Cycle Two:
Try a 3-Week Seminar

As February ushers in the Lenten season, the VLCFF once again offers its 3-week e-Seminars. Tailored to fit into your busy life without sacrificing depth, these e-seminars cover a broad spectrum of topics including biblical studies, theology, catechetical methods, and social justice, all aimed at enriching both your personal faith and ministry work. With a shorter format than the usual 5-week courses, the VLCFF enables learners to dive deep into the Catholic faith, gain practical ministry skills, and connect with a global community of like-minded individuals, all while preparing for Easter in a truly impactful way.

The VLCFF distinguishes itself with expert instructors passionate about their subjects, interactive sessions that foster meaningful connections among participants, and a flexible online format that respects your schedule. This Lent, don't miss the chance to transform your faith journey with affordable, accessible courses. Enrollment is now open through February 28th, with classes starting on March 4th.

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Month of the Passion of Our Lord

In the quiet of February, our hearts turn inward, embracing the "Month of the Passion of Our Lord." This period serves as a bridge between the ordinary and the extraordinary, a stepping stone leading towards the solemnity of Lent. It's a time steeped in reflection, where the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ take center stage.

February’s contemplative atmosphere serves as a reminder of the hope that the Passion narrative brings to our lives—the promise of renewal and resurrection. It challenges us to embody the virtues of Christ in our actions and relationships, to carry our crosses with grace, and to act as beacons of Christ's love in the world. As we move through this month and into the Lenten season, let us embrace the spiritual depth and renewal it offers, drawing closer to the heart of our faith and the transformative power of the Easter mystery.

Featured e-Seminar:
Let This Be the Time: Spiritual Essentials for Life’s Second Act

Embarking on life's second act presents a unique opportunity to reflect, grow, and embrace the spiritual journey that lies ahead. Let This Be the Time: Spiritual Essentials for Life's Second Act is a 3-week e-seminar designed to guide individuals through this transformative phase. It offers a sanctuary for exploration and enlightenment, where participants can delve into the spiritual essentials that are pivotal during this significant period. By engaging with this course, learners are invited to discover deeper meanings, forge stronger connections with their faith, and navigate the challenges and opportunities of later life with grace and wisdom.

This course is not just an educational journey; it's a community of like-minded individuals coming together to support and inspire each other. Through interactive lessons, reflective exercises, and thoughtful discussions, participants will gain valuable insights to enrich their spiritual lives. Whether you're seeking to deepen your faith, find new purpose, or simply explore the spiritual dimensions of aging, Let This Be the Time offers a compassionate, thoughtful pathway to spiritual fulfillment. Embrace this chance to transform your second act into a profoundly meaningful chapter of your life.

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Featured e-Seminar:
Ecclesiology: A Theological, Historical and Pastoral Summary

If you've ever been curious about ecclesiology, the study of the Church, this 3-week e-seminar is a perfect starting point. Ecclesiology: A Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Summary, offers a basic exploration of the Church from multiple perspectives, providing a solid foundation in understanding its theological roots, historical development, and pastoral applications. Whether you're seeking to deepen your faith, enhance your knowledge for ministry, or simply explore the Church's role in the world today, this e-seminar is designed to help your journey. Through readings, discussions, and exercises, you'll gain insights into the essence of the Church, its guiding principles, and how it continues to influence and inspire believers across the globe.

We invite you to join a community of learners and believers as we embark on this journey together. As with all of our 3-week seminars, this class is structured to accommodate your busy schedule, ensuring a meaningful learning experience without overwhelming your commitments. Explore the depth and breadth of the Church's identity, mission, and impact on the world. Register today and be a part of this transformative experience.

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VLCFF Classes in Arabic!

For several years, the VLCFF had successfully piloted Catholic faith courses in the Arabic language. Recognizing the growing demand and the program's remarkable impact, the VLCFF has now expanded its Arabic course offerings to include a comprehensive range of 12 e-courses, catering to learners of all levels.

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

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!

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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."

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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!"

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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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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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