Free Online Course: Pillars of Catholicism

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John Paul the Great Catholic University is going to be presenting a free online course called “Pillars of Catholicism” this fall. I received a flyer via email and if you click on the image it will enlarge for you to read. If you’re on Facebook they also have a page that you can “like” and receive updates in your Facebook feed. I am also including an image from them that displays the 13 subjects that will be covered, beginning with Jesus:

  1. Jesus – Apostolic Succession
  2. Natural Philosophy
  3. Proof for God’s Existence
  4. Philosophical Anthropology
  5. Creation – Redemption
  6. Revelation
  7. Trinity
  8. Church – Family of God – Mystical
  9. Sacraments – Marriage
  10. Eucharist
  11. Moral Issues
  12. Sins – Confession
  13. Prayer

This is not an endorsement, obviously, since I’ve not seen any of the course yet. It does look very good and is something I look forward to doing for 13 weeks going forward. Plus, it’s FREE!

According to their Facebook page, registration will open for this course on their website beginning next Monday, August 20. I don’t know how long the registration window is, but on Facebook they say that the videos will be released on Mondays, perhaps as early as August 20th itself.

Their website is here: www.pillarsofcatholicism.com

In the free course, you will:

  • Watch 13 half-hour videos
  • Learn how to read and study the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Access in-depth notes and study guides for each lecture
  • Test your learning and on-line quizzes

What attracts me to this course is the use of the Catechism. I honestly do not think that Catholics realize what a treasure they possess in that book, second to Holy Scripture of course. To this post I wish to add a link to a handy PDF that I’ve used in years past to read the bible and the Catechism during the course of a year. It’s challenging, but very doable. You can download the PDF of that reading guide here. Blogger Carlos Torres has converted that plan into an Excel spreadsheet for use as well. It is available on his blog.

Below the video on their webpage is this text:

We, the students of JP Catholic, would like to wish you a warm welcome to Pillars of Catholicism.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Benedict XVI has declared 2012 “The Year of Faith.” In particular, the Holy Father is calling upon all Catholics to confront what he identifies as one of the most difficult challenges the Church faces today: “religious illiteracy.” That is, a lack of understanding about what Christians really believe.

To address this problem, Pope Benedict has called upon Catholics to spend the year studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the official compendium of all Catholic teaching. Pillars of Catholicism is our response to the Holy Father’s challenge.

Pillars of Catholicism was created entirely by us students, with the oversight of our beloved professors (You can tell how much we love them!). We designed the videos, study guides, quizzes, and website to be fun and engaging, because we know just how helpful the delivery is to learning. Our professors provided guidance and oversight, so you can be sure everything is orthodox. We hope this program will offer a taste of the incredible skills we learn here at John Paul the Great Catholic University.

It is our wish that this course will not be a purely academic affair, but that it will also lead to a deeper encounter with Christ.

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5 thoughts on “Free Online Course: Pillars of Catholicism

  1. Okay. I had to ask my sister about this before I said anything. She’s getting her Master’s at John Paul the Great University. I was surprised that you knew about this before me. How did you find out? Is there something I need to be checking? They must be doing a good job getting the word out.

    • I signed up for the email list a few years ago when our oldest started high school. Last week’s email contained info and then I checked them out on Facebook. It looks to be pretty interesting. Kudos to your sister, I’ve flirted with the idea of getting my Masters in Theology for a few years now but the timing just isn’t right. Maybe someday. Thanks for reading, L. :)

      • That makes sense. I just get emails from her, not her school. She is loving it! It is a really great school.A Master in Theology, huh? Hers will be in Production. I wanted to do Theology, too, but that’s not going to work. I also wanted to get a Masters in English, but the school is too far away. I am going to attempt a Masters in Education starting at the end of this month. It’s going to be tough, though. I am back and forth about it. I think part of that is that summer disappeared, and I am not ready to get back into school schedules. God bless.

  2. LESSON ONE WAS GREAT. Q: How often will the lessons be presented. every week, or can you take them all at once. how about homework, quizes and those other things mentioned, how do you access them? Please advise.

    • I got to watch it late this afternoon as well Manuel and thought it was great also! From what I’ve seen reported on their Facebook page they’ve had some unexpected technical difficulties. They recommended first of all using Google Chrome or Firefox as a browser to access their site and watch the videos as people were reporting issues when using Explorer. Next, they said that the registration portion is not functioning yet but will be soon. Also tonight they posted that “study guides, lecture notes, and quizzes will be up next couple of days. Also Lecture 2 will be up on Monday, August 27.

      Hope that helps!

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