3.3.2. Course Descriptions

ST 01 Research Methodology 1 Cr

The course on Research Methodology includes an emphasis on the need for specialization in writing scientific dissertation, seminar paper, articles and book reviews through a proper note-taking, analysis and synthesis of opinions and final presentation with accurate notes and bibliography.

Bibliography: Sandanam, John Peter: Methodology for Research. Bangalore: St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, 2006. Bell, Judith: How to Complete Your Research Project Successfully: A Guide For First Time
Researchers.New Delhi: USB Publishers, 1995.Mason, Jenniffer: Qualitative Researching. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1996, 2004.
Eugene Newman Joseph

ST 02 Basic Concepts in Spirituality 1 Cr

This is an introductory course that helps the students to get familiarized with all the basic and fundamental concepts in Spiritual Theology. Special attention is paid to the study spirituality as a scienceof
the Spirit and, at the same time, a sincere effort is made to understand it from the phenomenological point of view. I
Bibliography: Gustavo Gutierrez, We Drink From Our Own Wells, Maryknoll: Orbis, 1983 Donald Cozzens, Ed., The Spirituality Of The Diocesan Priest, Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1997. Felix
Podimattam, Spirituality And Spiritualities, Delhi: Media House, 2001.
Philip Valakodiyil, msfs

ST 03 Mission in the Synoptics (cf. Code No. ET 08) 1 Cr.
L. Legrand, mep

ST 04 Special Questions in Spirituality & Morality 1 Cr
The course aims at understanding the concept of Spirituality and Morality from an integrative point of view, specifying their mutuality and corresponding challenges they cause in different contexts and
George Therukattil, mcbs

ST 05 Spirituality of the Proclamation of the Word of God 1 Cr

The Study focuses on 3 areas: Spirituality of the Man: The Preacher, Spirituality in the Message,  pirituality of the Method. The emphasis is on the practical dimension, how these elements of spirituality can be
adopted and adapted in our contemporary situations to make our proclamation of the Word of God more effective and attractive.
Bibliography: Ligouri, Alphonsus Maria de, Dignity and Duties of the Priest or Selva- A Collection of Material for Ecclesiastical Retreats, ed. By Eugene Grimm, Brooklyn, Redemptorist Fathers, 1890——,
Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year, ed. By Eugene Grimm, Brooklyn, Redemptorist Fathers, 1852.
George Puthenpura, cssr

ST 06 History of Spirituality – I (Ancient) 2 Cr

This course summarizes the first stage of the History of Christian Spirituality, starting from the Jewish origins and passing through the early forms of spirituality characterized in Martyrdom and in the concept
of virginity.
Bibliography :Louis Bouyer, A History of Christian Spirituality, Vol. 1, London: Burns and Oates, 1968.Pierre Pourrat, Christian Spirituality Vol. 1, Westminster: The Newman Press, 1953. Bernard Mcginn, John Meyendorff, Jean Leclercq (Ed.), Christian Spirituality – Origins to the Twelfth Century, Vol. 1, London: SCM Press, 1989.
Thomas Vazhacharickal

ST 07 History of Spirituality – II (Medieval) 2 Cr

This course systematically presents the major events and developments of medieval spirituality and theology as it saw bright as well as cloudy moments and movements, mystical and ascetical
resurgences and downfalls.
Bibliography Van Kaam, Adrian: The Transcendent Self: Formative Spirituality. New Jersey, 1979; Aumann, Jordan: Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition. London: Sheed& Ward, 1985; Kolencherry, Antony (ed.): Spiritual Perspectives of The Medieval Church. IIS Scholar’s Forum, No. 6, 1998-1999. Bangalore: IIS Publication, 1999.
Benny G. Koottanal, msfs

ST 08 History of Spirituality – III (Modern) 2 Cr

History of spirituality in the modern era is vast and complex because of the rise of different “schools of spirituality” characterized by nationalistic tendencies. In this overview of the main trends in spirituality
during the modern period, we shall analyse the emergence of the “devotiomoderna”, the different schools of spirituality and other spiritual movements like Marian Devotion and the Spirituality of the Reformation.
Bibliography: Louis Bouyer, A History of Christian Spirituality, 3 Vols., London: Burns & Oates, 1968.Pierre Pourrat, Christian Spirituality 3 Vols., Westminster: The Newman Press,1953. Jill Raitt, Bernard McGinn, John Meyendorff (Ed.), Christian Spirituality –High Middle Ages and Reformation,Vol. 2, London: SCM Press, 1989.
Philip Valakodiyil, msfs

ST 09 History of Spirituality – IV (Contemporary) 2 Cr

Spirituality is in vogue today. There is a plethora of literature on spirituality dealing with various kinds of spiritualities. This course focuses on the notion of the spiritual in relation to the cultural andreligious
plurality of contemporary society. It also makes a survey of the spiritual writings of some of the influential writers and thinkers of the twentieth century.
Bibliography: Garvey John (ed.), Modern Spirituality, London: DLT, 1986.Abhishiktananda, Hindu-Christian Meeting Point: Within the Cave of the Heart, Delhi: ISPCK, 1969.Rahner, Karl, The Practice of Faith: A Handbook of Contemporary Spirituality, New York: 1992.
Henry Jose Kodikuthiyil, msfs

ST 10 Special Questions in the Theology of Trinity 2 Cr

This course offers a systematic reflection on the self-revelation of God as Trinity and the Christian experience of this mystery. An attempt is made to examine the systematic theological reflections on the mystery of the Trinity and the issues emerging from them during the course of the development of the doctrine. Further, this course seeks to spell out the relevance of our belief in and understanding of the Trinitarian mystery for our further theological reflection, our personal and communitarian life, the Christian world-view, socio-political commitment and interreligious dialogue.
Jacob Parappally, msfs

ST 11 Psycho-Spiritual Integration 2 Cr

In the modern society, where progress and development alone seem to be the top priorities, one’s own matured development as a person and integrative progress from conception to old age tend to be lagging
George Manalel, V.C.

ST 12 Johannine Spirituality 2 Cr
The course would begin with an explanation of the background of John. It would be followed by formation of Christology and Ecclesiology. Thereafter the structure of the fourth Gospel will be explained.
Bibliography: Jose Maniparambil: Why are you Speaking with a Woman?Aloor: Biblia, 2004.Anderson, P.N.: The Christology of the Fourth Gospel. WUNT 2.78, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1996..Brown, R.E.: The Community of the Beloved Disciple. New York, 1979.
Jose Maniparampil

ST 13 The Spirituality of the Bhagavad Gita 1 Cr

The Bhagavad Gita, the Lord’s Song, is one of the most popular and influential religious texts of India. This course deals with the historical and socio-religious contexts of the Gita and examines their meaning and relevance for our times. The course analyses the God-Human-World vision of the Gita and highlights its ethical, religious and spiritual teachings.
Bibliography :Aurobindo, Sri, Essays on the Gita, Pondicherry: Aurobindo Ashram, 1966.  hidbhavananda Swami, The Bhagavad Gita, Tirupparaitturai: Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, 1969.
Emmanuel Uppanthadathil
ST 14 Patristic Spirituality 2 Cr
This course on the Patristic Spirituality would focus its attention on the spirituality lived by the Fathers of the Church taking into consideration the context, history and the spirituality of their time. The course also would emphasize the daunting need to re-vitalize the spirit of the Fathers in our times in order to have the genuine God-experience in the modern globalized society.
Xavier Terence

ST 15 New Religious Movements 1 Cr

This course on New Religious Movements would include three Catholic Christian Movements prevalent in India, some non-Catholic Christian Movements in India and some Hindu and Muslim Religious
Movements. Each of these movements would be studied methodologically.
Bosco Antony Ryan

ST 16 Indian Spirituality 1 Cr

This course makes a general survey of the origin and development of Indian culture, religion and  hilosophy from the Indus Valley Civilization to modern times. The earliest available texts of religion and
philosophy in India are the Samhitas (Vedas). A short survey of the principal characteristics of the Brahmanas and Aranyakas introduces an integrated approach to the Upanishads.
Antony Mookenthottam, msfs

ST 17 Indian Christian Spirituality 1 Cr

The classical Indian approach to Spirituality and its affinity to the Oriental Christian approaches: Atman vsPneuma, Brahma- SaksatkaravsTheosis, Pranayama meditation vs Jesus prayer to hesychast meditation, and samadhivshesychis; the three margas of karma, jnana, bhakti, versus the three Western ways: Purgative, Illuminative and Unitive; the state of samadhi and the transformation of the soul to God.
Bibliography: Pandit, Motilal, Towards Transcendence, Delhi:Intercultural Publications, 1993. Puthenpura, Cheriyan, Yoga Spirituality, Bangalore: Camillian, 1997. Amalorpavadass, D.S., Indian
Christian Spirituality, Bangalore: NBCLC, 1982. Freeman, Lawrence, Selfless Self, Bangalore: Indian Institute of Spirituality, 1994.
Antony Mookenthottam, msfs

ST 18 Special Questions in Christology 2 Cr

This course deals with some of the questions raised to the assumptions of traditional Christology, as well as, the ones that emerge in living-dialogue with the Asian pluralistic religio-cultural context. This
course will also focus on certain seminal contributions in response to these questions and their new insights and elements to the theological discourse, dialogue and debate about Jesus’ significance today.
Jacob Parappally, msfs

ST 19 Indo-ChristicLiberative Spirituality 2 Cr

Nowadays the cry of liberation is being raised from all quarters. Equally the methods of violence are also being spread enormously. What then is the relevance of Christian spirituality at this juncture? Is it
possible to really strive after Jesus Christ, “the Model of all perfections” (L.G.40) and yet, by the same token, be involved in socio political liberation, without subscribing to violence?
Bibliography :A. Pushparajan, Search for Peace: Gandhian Techniques, Nagpur, India Peace Centre, 1993.——, “The Universal Spirit and an Indigenous Leader”, in Vaiharai, A Theological Quarterly,
Tiruchirappally, Vol 3, No. 1, January, 1998.——, “Gandhi’s Commitment to Social Justice”, in Indian Church Struggle for New Society.
A. Pushparajan

ST 20 Prayer and Mysticism 2 Cr

An analysis is made here regarding prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation and petition. The courses also teach grades of prayer, asceticism and mysticism, characteristics of mysticism, sanctifying grace, gift of the Holy Spirit and mystical experience, purgation and mysticism, prayer leading to mystical experience, transforming union and highest peak of perfection, mysticism and Faculty of Theology Liberation, extraordinary mystical phenomena and mysticism outside the Christian Church.

Augustine Kolencherry & Maria Antony

ST 21 Formation 1 Cr

This course aims to serve an introduction to the art and discipline of spiritual formation. In the light of the history and meaning of “science” and the meaning inherent in the phenomenon of “formation”, this course, first of all, considers the need, the significance, and the implications of a scientific approach to spiritual formation. Out of the foundational vision of life and of the human person under formation, we survey the personality theory developed by formation sci.ence.

Augustine Kolencherry

ST 22 Pastoral Psychology and Family Counselling 2 Cr

If relationship is the heart of family life, then communication is its soul. Family members communicate in order to express themselves and have their basic needs met. The quality of communication usually determines the quality of one’s relationships and life in general. This course offers a new way of identifying communication patterns and its resultant issues based on Transactional Analysis. Eric Berne, who had his initial training in psychoanalysis, developed the principles of TA based on his practical experience as a social psychiatrist. The course also offers tangible tools for those involved in pastoral and family counselling, or for anyone else who is interested in enhancing their own communication skills and thus improving the quality of their interpersonal relationships.
DR. Thomas John

ST 23 Spirituality of the Laity 1 Cr

This course explores the concept of Laity and Lay Spirituality in Christian understanding. Lay people and their contribution to the development of Christian Spirituality in the ancient Church; the women saints as mystics, teachers and leaders in Spirituality; A Spirituality centered on marriage and family converting the families into domestic Church.

Bibliography: Brenda, Jess S. (ed.): Spirituality of the Laity. Taipei, 1990.L. Doolan: The Lay Centered Church. Minn. Winston, 1984.J. & E.Whitehead: The Emerging Laity. New York, 1986.A. Faivre: The
Emergence of the Laity in the Early Church. New York, 1990.Y. Congar: Lay People in the Church. Westminster, 1957.

A. Pushparajan

ST 24 Spirituality of the Letter to the Romans 2 Cr

After a brief introduction, this course will deal with the location of the Romans in the NT Corpus and in Corpus Paulinum. The course focuses on the points, how to interpret an ancient text like Romans, the rhetorical structure, the general analysis of the entire letter, an exegetical understanding of the prologue and the proposition (1: 1-17) and a special discussion on 5:12 and the concepts of original sin.

Bibliography: DonfriedK.P. (ed.), The Romans Debate, Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1991.Kaesemann, E., Commentary on Romans, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1980.Barth, K., The Epistle to the Romans, London: Oxford University Press, 1977.

Jose Maniparampil

ST 25 Faith and Science 1 Cr

Far from being in conflict, faith and science go hand in hand in the service of man’s moral advancement and his wise stewardship of creation. The Gospel message of our salvation in Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
offers us a true humanism, a ‘grammar’ by which we come to understand the mystery of man and the universe. This kind of harmony and the ability of science to stimulate theological reflection, as well as the ability of faith to keep science from becoming closed in upon itself and to avoid trying to answer all of the great questions about life and the universe.

Augustine Pamplany, CST

ST 26 Mission and Prayer in the New Testament 1 Cr

Faculty of Theology Prayer and Mission are closely inter-connected in the ministry of Jesus and Paul.
Bibliography: 1. Jesus: Jeremias, J., The Prayers of Jesus, London: SCM, 1967.Navone, Themes of St. Luke, Rome: PUG, 1970.Hamman, A., Prayer, the New Testament, Chicago: Franciscan Press, 1971.Feldkamper, L., Der Betende Jesus alsHeilsmittlernach Lukas, St. Augustin: SteylerVerlag, 1978. 2. Paul – Wiles, G.P., Paul’s Intercessory Prayers, SNTSMS 24, Cambridge: CUP, 1974 O’Brien, P.T., Introductory Thanksgiving in the Letters of Paul, SNT 49, Leiden: Brill, 1977
L. Legrand, mep

ST 27 Spirituality of the Book of Revelation 1 Cr

The Book of Revelation, written in an apocalyptic garb, belongs to the biblical prophetic tradition. Revelation is a rhetoric masterpiece that challenges the faithful to absolute loyalty to Christ and to action in the present. This book is rooted in the mystical experience of John. To read and understand the book of Revelation, therefore, is to embark on a spiritual adventure.
Bibliography: Bauckham, R., The Climax of Prophecy. Studies on the Book of Revelation, Edinburgh 1993.Beale, G.K., The Book of Revelation, NIGTC, Grand Rapids 1999.

Johnson Puthussery, cst

ST 28 Salesian Spirituality: Hermeneutical Approach 1 Cr

St. Francis de Sales felt that all people in all walks of life are called by God to live a devout life. In Salesian Spirituality, nothing is little and insignificant in the service of God; each endeavour has its particular importance.

Bibliography: Sankarathil, John. Humility and Gentleness: Theological Investigations in the Writings of St. Francis de Sales, Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2009.Introduction to the Devout Life.Translated by Antony Mookenthottam, Armind Nazareth and Antony Kolencherry. Bangalore: SFS Publications, 2002.Treatise on the Love of God. Vol. 2 Translated by Antony Mookenthottam, Armind Nazareth and Henry Kodikuthiyil,. Bangalore: SFS Publications, 2009.
John Sankarathil, osfs

ST 29 Benedictine Spirituality 1 Cr

The great pioneers of early Christian monasticism lived in Egypt, Palestine, Asia Minor, Syria, North Africa and Europe. St. Benedict’s life proclaimed the ideals he lived and taught. The rule of St. Benedict shows that the Benedictine monastic life is a journey to God.
Bibliography: The Rule of St. Benedict: Mayeul de Dreuille (Intro. & Trans.)The Rule of St. Benedict: Timothy Fry (ed.), St. Benedict, Life and Miracles: Gregory the Great, Life of St. Antony.

Abbot John, OSB

ST 30 Eco-Spirituality 1 Cr

We live in an age of globalization wherein our values are focused on economic growth at the expense of environmental health, population growth and quality of life, and fleeting artificial luxuries at the expense of lasting natural beauty. Our following of these mistaken values now threatens the survival of whole vast eco-systems, upon which we depend for food, resources and energy.
Bibliography: Attfield, R., The Ethics and Environmental Concern, New York, 1983. Baum, G. & Ellsberg, R., The Logic of Solidarity, New York, 1989. Berry T., The Dream of the Earth, San Francisco, 1988. Birch, C., Eakin. W., & McDaniel, J.B., Liberating Life: Contemporary Approaches to Ecological Theology, New York, 1990.
Henry Jose Kodikuthiyil, msfs

ST 31 Spirituality of Psalms 2 Cr

This course includes roughly the following topics:Primary Notions about the Psalms, Contributions of the modern scholars in the Profound Spiritual Themes of the Psalms: Concept of God, Concept of humans, eschatological perspectives, messianism, dynamics of prayer, religion, etc.

Recommended Bibliography: Hans-Joachim Kraus, Psalms: A Commentary, Minneapolis Augsburg, 1989; S. Mowinckel, Psalms in Israel’s Worship, 2 volumes, New York, Abingdon, 1962; C. A. Briggs, A
Faculty of Theology

ST 32 Spiritual Direction 1 Cr

The necessity of spiritual guidance, guidance at different stages of one’s growth in the Spirit, difficulties that are faced at different levels of one’s response to the Spirit, difference between spiritual direction and other forms of guidance and guidance in discernment are some of the topics that are dealt within this course.

Bibliography: C. Gratton, The Art of Spiritual Guidance, New York: Crossroad, 1992. A. Van Kaam, Formative Spirituality, 5 vols., New York: Crossroad, 1983-1992. A. Barry William & J. Conolly William, The Practice of Spiritual Direction, New York: The Seabury Press, 1982.
Antony Mookenthottam, msfs

ST 33 Spirituality of the Wisdom Literature 1 Cr

Today we are living in times where intelligence and knowledge is increasing, but wisdom is decreasing. Knowledge is no guarantee for Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Psalms, New York, 1906-7.
Thomas Vallianipuram
people not to act foolishly and unwisely. In such a context, it is worth the task to understand the exigency of wisdom, the value of it and the way to attain it.

ThummaMariadas, msfs

ST 34 Eucharistic Spirituality 2 Cr

This course tries to understand the very development of the concept of the theology of the Eucharist from its Jewish background and down through the centuries, beginning with the first Christian communities and through the teachings of the Greek and Latin Fathers.
Bibliography: Koottanal, BenniGrigoriose: Eucharist is Love: A Dogmatic and Hermeneutic Understanding of the Salesian Eucharistic Theology in the Calvinistic Era. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2005.
Benny G. Koottanal, msfs

ST 35 Franciscan Spirituality 1 Cr

St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi belonged to the medieval period, which was characterized by movements on social, cultural, ecclesial and religious spheres. Touched by God’s grace while on an ambitious route to knighthood, Francis accepted the Gospels (Word of God) as his model of following Jesus Christ radically. Clare of Assisi
followed the path of Francis and became the co-founder of the Franciscan Movement.

V. J. Menezes, OFM Cap

ST 36 Prophetic Spirituality 1 Cr

Prophetic spirituality is a way of being religious imbued with a burningconcern for social justice and the improvement of flawed socialinstitutions. This aspect of the religious life is often missing when peopleconsider spirituality to be merely a private, personal affair, with at best Faculty of Theology


3.3.3. Syllabus

I Semester (July-October 2014)

Subject Professor Hours
Basic Concepts in Spirituality Fr. Philip Valakodiyil 15
Research Methodology DR. Eugene N. Joseph 15
Pauline Corpus DR. Jose Maniparampil 30
Spirituality of the Laity DR. Pushparajan 15
Mission in the Bible (Part I) DR. Lucien Legrand, mep 15
Prophetic Spirituality DR. Jose Pamplany 15
Spirituality and Morality DR. George Therukattil mcbs 15
God in Koran Prof. Javed 15
Spirituality of Psalms DR.Thomas Vallianipuram 30
Carmelite Spirituality DR. Gregory D’Souza ocd 15
Faith and Science DR. Augustine Pamplany, cst 15
History of Spirituality (Ancient) Fr. Thomas Vazhcharickal 30

II Semester (October 2014-March 2015)

Special Questions in Christology DR. Jacob Parappally 30
Benedictine Spirituality Abbot John 15
Indian Christian Spirituality DR. Antony Mookenthottam 15
Mysticism DR. Maria Antony 15
History of Spirituality (Medieval) DR. Benny G. Koottanal, msfs 30
Revelation DR. Johnson Puthussery, cst 15
Eco Spirituality DR. Henry Jose, msfs 15
Spirituality and TA DR. Thomas John 15