When the Abbey community determined that it was necessary to close St. Michael’s Preparatory High School last year, the abbey leadership as well as parents began to consider an alternative way in which the Norbertines might continue their primary active apostolate, the education of young men. The Archangel Institute is our response to this pastoral need.

In September 2020, St. Michael’s Abbey will begin the Archangel Institute, i.e., a faith-formation program open to young men ages 14-18. For the sake of fostering authentic Catholic maturity among our youth, the Archangel Institute will offer weekly high school-level religion courses, monthly days of recollection, spiritual outreach to parents, and an annual father-and-son retreat. Additionally, the Institute will continue the Prep School’s long-time tradition of an annual pilgrimage to Rome for fathers and their sons.

The Archangel Institute will offer the following high school-level religion courses:

1.) Mystery of Christ: an introductory, in-depth catechism course
2.) Scripture Study
3.) Introduction to Philosophy
4.) Marriage and Family Morals, Apologetics

These courses, which for some years formed the core religion curriculum at St. Michael’s Prep, will be taught by Norbertines and offered on Monday evenings for the duration of one academic year: September 2020 – May 2021. It is hoped that the curriculum, which can either supplement or substitute for other religion courses, is recognized by various entities as fulfilling certain religion requirements.

In addition to classes, the Archangel Institute will provide days of recollection with a view toward the human formation of our young men. These days, designed for the students and their fathers, will occur once per month either on a Saturday or Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The day will typically include class, a lecture, lunch, a sport activity, adoration, and confession.

The Archangel Institute will also offer an annual father-and-son retreat for the purpose of building up the foundational relationship between a father and his son—a relationship so often lacking in today’s society. The weekend program will begin on Friday evening and continue until Sunday morning.

St. Michael’s Abbey
Archangel Institute Course Information:

Mystery of Christ

Course Outline

Students will encounter the four pillars of the Catholic Faith as indicated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Creed, Sacraments, Prayer, and the Ten Commandments.  Lectures will be geared toward the fuller integration of these four dimensions into daily life. Special emphasis will be placed on fostering true Christian maturity in the context of a vibrant Liturgical life.

This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

 

 

BOOK LIST:

Essential Texts:

  • My Catholic Faith – Louis LaRavoire, S.T.D

Supplementary Texts:

  • Catechism of the Catholic Church – Catholic Church
  • Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma – Ludwig Ott
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Course Outline

After treatment of certain principles necessary for the study of Sacred Scripture, the course will present an overview of how God worked through His chosen people. With this background, students will be exposed to the Scriptural teaching about the Person and Mission of Christ. Finally, there will be an overview of the Early Church and the working of the Holy Spirit within Her.

This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

 

BOOK LIST:

Essential Texts:

  • The Holy Bible (RSV) – Ignatius Press

Supplementary Texts:

  • Beginning Apologetics 7 – How To Read the Bible-Fr. Frank Chacon
  • A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament – Brant Pitre and John Bergsma
  • Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament – Curtis Mitch and Scott Hahn
  • Catholic Bible Dictionary – Scott Hahn
Intro to Philosophy

Course Outline

Students will be introduced to the elements of philosophy: logic, natural philosophy, the study of the soul, and ethics.

This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

 

TEXTS:

Handbooks to be provided by the teacher

  • The Formation of the Catholic Mind – Dr. Ronald P. McArthur
  • The Categories – Aristotle
  • On Interpretation – Aristotle
  • Aristotle On Interpretation: Commentary by St. Thomas Aquinas and Cajetan – translated by Jean Oesterle
  • Posterior Analytics – Aristotle
  • Proemium to the Commentary on the Posterior Analytics – St. Thomas Aquinas

Physics – Aristotle

  • Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • On the Principles of Nature – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Summa Theologica Ia IIae Q 1 Art 2 – 3 – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • The Hollow Universe: The Lifeless World of Biology – Charles DeKoninck

De Anima – Aristotle

  • Commentary on Aristotle’s De Anima – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Summa Theologica Ia Q 75 Art 1 – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Summa Theologica Ia Q 78 Art 4 – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Summa Theologica Ia Q 75 Art 3 – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • The Viability of Aristotelian – Thomistic Color Realism-Christopher A Decaen
  • A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas – Ralph McInerny
  • Disputed Question on the Soul – Article 14 – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Subjectivism and the Internal Principles of Knowing – Michael A Augros

Nichomachean Ethics – Aristotle

  • Commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Summa Theologica Ia IIae Q 2 Art 1-3 – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • The Best Things in Life – Peter Kreeft
Marriage and Family

Course Outline

This course dedicated to marriage and family ethics consists of three main parts: marriage and family from the perspective of natural reason; marriage and family in the light of revelation; and practical advice about marriage and families based upon the conclusions reached.

Marriage and Family Morals is a ½ year, ½ credit course

BOOK LIST:

Essential Texts:

  • Understanding Marriage and Family – Fr. Sebastian Walshe, O. Praem.
  • Beginning Apologetics 5-How to Answer Tough Moral Questions – Fr. Frank Chacon

Supplementary Texts:

  • Catholic Evidence Training Outlines: A classic Guide to Understanding & Explaining the Truths of the Catholic Church – Frank Sheed and Masie Ward
  • Handbook of Christian Apologetics – Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli
  • Familiaris Consortio – St. Pope John Paul II
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Course Outline

Students will review Catholic principles as a response to contemporary ethical issues. Particular attention will be directed toward issues such as abortion, contraception, euthanasia, in-vitro fertilization, and human cloning. Emphasis will be given to the biblical perspective necessary for students to make a well-reasoned response to the classic objections against the faith. Particular attention will be given to the Eucharist, the Canon of the Bible, The Bible Alone, Apostolic Authority, Marian Doctrines, Confession, Prayer to the Saints, Purgatory, Tradition, Doctrinal Development, Priestly Celibacy, Different Denominations, and Christ’s One True Church.

This is a 1/2 year, 1/2 credit course.

 

BOOK LIST:

Essential Texts:

  • Beginning Apologetics (Complete Set) – Fr. Frank Chacon
  • The Holy Bible (RSV) – Ignatius Press
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church – The Catholic Church

 

Supplementary Texts:

  • The Faith of the Early Fathers – William A Jurgens
  • Catholic Evidence Training Outlines: A classic Guide to Understanding & Explaining the Truths of the Catholic Church – Frank Sheed and Masie Ward
  • Handbook of Christian Apologetics – Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli