TH603: Renewing the Church:
The way the Church understandings itself and its mission has varied over the centuries and
reflects the historical context of the time. This course looks at the shift in the Catholic Church’s
self-understanding that occurred with the Second Vatican Council. Beginning with The Dogmatic
Constitution on the Church (Lumen gentium) and related writings, students will consider how the
Church has responded to the ongoing call to renew itself.
Start date: 2nd November 2018
Teaching Style: Distance Learning with Tutorials
Lecturer: Cynthia Piper
TH501: What Catholics Believe
Catholics hold certain beliefs which shape the way they think about themselves, God, other
people and the world. Those beliefs are found in Scripture and Tradition, celebrated in the
Liturgy, articulated by the Church teaching authority and witnessed to in the lives of Christians.
This course explores the concepts and beliefs that have shaped the Catholic tradition and so
provide a background to understanding Catholic identity
Start Date: 26 th October 2018, starting at 9.00am.
Location: St Patrick’s Parish centre, Putaruru.
Teaching Style: Blended Learning.
Lecturer: Cynthia Piper.