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Seminary News & Events

Seminary Class

Hello All:

We are excited to begin a new CCO Seminary school year. We believe the Lord is going to move in your lives and prepare you to become the ministers and sacristans that will spread the message of hope; the message of Christ’s love throughout a hurting world. Our first class was held on October 8, 2009. At that class, we had a lively and energetic discussion regarding Genesis 12-25, and particularly, Abraham’s calling and the covenant God made with him. We discussed themes such as forgiveness, mercy, sacrifice, obedience and hope with regard to Abraham, his son Issac, and his son Ishmael.

The assignment for the week is to compare and contrast the character traits of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and to discuss whether God had a different or similar plan for each of them.

Class is next scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 2009.

God Bless,

Fr. Matt Scanlon

Seminary Class

We will have class this Thursday, March 19, 2009 @ 7:30 P.M. at 329 E. 10th Avenue. We will be continuing our study of the Gospels this week. We will resume posting material on this site weekly and you should all check for news, teachings and other general information regarding the Seminary.


Fr. Matt

This is the link to the Seminary page with the Seminary forms. The password for the protected PDF’s is: student

Seminary Class for Thursday, November 20th

Please be advised that class is canceled for tomorrow due to the Christ the King weekend activities.

Fr. Matt

Seminary Teaching 5

CCO Seminary

Teaching 5



The Assumptions of Qualitative Designs

·      Qualitative researchers are concerned primarily with process, rather than outcomes or products.

·      Qualitative researchers are interested in meaning – how people make sense of their lives, experiences, and their structures of the world.

·      The qualitative researcher is the primary instrument for data collection and analysis. Data are mediated through this human instrument, rather than through inventories, questionnaires, or machines.

·      Qualitative research involves fieldwork. The researcher physically goes to the people, setting, site, or institution to observe or record behavior in its natural setting.

·      Qualitative research is descriptive in that the researcher is interested in process, meaning, and understanding gained through words or pictures.

·      The process of qualitative research is inductive in that the researcher builds abstractions, concepts, hypotheses, and theories from details.

  • …..Merriam, S. B. (1988). Case study research in education: A qualitative approach. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • …..Creswell, J. W. (1994). Research design: Qualitative & quantitative approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Arguments Supporting Qualitative Inquiry

·      Human behavior is significantly influenced by the setting in which it occurs; thus one must study that behavior in situations. The physical setting – e.g., schedules, space, pay, and rewards­and the internalized notions of norms, traditions, roles, and values are crucial contextual variables. Research must be conducted in the setting where all the contextual variables are operating.

·      Past researchers have not been able to derive meaning…from experimental research.

·      The research techniques themselves, in experimental research, [can]…affect the findings. The lab, the questionnaire, and so on, [can]…become artifacts. Subjects [can become]…either suspicious and wary, or they [can become]…aware of what the researchers want and try to please them. Additionally, subjects sometimes do not know their feelings, interactions, and behaviors, so they cannot articulate them to respond to a questionnaire.

·      One cannot understand human behavior without understanding the framework within which subjects interpret their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Researchers need to understand the framework. In fact, the “objective ” scientist, by coding and standardizing, may destroy valuable data while imposing her world on the subjects.

  • Field study research can explore the processes and meanings of events.


St. Augustine – “Sermon on the Mount”


Chapter III.


   10. There are in all, then, these eight sentences. For now in what remains He speaks in the way of direct address to those who were present, saying: “Blessed shall ye be when men shall revile you and persecute you.” But the former sentences He addressed in a general way: for He did not say, Blessed are ye poor in spirit, for yours is the kingdom of heaven; but He says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven:” nor, Blessed are ye meek, for ye shall inherit the earth; but, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” And so the others up to the eighth sentence, where He says: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” After that He now begins to speak in the way of direct address to those present, although what has been said before referred also to His present audience; and that which follows, and which seems to be spoken specially to those present, refers also to those who were absent, or who would afterwards come into existence.


   For this reason the number of sentences before us is to be carefully considered. For the beatitudes begin with humility: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” i.e. those not puffed up, while the soul submits itself to divine authority, fearing lest after this life it go away to punishment, although perhaps in this life it might seem to itself to be happy. Then it (the soul) comes to the knowledge of the divine Scriptures, where it must show itself meek in its piety, lest it should venture to condemn that which seems absurd to the unlearned, and should itself be rendered unteachable by obstinate disputations. After that, it now begins to know in what entanglements of this world it is held by reason of carnal custom and sins: and so in this third stage, in which there is knowledge, the loss of the highest good is mourned over, because it sticks fast in what is lowest. Then, in the fourth stage there is labour, where vehement exertion is put forth, in order that the mind may wrench itself away from those things in which, by reason of their pestilential sweetness, it is entangled: here therefore righteousness is hungered and thirsted after, and fortitude is very necessary; because what is retained with delight is not abandoned without pain. Then, at the fifth stage, to those persevering in labour, counsel for getting rid of it is given; for unless each one is assisted by a superior, in no way is he fit in his own case to extricate himself from so great entanglements of miseries. But it is a just counsel, that he who wishes to be assisted by a stronger should assist him who is weaker in that in which he himself is stronger: therefore “blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” At the sixth stage there is purity of heart, able from a good conscience of good works to contemplate that highest good, which can be discerned by the pure and tranquil intellect alone. Lastly is the seventh, wisdom itself–i.e. the contemplation of the truth, tranquillizing the whole man, and assuming the likeness of God, which is thus summed up: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” The eighth, as it were, returns to the starting-point, because it shows and commends what is complete and perfect: [30] therefore in the first and in the eighth the kingdom of heaven is named, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven;” and, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven:” as it is now said, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” [31] Seven in number, therefore, are the things which bring perfection: for the eighth brings into light and shows what is perfect, so that starting, as it were, from the beginning again, the others also are perfected by means of these stages.

Seminary Class

Seminary Class (Word Study) for this Thursday, November 6th is canceled. There will be new teachings posted this week and we will resume class next Thursday, November 13th. If you have any questions, please email me at

Trial Sermons Scheduled

Trial Sermons have been scheduled for two Word Study Students.  Justin Grubisha on Tuesday Oct. 21 7:30PM at the Community of the Crucified One 106 East 11th Ave. Homestead, PA .  &  Peter Spino on Tuesday Oct. 21 7:30PM  at the Resurrection Community Church  12730 Elm Park Lane Poway, CA 92064. Please come out and support both of these Seminarians.

Seminary Weekend in Pittsburgh October 17-18

Seminary students will be following the schedule for the Seminar weekend.  All Seminarians will be meeting Saturday Afternoon after the Seminar.


Office: 9 AM

Teaching: 930 - 1030 AM

Teaching: 11 AM-12 PM

Lunch: 12 PM

Mass: 130 PM

Elder’s Dinner: 4 PM

Sacradotal Mentors

Pittsburgh Sacradotal Students will be receiving mentor assignments and will be contacted by their mentors this week.

Seminary Mentor Assignments

All registered students will be receiving notification of your individual mentor assignments for the current school year within a few days from this posting. Pittsburgh Level 1 Sacradotal Students will begin meeting with Sr. Joanna this coming week. Reminder For Word Study students - turn in completed summaries and sermon sheets to your assigned mentor. Completed memory verses should be turned in or mailed to Fr. James Garbelotti - CCO 106 East 11th Ave Homestead, PA 15120.  God Bless!

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