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.

Our mission is to mobilize the resources of the University of Dayton for partnerships with the Church that create and implement innovative pastoral initiatives designed to meet the needs of the Church and to articulate faith within the context of contemporary culture.





Special Needs Faith Formation

"The University of Dayton's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives is presenting a new online Special Needs Faith Formation Certificate Program that should be a blessing for those preparing to participate in the important work of ministry with persons with disabilities. It is so important that the Church has well-formed catechists ready to support persons with unique and varied learning differences. Working to introduce the Gospel of Jesus Christ to persons with special needs and their families provides everyone a fresh opportunity to encounter him in new and meaningful ways. By discerning a person's unique learning style and strength, it is possible to model a practice of Christian accompaniment that is at the very heart of the New Evangelization.

"The University of Dayton's new VLCFF Certificate allows persons with special needs not only to receive the Gospel but to share that Good News with others through becoming witnesses to Christ and his Church. This extraordinary work from the University of Dayton is a most welcome gift to everyone working in this field."

+His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl
  Archbishop of Washington DC


We are grateful for Cardinal Wuerl's comments. The following links provide more information about our Special Needs track.


University of Dayton Students on Vatican Radio



    This May, our VLCFF director, Sr. Angela Zukowski, escorted 15 students from her Chaminade Scholars class on a pilgrimage to Italy. The class visited Assisi, Rome, and Vatican City where they had the opportunity to be interviewed by Christopher Wells of Vatican Radio. Click the link below to hear the 8 minute broadcast.

An Overview of the VLCFF

Getting Started with the VLCFF

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 faifh formation.

Please click on the button to make a donation. Any gift of any amount makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.


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