General Objectives: To introduce the Sacraments in general and the three Sacraments of initiation in particular.
Course Outlines: 1: Common elements to all the Sacraments. 2: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist: biblical data; history of the practices; magisterial teaching; systematic vision. 3. Praenotanda of the Rites.
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Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to understand the “Sacraments-of-faith” from the biblical and dogmatic point of view; to acquire a clearer awareness of the interplay between speculative study, spiritual life and pastoral ministry.