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Catechetical Tradition Courses

Our Catechist Training Courses focus on content and teaching methods. This page lists the courses we offer on for home educators. As Catholic Education is all education through the lens of Catholicism, this section will eventually have courses that are not strictly catechetical.

AFF101: The Pedagogy of God: Eden to Eden

Instructor: Rev. Sebastian Carnazzon, Ph.D.

This course presents God's Revelation in the great Scripture adventure: from Eden to Eden.  Understanding the "Big Picture" of our Faith, allows us to imitate God's method in His Revelation.

Classes include: Days 1-3 of Creation Account 1, Days 4-6 of Creation Account 1, Day 7 of Creation Account 1, The Garden: CreationThe Garden: The Fall, The Flood, The Red Sea, The Ark of the Covenant, The Promised Land, The New Covenant

AFF100: An Introduction to the Bible

Instructor: Sal Ciresi, M.A.

An Introduction to the Bible presents the fundamentals needed to read and study the Sacred Scriptures with "the mind" of the Catholic Church. This course will be a basic, yet rich and substantial, examination of God's Word. Highly recommended for those beginning their study of the Bible, as well as Adult Faith Formation Leaders or Bible Study leaders/participants.

Classes include: Becoming Familiar with the Bible: the Crucial First Steps, Tools for Learning Scripture: A Review of the Study Resources, Biblical Inspiration: The Foundational Doctrine, Biblical Inerrancy: The Church's Reasonable Explanation, The Canon of Scripture: The Collection of Divine Books, Interpreting the Bible: Essential Catholic Guidelines, The Bible in the Church: The Relation of Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium, An Overview of Salvation History: God Speaks to Us, Biblical Geography: A Look at the Holy Land, God's Word and the Interior Life: Praying with the Scriptures

CAT202: Teaching the Faith: Part 1 (Apostles to Apologists)

Instructor: Colette Lienhard, M.A.
Referencing the writings of Scripture and Church Fathers, this course studies how the Church taught, and the importance of its teaching from the Old and New Testament tradition through the early Apologists. 

Classes include: Catechesis in Scripture - The Old Testament, Catechesis in Scripture - The New Testament, The Didache, The Heresy of Gnosticism, The Canon of Scriptures, The Apostolic Fathers, The Apologists (Part 1): Justin Martyr, The Apologists (Part 2): Irenaeus, Tertullian & Origen, The Apologists (Part 3): Hippolytus, Classroom Applications

CAT203: Teaching the Faith: Part 2 (The Great Catechists)

Instructor: Colette Lienhard, M.A.

Referencing the writings of various Church Fathers, this course studies how the Church taught, and the importance of protecting its teaching from the Gnostics and Arians through the writings of the Great Catechists.


Classes include: The Heresy of Arianism, Foes of Arianism, The Great Catechists (Part 1): John Chrysostom and Vincent of Lerins, The Great Catechists (Part 2): Augustine of Hippo, The Catechumenate of Old, The Catechumenate Today, The First Seven Ecumenical Councils, The Middle Ages, St. Thomas Aquinas, Classroom Applications

CAT204: Teaching the Faith: Part 3 (Reformation to Present)

Instructor: Colette Lienhard, M.A.
Using catechetical documents, this course addresses how the Church teaches as well as pastoral challenges for teaching the faith from the time of the Reformation to the present day.


Classes include: The Reformation, Catechesis and Catechisms, The Council of Trent, The Catechism of the Council of Trent (The Roman Catechism), Modern Catechetical Trends (Part 1), Modern Catechetical Trends (Part 2), The Catechism of the Catholic Church, The General Directory for Catechesis, Modern Catechetical Movements, Classroom Applications