Cycle 3, All Three Week Courses

This year our 3rd term (cycle 3) is devoted to 3-week courses only. If you've been pressed for time and unable to commit to our 5-week courses, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get into a shorter class. With courses lasting only 3 weeks, you can quickly gain new knowledge and insights that will help you deepen your understanding of Catholic doctrine and support your ministry.

Our wide variety of instructor-led courses are designed to be flexible, allowing you to learn at your own pace while still receiving personalized instruction. Plus, with our small class sizes, you'll receive more individualized attention than in a traditional classroom setting.

Registration opens on March 1 and closes on April 12, so be sure to sign up soon to secure your spot! Classes start on Monday April 17, giving you plenty of time to plan your schedule and ensure that you can fully commit to a course. With so many topics to choose from, we know you'll find something you like. Please join us for this enriching term!

*Featured 3-week Course*
Emotional Intelligence and its Impact on Faith Formation

Emotional intelligence (E.I.) is a hot topic and a crucial skill in today's world. E.I. focuses on helping individuals to navigate relationships, communicate effectively, and manage their emotions in a healthy way. In this course, you'll learn about the science of emotional intelligence and how it can impact your personal and professional life, as well as your faith formation.

Through engaging coursework and interactive discussions, you'll develop practical skills for managing your own emotions, building stronger relationships with others, and effectively communicating your thoughts and feelings. You'll also explore how emotional intelligence can deepen your faith and help you connect with others in your faith community.

Led by an experienced instructor and designed for maximum flexibility, this course is the perfect way to deepen your faith while also developing essential skills for success in all areas of life. Space is limited, so register now through April 12. Class starts Monday, April 17.


Women of UD 2023

To begin Women's History Month, the University of Dayton acknowledged the exceptional contributions of 15 women to the institution.

"Catalysts of our Community," is this year's theme for the annual event, which celebrates the efforts of faculty, staff, and students who have worked tirelessly, both in the foreground and behind the scenes, to enhance our community in a myriad of ways.

It fills us with pride that Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, who has played a pivotal role in the growth of our institution for more than two decades as the director of IPI and the VLCFF, was among those recognized. Although she may not relish the spotlight, we raise a toast to you, Sister Angela Ann! We appreciate everything you do!


VLCFF Classes in Arabic!

For several years, the VLCFF has been piloting Catholic faith courses in the Arabic language. This successful initiative has expanded to six e-courses!

To learn more please contact us for information on when and where to register.

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

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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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Support the VLCFF.

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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