus that will leave you in tears when it is all done. Buckle up. We are going to have some fun with this. And plus, this is the year for Mark’s Gospel, so why not?

AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS - Fr. Lee Nelson - Saint Augustine’s autobiography was written not only as a prayer of thanksgiving and confession to God, but for those who struggle with doubt, restlessness, and wandering hearts. In this class, we’ll look at five key parts of this classic work, exploring themes of sin and grace, proofs for the existence of God, heresy and orthodoxy, and not the least - friendship.

THIRD PERIOD

THE MASS – (REQUIRED for all 1st year students).- Fr. Martin Yost - What is the Mass? Why do we do what we do? What did Jesus mean when he said “Do this in remembrance of me”?

TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS - (REQUIRED for all 2nd year students) - Fr. Lee Nelson - “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.

The following Electives are ONLY for 3rd Years and above
Be sure to mark your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd elective choices

Jesus, our Model of Life with God: His Baptism, Transfiguration, and the Royal Road to the Cross - Mother Miriam CSM - Looking at the mysteries of his Messiahship will stimulate our love and service in a cruciform way. Every major event in Jesus’s life shows his relationship and support with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is the rock upon which we build our house, our life, our service to God’s people. We will be discussing not only these stories in the Gospels, but also exploring what “in Christ” and “doing the will of God” means for us as Christians.

"APOCALYPSE NOW, THEN, OR EVER?" - Fr. Fitzhugh - This class is what all Orthodox Anglo-Catholics need to know regarding Revelation. What was St. John’s Revelation really about and what does it all mean? Where do we get our liturgy? Is an Antichrist really coming?

TYPOLOGY: THE FORGOTTEN GRAMMAR OF THE BIBLE - Fr. Jeff Stubbs - Would you like to learn how to read the Bible better? I would like to teach you how to read the Bible better. Deepen your faith and impress your friends. All with the tools you already have on hand.

THE ROMANCE OF FAITH: Chesterton’s Orthodoxy - Fr. Joel Hampton - Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a giant of a man, who casts a long shadow nearly a century after his death. From his classic, Orthodoxy, a sort of spiritual autobiography, we’ll draw insights for our own efforts to grasp and to maintain a hold on Catholic faith despite the opposition and the odds.

THE KEY TO THE GOSPELSFather Spencer Stubblefield - Each Gospel writer is trying to do the same thing, put into words the extraordinary life of Jesus of Nazareth. Yet, they each go about how they identify the Incarnate God differently. The key to diving into this is the Old Testament. Each gospel writer uses the Ancient Scriptures in different albeit similar ways to tell future generations who Jesus really was.


 

 

 

“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