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Preparing candidates for
active ministry
in the
Old and Independent Catholic Tradition
 


Vilatte Theological Seminary

Course Catalog + April, 2016

NOTICE: The Vilatte Theological Seminary has been approved by
the Missouri Department of Higher Education to operate in the
State of Missouri as an exempt proprietary educational program
pursuant to Subsection 173.616.2 RSMo. (June, 2003)


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About Vilatte Theological Seminary

About our Seminary Program

Certificates/Degrees

Credit Hour

Prerequisites and Transfer Credit

Tuition and Fees & Schedule of Fees

Grading Scale

Administration & Faculty

Course of Studies for Minor Orders

Course of Studies for the Sacred Order of Deacon

Course of Studies for the Sacred Order of Priest

 

Textbooks & Video Lectures
(Click on Course Number in the Course of Studies Charts below.)

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree

Application for Admission & Contact Information

Vilatte Theological Seminary FAQs


About Vilatte Theological Seminary….

The Vilatte Institute was established on July 2, 1992 as a church to provide religious worship services, to promote Christian living, to promote the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy and to assist in the establishment of congregations desiring to witness the Christian message in the Catholic tradition.

In order to advance the unity of independent Catholic ministries, the Vilatte Institute promoted the founding of the Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA on November 1, 2001. The ECC+USA is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in Missouri and serves as an endorsing organization for a growing number of independent Catholic ministries. Currently, there are member ministries (congregations, chaplaincies in Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, and Oregon). The Vilatte Institute is now a member ministry of the ECC+USA. (Please refer to our website at www.ecc-usa.org for details about our beliefs, mission, and ministries.)

In order to train candidates for Minor Orders as well as Deacons and Priests for ministries endorsed by the ECC+USA, the Vilatte Institute established the Vilatte Theological Seminary (VTS) as a mentored, self-paced, Internet facilitated theological studies program. The VTS provides courses that are particularly designed to prepare ECC+USA clergy candidates, lay leaders in this church and other churches which are formally or informally associated with the ECC+USA.

The Vilatte Theological Seminary is a ministry of the Vilatte Institute OCC and as such is owned and operated by the Institute. At present, there is no "physical school" other than a home office located in Dardenne Prairie, MO where the program is organized and facilitated through email communication with the students and mentors/instructors.

Clergy and laypersons who have training or expertise in areas of ministerial studies serve as volunteer mentor/instructors for courses related to their expertise.

 

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About our seminary program….

Coursework in our seminary program is limited to those content areas supportive of competencies deemed necessary and appropriate for ordained ministry within Churches of the Catholic Faith tradition: Theology, Sacred Scripture, Liturgy, Church Law, Prayer, Preaching, Spiritual Direction, Religious Pedagogy, and Pastoral Management.

Internet Access and E-mail. The VTS program is Internet based and the interchange between instructors and students is handled through email and email attachments. The Internet offers significant opportunities for research in theological studies. Therefore, a student must have and maintain Internet and email access while taking coursework through this seminary program.

Also, it is necessary for the student to be able to open pdf documents, and to open, create, and make changes to Microsoft Word documents. Unfortunately, students with whom we are unable to work out the details of creating, changing, sending and receiving MS Word documents will be unable to continue in the seminary program. We recommend that students using either the Macintosh or PC platforms obtain a copy of a recent version of MS Office which will provide both platform compatibility and sufficient creative capability for most seminary assignments.

Course Time Limits: In order to maintain the continuity of instruction for both the student and the instructor, students are expected to complete each course within three (3) months of beginning the cours; however, due consideration will be given to extenuating circumstances. Courses without activity for three consecutive months will be recorded as a "Timed Out Withdrawal" (WT) on the student transcript.

Certificates/Degrees. The following certificates and degrees are available to students in our program.

Certificate for the Successful Completion of Deacon Studies

Certificate for the Successful Completion of Priesthood Studies

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)    (Click HERE for details on the M.Div. program)

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)    (Click HERE for details on the D.Min. program)

The requirements for certificates and graduate degrees are listed below.

Credit Hour. While the term "Credit Hour" is used throughout our materials and while we fully intend to approximate the traditional credit hour in amount of content covered in any given course, the nature of our mentor directed self-paced study program will not necessarily approximate the length of a typical credit hour defined program. In fact, we would expect a focused and dedicated student to complete the 24 credit hours course of studies for a deacon in one year and the 24 credit hour course of studies for the presbyter in a second year of study. Research and writing for either the M.Div. and D. Min. degrees would add another four to twelve months.

Prerequisites and Transfer Credit. A Bachelor Degree or its equivalent in total courses or career/work/volunteer related experience is required for admission into this seminary program. Prior coursework as well as job or volunteer experience applicable to ministry related competencies which meet course content will be accepted as transfer or experience credit in certificate and degree programs.

Transcripts. Courses completed through transfer or experience credit are not listed on Vilatte Theological Seminary's official transcripts unless a Certificate or Degree has been earned through the semnary program.

Tuition and Fees. The seminary is blessed to have a dedicated and volunteer faculty who are willing to use their expertise as part of their own ministry in the education of seminarians in the independent Catholic Faith movement. Because faculty members are not paid, it is possible for the seminary to keep costs to students reasonable based on the costs to operate a reputable and respected ministry preparation program within the perimeters set by our educational design. Course Fees are due at the beginning of a course and are delinquent after two weeks into the course.

Grading Scale.

E = Excellent: at least 95% correct; essays are correct and complete; exemplary.
(Approximate equivalent to: A+, A)

S = Satisfactory: at least 75% of answers are correct; essays are correct but lacking detail.
(Approximate equivalent to: C, B, A-)

U = Unsatisfactory; mostly incorrect answers; essays are inadequate.
(Equivalent to: F)

WP = withdrawal from the course with an average of S or above.
W = withdrawal from the course with unsatisfactory or
with no recorded work.
WT = dropped from course due to course completion time limit expiration.

To pass a course, the average score of all corrected assignments must be S or higher.

 

 

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For ECC+USA Students

(These fees are based on the ECC+USA financially supporting
the seminary program for
its candidates and member associates.)

Application Fee and assessment of prior coursework $25  

No charge for courses and related ministry experience
accepted in fulfillment of specific course content.
 
Fee per Credit Hour (except degree research courses): $20

Fee for MD 397 and DM 398 (degree research projects) per Credit Hour: $30

Deacon and Priesthood Certificate Graduation Fee: $0

Degree Graduation Fee: $25.00

For All Other Students


(Note:  Because the VTS is partially supported by ECC+USA ministries,
there is a $10 per credit hour surcharge for students
who are not members of the Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA.)

Application Fee and assessment of prior coursework $30 

No charge for courses and related ministry experience
accepted in fulfillment of specific course content.
 
Fee per Credit Hour (except degree research courses): $30

Fee for MD 397 and DM 398 (degree research projects) per Credit Hour: $40

Deacon and Priesthood Certificate Graduation Fee: $0

Degree Graduation Fee: $35.00

 

For All Students


Books = Student Expense
Textbooks may be purchased through our Seminary Textbook Store

Travel to Practicum Courses = Student Expense

Room Rental (if necessary) for Practicum Courses =  actual cost shared by participants

Digitized Copies of degree research projects and dissertation = Student Expense

Email and Internet (required for coursework) = Student Expense

Computer word processing software compatible with MS Office for Mac 2011 (note that
            Mac and Windows of MS Office documents are compatible) = Student Expense

Fee per official transcript $10



Fee schedule is current as of April 2, 2016, and is subject to change without notice. 
The fee schedule at the time of the student begins the first course
remains in effect for his/her entire course of studies providing the student
maintains continuous enrollment and progress on coursework.

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Administration & Faculty

2016

+Rev. Carl T. Swaringim
President, Rector & Dean of Studies

(Scripture, Theology, &  Church Law)

A.B., Cardinal Glennon College
Ed.D., Saint Louis University

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Rev. Brian P. Spencer
Vice Rector & Associate Dean of Studies

(Theology, Sacred Scripture)

B.A., Sacred Heart Seminary (Detroit)
M.Div., Catholic Theological Union (Chicago)
M.Sp.Ed., Western Governor's University


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Rev. Robert A. Catlett Jr.
Vice Rector of Seminary Administration

(Liturgy, Liturgical Music, Pastoral Management)

M.Div., Vilatte Theological Seminary

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+Rev. Thomas F. Coover
(Homiletics, Eastern Catholic Theology)

Catholic University of America
Kenrick Seminary
M.Div., Vilatte Theological Seminary

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+Rev. David M. Kocka
(Theology, Homiletics)

A.B., Saint Louis University
B.Th., Seraphicum
M.A., Saint Bonaventure University

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Rev. William E. LaGrand
(Counseling, Spiritual Direction)

B.A., Stephen's College
M.A., Lindenwood University

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Rosann M. Swaringim
(Catechetics & Pedagogy)

B.A., St. Thomas Aquinas College
M.S., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

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Rev. Thomas Whitehead
(Theology, Scripture)

B.A., Cardinal Glennon College
M.S., Lindenwood University

 

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Courses of Study

General Information

All course content at VTS is designed to meet the Minor and Major Orders ordination requirements of the Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA.

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"Transfer Credit" is granted for Courses accepted as fulfilling particular VTS course content requirements.

"Experience Credit" may be granted for life or job experience related to course content.

"Transfer" and "Experience" Credits are not included on "Official Transcripts" unless a "Certificate Program" or Degree program has been completed at VTS.

Transcripts for courses accepted as "Transfer Credit" from other institutions are on file. Descriptions of life and/or job experience accepted for "Experience Credit" are also on file. These transcripts and descriptions are not included on or with Official Transcripts.

Courses accepted by the Seminary as being completed through Transfer or Experience Credit are not listed on the student's transcript unless the student has completed a Certificate or Degree Program as a student at this Seminary.



Grading System:
P = Passed (used for all courses transferred into VTS and for all "experience" courses.

E = Excellent (Approximate equivalent to: A+, A)
S= Satisfactory (Approximate equivalent to C, B, A-)
U= Unsatisfactory (Equivalent to F)
W= Withdrawal (Student withdrawal for course for any reason)
WP = Withdrawal Passing (course at least half completed successfully)
WT = withdrawal based exceeding time limit.

Codes used below:

xx000m (m) =  Course uses A/V Media lectures and textbooks.
xx000x (x) =  Course has been enlarged to include another course or extended content.

To view printed or media textbook information about a course, click on the course number.


Course of Studies for the Minor Orders.

(Minor Orders: Porter, Acolyte, Lector, and Subdeacon.)

Note: These courses are part of the Deacon COS requirements.
To see current required textbooks for courses, click on Course Number.

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

CL332

Church Law

1

Church History Survey includes Old Catholic History

1
Doctrine: Profession of Faith (included in DT317x)
1
Liturgical Practicum: Liturgy for Minor Orders

1


Course of Studies for the Sacred Order of Deacon.

1. Sacred Scripture

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

SS308m

Old Testament Survey

4

SS309m

New Testament Survey

4

2. Theology

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

DT317x

Doctrine: Survey of the Catholic Faith

4
DT316 Doctrine: Creeds, Councils, Fathers
2

3. The Deacon as Catechist

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

CA385

Teaching the Faith (Practicum)

2

4. The Deacon at Liturgical Rites

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

LI361

The Deacon at Liturgical Rites (Practicum)

1

LI364m

The Liturgical Year

1

6. The Deacon as Homilist

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

HO350

Preaching: Writing Homilies

2

HO353

Preaching: Delivering Homilies (Practicum)

1

 

   

Total Credit Hours for Diaconate: 24

   
       
       

 

Graduate Course of Studies for the Sacred Order of Priest.

1. Sacred Scripture

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

SS305m

Letters of Paul

3

The Book of Revelations
2

SS310m

The Gospels (focus on Christ of the Gospels)

2

2. Theology

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

DT318m

Mass & the Sacraments

3

DT315

Mariology

1

MT323

Moral Theology: Modern Issues

4


3. The Priest as Sacramental Minister

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

LI363

Liturgy for Priests (Practicum)

3

4. The Priest as Homilist

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

HO354

Homiletics: Composition & Delivery (Practicum)

2

5. The Priest as Spiritual Advisor

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

SD381

Pastoral Counseling

2

6. The Deacon and Priest as Pastor

Course#
Course Title
Credit
Hour

AD390m

Congregation Establishment & Administration

2

 
   

Total Credit Hours for Priesthood: 24

   
       
       

 

 
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Administration

administration@VilatteTheologicalSeminary.org

Admissions
Contact with Questions and for an Application.

admissions@VilatteTheologicalSeminary.org

Registrar
Contact for Records and Transcripts

registrar@VilatteTheologicalSeminary.org

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