The Catholic Information Center has been chosen as a pilot institution for the University of Dallas Catholic Faith & Culture Program. 

This program seeks to enrich the lives of Catholics by providing an intellectual formation that encompasses a breadth and depth of human culture. It explores the history, traditions and works that have shaped the Catholic inheritance, resulting in a deeply Christian portrait of the human person.

Through dialogue and a common engagement in higher-level study made accessible, the program fosters the growth of local Catholic communities and prepares their members for more thoughtful and effective participation in family, church and culture.

Once a week at the CIC participants will engage in a study of our faith that extends across the Liberal Arts–philosophy, literature, fine arts, even political science.

The best UD professors and an onsite facilitator will guide you through important concepts and texts.  Through this participation in Catholic higher education made accessible, you will think more profoundly about the Catholic faith and discuss these ideas with other members of the D.C. community.

Classes will be held on the below dates from 6:00pm-8:30pm and will include dinner.

Monday, September 17, 24

Monday, October 1, 15, 22, 29

Monday, November 5, 19, 26

Monday, December 3

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FAQ: Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture

Please reach out to Rosemary at rosemary.eldridge@cicdc.org.

Yes. This course costs $400 dollars and includes registration and licensing fees, dinners, and materials for all ten sessions.

Missing up to three sessions is permissible, and individual circumstances may make this necessary.  Unfortunately, individual participants cannot make up missed sessions privately (though they are encouraged to discuss the material with those who did attend the session). One of the primary goals of the program is to foster community.  Just as students at the University of Dallas study the same core curriculum and have discussions on history, theology, or literature outside the classroom–while walking across campus, over lunch in the cafeteria, and over a beer on Friday night–we hope the participants in this program will have similar experiences of the power of ideas and dialogue to create bonds of communion and friendship.

While college credit is not granted for each course, the CIC can–based on attendance–grant to participants a Certificate of Completion for each course as well as a Certification in Catholic Faith & Culture upon the completion of all four program courses.

General registration opens on August 10th. Participants can register for the course by clicking the “Registration” button that will be posted on this page.

No.

Applicants must be 21 or older.

Space is limited, so please register ASAP. Registration is first come first served.

Course 1. The Person: Life and Community will be offered this fall and next spring.

Each session will run from 6:00pm-8:30pm.

There is no required homework.  We encourage participants to enter into discussions both within and beyond the session meetings.  We also encourage them to take up the recommended readings.

Applicants must be 21 or older to participate and are required to submit a paragraph detailing why they want to participate in this program.

To see a full list of involved professors please click here.

Emma Boyle will be the facilitator for this fall’s program. She is the Director of Mission and the New Evangelization at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in the Diocese of Arlington.  She has been working there with the Nashville Dominicans since 2010, having served both as a teacher (of English and History) and the Social Studies Department Chair.  She is able to share her love of travel and the universal Church with her students, having led several pilgrimages through western Europe.  A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Emma is a graduate of Christendom College. She is also a 2013 Leonine Fellow.

6:00pm-Dinner

6:30pm-Video presentation

7:00pm-Discussion led by Facilitator 

7:30pm-Video presentation

8:00pm-Discussion led by Facilitator

Please email Rosemary at rosemary.eldridge@cicdc.org.

All course content is handled directly by the Facilitator.  Since meeting and discussing as a community is central to the program, only the Facilitator has access to the course videos in order to show them to the group.  The Facilitator is also responsible for distributing the discussion questions, text excerpts, and recommended reading lists.

University professors are the presenters in this program; thus, the content is geared toward college-level participants. However, as the professors prepared and as each session was compiled, we kept in mind that our audience would not necessarily have a college background. Through this program we are striving to make Catholic higher-education accessible.  Participants are invited to engage with the material at the level of their choosing.  Some are simply seeking an exposure to new ideas in the Catholic tradition, while others would like a deeper formation and so will read the recommended readings and perhaps even take notes and write extensive reflections on the material.


Course Descriptions:

Course I    (10 Weeks)  Available Fall 2018

THE PERSON: LIFE & COMMUNITY

An Introduction to Philosophical & Theological Anthropology and Catholic Social Teaching

Among the most distinctive and essential of the Church’s doctrines are those concerning the dignity and vocation of the human person.  Made for life with God and with one another, for communion and friendship, we bring the Gospel to bear on every aspect of human life: marriage, family, society, government, and the economy.  By doing so, we humanize the whole of culture, allowing our lives and our work to reflect transcendent realities such as love, goodness, and beauty.

Course II    (10 Weeks)   Available Fall 2019
THE PERSON: TRADITION & HISTORY

The Catholic Heritage of History, Tradition, and Doctrine; the Catholic Influence on Culture

The Catholic Church has ancient historical and spiritual roots, beginning with Judaism, whose tradition of wisdom, prayer, doctrine, and worship has profoundly shaped our own.

With the Incarnation, the whole of human history was changed irrevocably. The Fathers of the Church guide us through the beginnings of understanding this mystery.  The Medievals and the Moderns each contribute to and further this understanding according to the needs and circumstances of their times.  What unfolds is a unity and truth both profound and compelling.

Course III    (10 Weeks)   Available Fall 2020
THE PERSON: ACTION & INFLUENCE

The Catholic Moral Tradition: Freedom, Conscience, Virtue, Sin, and Grace

Human freedom is perhaps the greatest gift of God to the human person, but its full and proper use is also the greatest challenge.  St. Paul urges us to follow along “the more excellent way.”  The Catholic moral tradition traces the various aspects of grace and free will: What is the nature and purpose of conscience?  How do we cooperate with grace to leave sin behind?  How does the life of virtue grow and develop?  How are happiness and joy already given to us as gifts along the way?

Course IV     (10 Weeks)   Available Fall 2021
THE PERSON: MYSTERY & TRANSCENDENCE

The Liturgy & the Sacraments, the Catholic Contemplative Tradition, Sacred Art and Architecture

“You have shown Yourself to me–Christ–face to face. I meet You in the Sacraments” (St. Ambrose).  The very presence and work of Christ Himself remain on earth through the sacramental economy, while the riches of the Church’s liturgies assist us in entering into these divine mysteries. Course IV also turns to the saints and Doctors of the Church, including those who tell us of growth in the life of prayer–the passage through the purgative, illuminative, and unitive ways.  Still more, the transcendent mystery of the Church has been expressed throughout the centuries in the art and architecture inspired by the majesty of God.

To learn more about the program, faculty, and University of Dallas please click here.