Archdiocese of Washington Launches Online, Multi-Media Course on the Faith

Living Catholic

October 01, 2012

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29) That question is central to the Catholic faith. How will Catholics share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others?

Responding to questions from the faithful in the archdiocese and beyond about the desire to learn more about the Catholic faith and how to live it out in an increasingly secular culture, the Archdiocese of Washington designed a unique online learning experience. The four to six week course, which is available in English and Spanish and is being used around the nation, is intended to help Catholics deepen their faith, renew their confidence in its truth and share the beauty of this truth with others. The course offers the option of having all the text spoken to the user, and all of the spoken material written, making the course fully accessible to all users.

The Living Catholic course is a learning experience for anyone interested in learning more about what Catholics believe, what it means to live as a Catholic today, and how to be a joyful part of the New Evangelization. The course, designed primarily for parish usage, consists of a mix of online learning and shared community interactions through unique lessons that are easy to comprehend, and provides an engaging experience, but is also easier to fit into one’s busy schedule. The course teaches the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: the faith we profess (the Creed), the way we worship (the sacraments), the way we live (Christian morality), and the way we relate to God (prayer). The online learning experience draws participants closer to Jesus Christ using videos, text, discussions, prayers, and activities. Living Catholic aims to bring about in participants, “such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others” (USCCB, Go and Make Disciples). A fully online individual user version is also available.

“We are called to deepen our own appreciation of our faith, renew our confidence in its truth, and be prepared to share it with others,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington.

Many parishes are planning for the Living Catholic course at this time, and the online lessons go live on October 1, 2012, in conjunction with the “Year of Faith.” With his apostolic letter, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a “Year of Faith” will begin on October 11, 2012 and will conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012 was chosen because it is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The conclusion date is the Feast of Christ the King. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith. The Living Catholic course in conjunction with the Year of Faith will be an opportunity for every Catholic to grow in their knowledge of the faith in the context of the call of the New Evangelization.

For more information, please visit the Archdiocese of Washington website and click the Living Catholic icon.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics living in Washington, DC and five Maryland Counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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