The Catholic University of America

 Courses taught by John Ford

TRS 328:  Makers of Hispanic Catholic History

The historical origins of contemporary Hispanic/Latino Catholicism seen through representative "history makers": (1) La Reconquista and the Age of Discovery (Isabel and Fernando, Catherine of Aragón, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila); (2) La Conquista and Christianization (Bartolomé de las Casas, Sor Juana de la Cruz, Junípero Serra); (3) Independence and Immigration (Hidalgo, Varela); (4) Twentieth Century (Pro, Romero, Chávez, Elizondo).


TRS 377:  John Henry Newman

The life of Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890) in relation to his vision of higher education (The Idea of a University), the role of the laity in the life of the Church (On Consulting the Faithful),and his spirituality (Parochial and Plain Sermons)


TRS 454: Introduction to Hispanic Ministry (Undergraduate)

Pastoral aspects of the Hispanic/Latino presence in the United States: mestizaje, comunidad, and religiosidad popular. The challenge of implementing the National Pastoral Plan. Field visits and guest speakers. (Knowledge of Spanish helpful, but not required.)


TRS 654:  Introduction to Hispanic Ministry (Graduate)

This practice-oriented course will consider the following dimensions of Hispanic Ministry: [1] Hispanic Ministry as cross-cultural experience: cultures of context and content; [2] Hispanic/Latino communities: diversity, demographics, mestizaje; parish profiles; [3] feligreses: immigrants: internacionales e indocumentados, generación Ñ, guiones; [4] sacramental ministry: Bautismo, Misa, Primera Comunión, Bodas, Unción de enfermos; [5] religiosidad popular: fiestas, quinceañera, velorio, via crucis, día de los muertos; [6] pastoral de conjunto: grupos de oración, comunidades de base; [7] Dios Habla Hoy: preaching, bible study (Knowledge of Spanish is helpful, but not required for this course).


TRS 662:  Revelation and Faith

Biblical dimensions and theoretical models of revelation and faith in light of the teaching of the Vatican Councils, current theological discussion and pastoral practice.


TRS 755A:  Hispanic Latino Theologies

Historical and cultural aspects of the Hispanic/Latino community in the United States. The development of Hispanic/Latino theology in the North American context by representative theologians (Aquino, De La Torre, Elizondo, Espín, Díaz, Goizueta, Isasi-Díaz, Pedraja, et al.).


TRS 765A:  History and Theology of the Ecumenical Movement

A historical and theological analysis of the modern ecumenical movement, from its origins in the early twentieth century through today, with emphasis on the World Council of Churches, theological discussions in the Faith and Order Commission (e.g., Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry), and church union discussions in the US and elsewhere. The engagement of the Catholic Church with the ecumenical movement will be examined.


TRS 863B: Magisterium and Infallibility

This doctoral seminar considers the historical context and provides a systematic analysis of the teaching of Pastor Aeternus (Vatican I) and Lumen Gentium (Vatican II) as background for the contemporary discussion on magisterium, papal primacy, and infallibility. Students enrolled in the seminar are expected to prepare and present a research paper on some aspect of magisterium and infallibility.

TRS 868C: Spiritual Theology Newman

This doctoral seminar traces Newman's spiritual journey as described in his Apologia Pro Vita Sua and examine his spiritual theology as presented in his sermons, conferences, and correspondence. Students enrolled in the seminar are expected to prepare and present a research paper on one aspect of Newman's spirituality.

TRS 868D:  Newman's Theological Writings

This doctoral seminar examine Newman's theological principles as presented in his Grammar of Assent, Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, Letter to the Duke of Norfolk, and Idea of a University. Students enrolled in the seminar are expected to prepare and present a research paper on one aspect of Newman's theology

Course Descriptions are available on the website of the School of Religious Studies