November 29 - December 27, 2020
Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, Help of Christians, Star of the Sea . . . . The Blessed Virgin Mary goes by many titles. Why do Catholics love her so? And how can we foster our relationship with Mary and learn to imitate her virtues?
In this short online course, Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Bishop Kevin M. Britt Chair of Dogmatic Theology and Christology, will offer reflections on the beautiful teachings of our Catholic faith about Mary: her role as Mother of God, her Perpetual Virginity, her Immaculate Conception, and her Assumption into Heaven. But Mary is not just a figure of the past. Sacred Heart Major Seminary faculty will also introduce us to Mary’s apparitions to people living in very different times and places, such as Lourdes, France; Fatima, Portugal; Guadalupe, Mexico; and Kibeho, Rwanda. Come and join us this Advent as we get to know the Blessed Virgin Mary!
– Dr. Matthew T. Gerlach
Dean, Institute for Lay Ministry
This FREE non-credit course is being offered online using the seminary's learning management system, Canvas. Upon signing up for the course, students will receive a username and password for accessing the online class.
The class will be conducted online giving students the freedom to engage with the material and complete course tasks around their own schedule. The class will consist of four modules which can be completed according to the individual's own pace.
Each module will be hosted by Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Professor of Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart, and feature one of our distinguished faculty members. Each module will include:
- Featured Lecture (~20 minutes)
- Marian Apparition Lecture (~10 minutes)
- Supplemental Reading Material (~30 minutes)
- Online Discussion Forum
- Personal Assessment Quiz
The goal of the course is not to deliver a high level of rigor or stress, but
Consider this an Advent retreat experience for the lay faithful, done at your own pace and guided by five globally esteemed professors from Sacred Heart, all of whom help
What will be covered?
Four Great Marian Dogmas | Dr. Robert Fastiggi
Module 2: Perpetual Virginity
Module 3: Immaculate Conception
Module 4: Assumption into Heaven
Bishop Kevin M. Britt Chair of Dogmatic Theology & Christology - Instructor Bio
Our Lady of Guadalupe | Dr. Janet Diaz
Part-time Faculty, Director of Evangelization, Church of the Holy Family, Novi - Instructor Bio
Our Lady of Lourdes | Dr. Donald Wallenfang (OCDS)
Professor of Theology/Philosophy - Instructor Bio
Our Lady of Kibeho | Fr. John Vandenakker (CC)
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology & Director of Graduate Pastoral Formation - Instructor Bio
Our Lady of Fatima | Dr. Ralph Martin
Professor of Theology & Director of Graduate Programs in the New Evangelization - Instructor Bio