Learn Any Place, Any Time!

Cycle 5 registration is now open! And summer is the perfect time to tackle those courses you've been eyeing all year. Enjoy the flexibility of learning from any place, at any time. Even if you're on vacation, our online platform is here to support you on your faith journey. With over 60 courses available in English, Spanish, and Arabic, there is something for everyone.

Whether you're a catechist, deacon, church leader, or just looking to deepen your faith, our course line-up will keep you engaged. Also, if you're in a VLCFF certificate program, check the course calendar to ensure you don't miss any required classes.

Start your summer right by joining our vibrant learning community. Bring your laptop to the beach or study from the comfort of your home – the choice is yours. Registration closes on July 10, and classes start on July 15. Sign up today and continue your faith formation journey with us!
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Personalized Learning:
Small Class = Big Impact!

At the VLCFF, our small class sizes are designed to provide a personalized and enriching learning experience. With a maximum of 15 students per class, each participant receives individualized attention and support from experienced instructors (facilitators). This intimate setting fosters meaningful interactions, allowing students to engage deeply with course materials and with each other. Facilitators can also tailor their feedback to address specific topics, helping students to grasp complex concepts and apply them effectively in their faith formation journey.

Additionally, the close-knit environment encourages the formation of strong connections and a sense of community among learners. These relationships can provide ongoing support and inspiration, enhancing both personal and spiritual growth. Choose the VLCFF for a spiritual education that promotes collaborative learning and values individual voices.




Military Spiritual Mentoring

The VLCFF is thrilled to announce the success of a groundbreaking program for members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The brainchild of Colonel Suzy Streeter, retired (Air Force), this program aims to guide military personnel to serve as spiritual mentors to their peers, blending the VLCFF's online platform with in-person classes for a comprehensive hybrid experience.

Although Suzy started the process in 2021, she pitched her idea to Sister Angela Zukowski in June 2023, envisioning a program that would eventually span all six US military branches, starting with the Air Force. The VLCFF team created a course tailored to meet the unique needs of military personnel, which became a central component of Suzy's practicum project for her master's degree in theology at the University of Dayton. We are proud to share that Suzy earned her degree in May.

The VLCFF portion of the pilot program, during October and November 2023, received positive feedback from participants, demonstrating the program's effectiveness and potential for expansion. Archbishop Broglio from the AMS is considering a year-long pilot for 2025. We look forward to building on this success and continuing to support the spiritual growth of US military personnel, worldwide.




Earn a Certificate in Social Justice

Do social justice issues resonate with you? The VLCFF's Certificate in Social Justice can equip you to become a powerful advocate for change. This comprehensive program delves into Catholic Social Teaching, exploring themes like human dignity, the common good, and solidarity with the marginalized. Through engaging online courses, you'll understand critical social justice issues and their intersection with faith.

Designed for flexibility, this program suits busy professionals, dedicated volunteers, or those seeking personal growth. Tailor coursework to your schedule and integrate social justice principles into your work and life. You'll gain practical skills to analyze complex situations, develop effective communication strategies, and advocate for change within your community.

Investing in this program is an investment in a just world. Join a community of learners dedicated to making a difference. Explore the VLCFF's Certificate in Social Justice today and become an advocate for change.    Learn More…

Trinity TV Collaboration

Trinity TV, a Catholic cable TV station broadcasting from Trinidad & Tobago, has launched an inspiring new program called Leap of Faith. Leap of Faith is the brainchild of Trinity TV station manager Lisa Bhajan. Her goal was to create a panel discussion program tackling issues affecting the modern Catholic Church.

To bring this idea to life, Lisa reached out to the IPI/VLCFF due to her over 20 year association with us. The VLCFF's Sister Angela Ann Zukowski enthusiastically supported developing the concept into a show. A regular episode of the half- hour show is called Ethos, and features well-informed guests from the University of Dayton and the IPI/VLCFF community. Feedback has been tremendously positive and we know you will enjoy the program. Individual episodes will be showcased here on our website, so check back often!

Leap of Faith, Ethos


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Our Mission

The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) is a growing initiative to offer adult religious education and faith formation anytime and anywhere via the internet. The goal is to support the church's professional ministry of religious education and faith formation in cyberspace.

The VLCFF is coordinated and sponsored by the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives (IPI) at the University of Dayton - a Catholic Marianist Institution.

From Eric F. Spina, University of Dayton President:
"The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives is a pioneer in the e-learning field, delivering 24-7 remote classes to dioceses worldwide long before the pandemic prompted schools to go online and offer hybrid learning. With a successful model already in place, the VLCFF is poised to reach [even] more people with faith formation classes."

A Brief History of the VLCFF

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"I have completed many courses through University of Dayton VLCFF online. I keep thinking I am through but the classes you offer are so interesting and beneficial for my job and in my personal faith growth that I continue taking classes!"

Sybil, Virginia
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"I am eternally grateful to University of Dayton for treating me not as just a student, but as family. This was my first experience with online classes and I found myself struggling during a particular course since I was juggling studies, work, family and other activities. I felt swamped. I quickly fell behind and just as I was contemplating if I should quit, my facilitator taught me how to balance my assignments."

"So, every session has been awesome! Your facilitators take the time to give feedback on a personal level as well as reach out when assistance is needed."

Terrence, Trinidad & Tobago

University of Dayton Religious Studies

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Did you know The University of Dayton offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in Religious Studies?

As a Catholic Marianist university, the mission of the Department of Religious Studies is to discover, explore, and analyze religious experience in its various manifestations emphasizing the Roman Catholic tradition, in dialogue with the other Christian traditions and with the world religions.

For more information visit the Religious Studies website.

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The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation is a non-profit organization at the University of Dayton. Your tax deductible gift can help further our mission of religious education and faith formation.

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