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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 2018 Conference classes were as follows:

FIRST PERIOD

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

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

CHURCH HISTORY (REQUIRED for all 3rd year students) - Fr. Matkin - 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

THE GREAT DIVORCE - HEAVEN AND HELL - Fr. Michael Heidt - The class will read the C.S. Lewis’ book and consider our destination - down into the fiery pit, or up into paradise?”

PARADISE OF THE DESERT FATHERS - Br. Paul, OSF - We will cover … Saint Paul of Thebes… Life of Saint Anthony the Great… The Sayings of the Desert Fathers” Also, we will ask the question “ Were they Models or Kooks? “

FAITH AND WORKS: The Epistle of James. – Fr. Eric Vowles - Aren’t we saved by grace? Do we really need good works? Can I lose my salvation? St. James helps us to understand what it means to truly follow Jesus Christ as Lord.
SECOND PERIOD
Everyone should mark their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd elective choices

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

THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARYFr. 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.

HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAILFr. Martin Yost - Is it possible Christ did not die on the cross? Is it possible Jesus was married, a father, and that his bloodline still exists? Is it possible that parchments found in the South of France a century ago reveal one of the best-kept secrets of Christendom? Is it possible that these parchments contain the very heart of the mystery of the Holy Grail? Find out in this exciting class!

MADE WHITE WITH BLOODDeacon 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.

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.

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.


DON’T TREAD ON ME: Catholic Edition
Fr. Jeffrey Stubbs - Long before England got its act together the American Church discovered the beauty of the Catholic Faith. We will look at the Movement here in America that partially influenced the Oxford Movement in England and show the figures that made the American Church Catholic. (Another Church History course with a spin.)

THIRD PERIOD

THE MASS – (REQUIRED for all 1st year students).- Fr. 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. Heidt - “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

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.


THE OXFORD MOVEMENT: That’s So Punk Rock!!
Fr. Jeffrey Stubbs - The Oxford Movement is essential to everything we do at St. Mike’s, from the in-depth study of the Catholic Faith to the clouds of incense used at Mass. We will look at the Oxford Movement and continue into the Ritualist Movement in the Church of England and see exactly how these guys are the epitome of punk rock. (A Church History course with a spin.)

LIVING IN COMMUNITY: The Rule of St. Benedict for Dummies - Fr. Eric Vowles - What does it mean to live together as a Christian community? How do I live my Christian life in a crazy world? Should I be weird for Christ? The Rule of St. Benedict contains ageless wisdom to help us answer these and many other important questions as we walk our Christian journey.

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 GOSPELSDeacon 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