The Master of Arts in Catholic Studies (MACS) Program at Christian Brothers University held its first annual Graduate Certificate awarding ceremony on March 15, 2008 in the Sabbatini Lounge on CBU’s campus. Seventeen students who have successfully completed three of the first four classes in the program received a Certificate in Catholic Theological Foundations. Sr. Cathy Galaskiewicz, OP, Director of Religious Education, was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for her spectacular service to the MACS program.
Dr. Tony Aretz, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dr. Marius Carriere, Dean of the School of Arts; Dr. Paul Haught, Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department; Dan Messinger, Director of Graduate Programs; Dr. David M. Gides, Director of the MACS Program; and several of the professors in the program attended the ceremony which was followed by an informational session for potential students.
The MACS Certificate awarding ceremony testifies to the success of the relatively new program, which has as its goal the broadening and deepening of our understanding of Catholicism’s rich and diverse tradition through study of theology and the interdisciplinary study of Catholicism’s influence in the world. The program offers systematic and critical exploration of the diverse ways in which the Catholic tradition informs theology, culture, institutions, and identity.
The recent addition of three new professors in the Religion and Philosophy Department ensure CBU’s ability to meet the goals of the MACS program. Dr. Gides, the program’s director, specializes in historical theology and teaches “Catholic Thought and Culture Through the Ages” and “God and the Human Person.” Dr. Geoff Miller, a specialist in scripture, teaches “Catholic Biblical Studies.” Dr. J. Burton Fulmer, a specialist in moral theology, will teach “Moral Theology” and “Catholic Social Ethics.” Other well-known professors teaching in the program include Father Albert Kirk, Ph.D. who teaches “Catholic Spirituality,” Father David Knight, Ph.D., who will be teaching “Theology of Sacraments and Worship,” and Brother Jeffery Gros, FSC, Ph.D. who will be teaching “Ecclesiology and Ministry.”
The MACS program has a rolling admissions policy whereby students can enter the program as auditors, Certificate- or Master’s Degree- seeking students in any semester (Fall, Spring or Summer) and classes generally meet one Saturday per month. This summer’s courses include “God and the Human Person” with Dr. Gides and “Moral Theology” with Dr. Fulmer.
To get more information about this unique and exciting program, call the Graduate & Professional Studies Office at (901) 321-3291 or visit the CBU website at www.cbu.edu. Interested persons can download applications at the website.