Mary in the Catholic Tradition
The understanding of Mary in the Catholic Tradition is a vast and fascinating topic which encompasses Marian devotion, liturgical feasts, apparitions, art, dogmas, magisterial teaching, and theological reflection, among other subjects. In this introductory course the goal is to acquaint participants with five major topics.
Unit 1 - Mary in the Gospels
Unit 2 - Four officially defined Marian dogmas in Roman Catholicism
Unit 3 - Mary in the Second Vatican Council and subsequent papal teaching
Unit 4 - Mary and women
Unit 5 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
- The most widespread Marian devotion in the Americas and increasingly in many U.S. parishes as well
- Created by Notre Dame Theology Professor.
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- Lectures delivered by streaming video.
- All lecture text available online in text format.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration of topic, internet links provided for all readings.
- Written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Facilitator moderated chat sessions with students in course.
- All course materials are available online in the course.
- View or read the lecture for each unit.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussion.
- Participate in the class discussion using the Forums area: post at least 2 comments, questions, or responses per unit.
- Write 150-200 words in response to the assignment in each unit.
- Participate in at least 3 scheduled chat sessions throughout the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
4 to 6 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
A certificate of completion awarding 25 contact hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.
Dr. Timothy Matovina
Timothy Matovina is a professor and chair of the Theology Department at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in Theology and Culture, with particular focus on U.S. Catholic and U.S. Latino theology and religion. He is author of many books and articles, among them Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church (Princeton, 2012), which has won five book awards, including a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2012.