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Vincentian Courses

​Students who are interested in learning more about the Vincentian mission can take a variety of courses focusing on leadership, heritage and history, and systemic change. Three of the courses fulfill the requirement for the Religious Dimensions Domain while CTH 210 fulfills the requirement for the Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry Domain of the Liberal Studies program.

Winter Quarter 2018

CTH 247 (REL 283)
Roman Catholic Social Thought in Context: Transformative Models of Vincentian Leadership
Mr. Karl Nass
Religious Dimensions
This course explores Roman Catholic Social Thought through the lens of transformative models of Vincentian leadership.  Students will delve into our rich Vincentian tradition by learning about a key group of founding Vincentian family members: Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, Frederic Ozanam, Rosalie Rendu, and Elizabeth Ann Seton.  The framing of each Vincentian leader will include the following: biographical and historical context; vocation and conversion moments;  religious experience and spiritual practices; transformative leadership approaches engaged to respond to the signs and challenges of the times; and the enduring legacy. Students will connect the wisdom from these Vincentian leaders to their reading of the current signs of the times.  The final project will ask students to apply wisdom cultivated from their exploration of Vincentian leadership and Catholic Social Thought to their lives from a service, leadership, and spiritual perspective. 

CTH 290
Life and Times of Saint Vincent de Paul - ONLINE 
Fr. Ed Udovic
Religious Dimensions
Today, throughout the world, there are millions of people who seek to follow the example of “Saint” Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) and who thus consider themselves to be “Vincentians.” Together, these visionary women and men struggle, for the sake of the common good and their own faith, to increase the measure of charity and justice present both in their lives and in the “kingdom of God.” Their “Vincentian” values impel them in conscience to do this for the love of God, and in solidarity with their suffering “neighbors;” their brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ throughout the world who are abandoned, marginalized, oppressed, powerless and most in need.

CTH 210
Catholic Social Teaching: Systemic Change in the Era of Sustainability - ONLINE                
Dr. Scott Kelley                        
Social, Cultural, Behavioral Inquiry
This course will introduce students to Catholic Social Thought (CST) and the Vincentian mission as frameworks for analyzing contemporary sustainable development discourse. The course will cover foundational concepts about the Vincentian mission, the principles of CST, and a variety of perspectives on the environmental, economic, political, social, and cultural challenges facing the human family in the 21st century.


Spring Quarter 2018

CTH 293          
Notable Vincentian Women: Elizabeth Bayley Seton - ONLINE 
Sr. Betty Ann McNeil                        
Religious Dimensions
This course explores the life, mission, and legacy of Elizabeth Bayley Seton (1774-1821)—her unsettled childhood in a blended family, adolescent depression, romance and blissful marriage to William Magee Seton.  After the birth of five children, bankruptcy, illness, and an anxious transatlantic voyage culminates in quarantine and widowhood. Altered by loss, the widow adapted her lifestyle, painstakingly examined her religious beliefs, and converted to Catholicism.  Elizabeth Seton’s virtuous life of service resulted in her being proclaimed a Saint. In founding the Sisters of Charity in North America, Mother Seton modeled her sisterhood on the mission, spirit, and lifestyle of the Daughters of Charity, cofounded by Louise de Marillac and Vincent de Paul in seventeenth-century Paris.