A VLCFF Success Story

Diocese of Karonga, Malawi

Benedict Nyondo of Malawi has completed 14 VLCFF online courses to grow in faith and to help others grow in their faith.

"It was my first time learning online," Nyondo said. "This marked a change in my life, made me competent and my faith strengthened with fellow learners across the world."

In July 2022, Nyondo will be ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Karonga.

Read more... How the VLCFF Ignited a Faith Journey

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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 realize the skills I use in each VLCFF online class transfer to my own professional development.

"For me, there's always something new to discover in each e-course."


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