VLCFF In the News

  • Dayton Graduation caps 18 months of prayer, study in groundbreaking program
    Jul. 2018

    Five students who completed the University of Dayton’s intense, 18-month virtual learning program in adult faith formation came away with much more than a piece of paper when they graduated July 15 before fellow parishioners in Jackson’s St. Monica Church. . . . more

  • VLCFF Supports Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados Deacon Formation
    Sep. 2017

    Bishop Jason Gordon blessing  Deacon Stephen Foster ( in the background is Monsignor Vincent Blackett  (L) and Seminarian Moses Gikandi)The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgetown held its first ordination of Deacons in over two decades on Saturday 2nd September 2017. . . . more

  • Sr. Angela Ann: SIGNIS Caribbean Conference a Success
    Sep. 2016

    Posted Sept 13, 2016IPI / VLCFF director, Sr Angela Ann Zukowski has just returned from the annual SIGNIS Caribbean conference, held in Barbados this year. SIGNIS Caribbean, is an association of Caribbean, Catholic media practitioners and professionals, and is intended . . . more

    Feb. 2014

    DAYTON, Ohio "” An internationally respected film reviewer will receive an award from the University of Dayton for her work in using mass media to communicate Gospel values. The University's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives will award the Daniel J. Kane . . . more

  • VLCFF Scholarship Fund
    Feb. 2014

    Each year a number of scholarships are made available for individuals who may be experiencing a financial need for participating in a VLCFF course, or certificate program.   The scholarship primarily supports the course registration fee, not the coverage of . . . more

  • Year of Faith Article V: Great is Your Faith!Rahab commended for her faith. Joshua 2:1-24 (Heb. 11:31)
    Oct. 2013

    Now, when one is commended for their   faith, it means a whole lot more than merely having faith.   It means taking a risk and putting one's   faith into action and that is just what Rahab who supposedly . . . more

  • Year of Faith Article IV: Woman you have great faith. Your daughter is healed.
    Jun. 2013

      And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district (Tyre and Sidon)came and called out, "Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!My daughter is tormented by a demon."   But he did not saya word in answer to her.   . . . more

  • Year of Faith, Article III: Faith on the Hill. (The Two Criminals)
    May. 2013

      Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us."  The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to . . . more

  • Emmy-winning Filmmaker Receives Award from University of Dayton
    Mar. 2012

    Catholic News Service DAYTON, Ohio -- Martin Doblmeier, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker known for his profiles of powerful historical figures, will never forget spending "two glorious days with Mother Teresa." He said his time with the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, . . . more

    Feb. 2011

    DAYTON, Ohio "” A record-setting ice storm may have forced Chicago resident Joyce Donahue to stay home earlier this month, but it didn't keep her from attending an annual conference at the University of Dayton. Donahue and about two dozen others . . . more

  • E- Catechesis In the Diocese of Orange
    Sep. 2010

    Orange County Catholic August 2010   Anne Lanphar and her husband first signed up for online faith formation classes in response to Bishop Tod Brown's pastoral letter, "Learning, Loving and Living Your Faith,"ť which asked parishioners to commit to ongoing formation. But the . . . more

  • VLCFF works with CREDI to promote integral human development
    Jul. 2009

    Inter alia, the Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) and the Catholic Religious Education Development Institute (CREDI) are concerned to promote integral human development. Pope Benedict XVI states in his latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, Charity in Truth, that the . . . more

  • Special Announcement - April 2009 - The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives
    Apr. 2009

    The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives is pleased to announce that the position of Assistant Director – Specialist in Curriculum and Adult Faith Formation has been offered to Ramon Luzárraga, Ph.D. The appointment is effective July 1, 2009. The new position is . . . more

  • Atlanta Links to Dayton U's Online Faith Courses
    Feb. 2009

    Atlanta Links Into Dayton U's Online Faith Courses ANDREW NELSON, Staff Writer Published: February 12, 2009 ATLANTA"”The Archdiocese of Atlanta is offering adults a way to learn about their faith in the midst of life's hurried schedules. The archdiocese's Office of Religious Education, along . . . more

  • Archdiocese of Cincinnati Scores 1,000 Online Students
    Feb. 2009

    Press ReleaseJanuary 23, 2009Archdiocese of Cincinnati Scores 1,000 Online StudentsDuring last week's VLCFF (Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation) Diocesan Partners Convocation held at The University of Dayton, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was acknowledged as the second diocese among 40+ . . . more

  • Online courses deliver enrichment for catechists
    Oct. 2008

    Traditional parish efforts enhanced through web site BY ELIZABETH FOERSpecial to The Catholic AdvocateThe Catechetical Office of the Archdiocese of Newark has joined with the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) to offer online certification courses to catechists throughout . . . more

  • Cyber Connections: Spirtual Tools of the 21st Century
    Jan. 2008

              The Marianists are using the Internet to create new ways to communicate, establish community and forward their message.          For Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Founder of the Marianists, and Venerable Adéle de Trenquelléon, founder of the Marianist Sisters, geographical distance . . . more

  • Learn About the Faith -- Online
    Jan. 2008

    Diocese teams with Catholic university to offer classes about the faith             Diocesan religious educators have discussed and dreamed for years about designing and placing courses online so that folks unable to make it to the Spiritual Life Center would be . . . more

  • The Church in Cyberspace
    Oct. 2007

    The Church has been one of the last institutions to adapt to cyber culture and to take advantage of the far-reaching opportunities it presents.  Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D. Min., an internationally recognized leader in the field, says, "The . . . more

  • VLCFF: Affordable education, faith formation via Internet
    May. 2007

    "The program is excellent "¦ You get to discuss topics with class members from all over the world who come from [a variety of] backgrounds,"ť said Marge Byington, director of religious education, Our Lady of the Cove Parish, Kimberling City.  . . . more

  • Enrollment Increases in Office of Christian Formation's Internet Study
    Feb. 2005

    In 2001 the Diocese of Richmond became a "partner diocese" with both the University of Dayton and University of Notre Dame online theology programs. This arrangement allows individuals to take advantage of substantial tuition discounts offered by both universities, plus diocesan leaders can . . . more

  • Internet Classes Bring Faith to All
    Nov. 2004

    Walking from class to class, UD students often pass by the Immaculate Conception Chapel, maybe a Marianist brother, priest or sister, and Liberty Hall, which houses the campus ministry offices and the Center for Social Concern. Faith resources overflow on . . . more

  • Kaleidoscopic Catechesis: Media Literacy in Cyberspace (Part II)
    Sep. 2004

    Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski is the director of the University of Dayton's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives and the Virtual Learning Community of Faith Formation. Her commitment to media literacy is rooted in a continuum of significant catechetical involvements spanning nearly three decades, among . . . more

  • Media Literacy in Cyberspace (Part I)
    Sep. 2004

    Antonio David Sison is a Filipino theologian who works in the interdisciplinary area of Theology and Cinema. His doctoral research was on the confluence of Edward Schillebeeckx's Eschatology and Third Cinema. He is also a screenwriter and independent filmmaker. He . . . more

  • University of Dayton to Expand Popular Online Classes, Offer Religious Courses Over the Internet to Hispanics
    Feb. 2004

    DAYTON, Ohio – In an effort to minister to a soaring Hispanic population, the University of Dayton is exploring offering Spanish faith formation classes over the Internet, With a pilot program tentatively slated for early 2005. In partnership with 21 dioceses in 16 . . . more

  • Virtually Removing the Obstacles to Adult Religious Education
    May. 2003

    The world is being reshaped by technology. Not only are computers transforming the way we live and work, they enable many adults to pursue lifelong learning to keep pace with the rapidly changing workplace. Adults are responding to these changes . . . more

  • Online with the Universal Church
    Apr. 2003

    THE INTERNET IS BECOMING a valuable resource for people who want to learn more about the Catholic faith, and some Catholic colleges and universities have developed specific courses for Internet learning, complete with online interaction between students and teachers. The University of Dayton's Institute . . . more

  • Adult Education in Catholic Faith
    Jan. 2003

    (Dayton, OH) -- With busy lives and limited time, many Catholic adults put faith formation at the bottom of their to-do lists. But the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives has partnered with the University of Dayton to make courses in Catholic . . . more

  • The Founders of the Marianist Family: Their Lives and Times - An On-line Course
    Jul. 2002

    Imagine -- it's 10:30 p.m. on a Tuesday evening. You have read the assignment for the week. Now you are going to go to class to answer the instructor's questions and discuss key points from the readings with the other . . . more

  • Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences Online Faith Formation Project in Asia Planned
    Jun. 2002

    The online adult faith formation program, Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF), run by the University of Dayton in Ohio Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, will be open for Asian participants. This was resolved by a group of religious educators and communicators in . . . more

  • Faith Formation in the New Millennium
    May. 2002

    DAYTON - Have you heard about the Koinonia lay ministry classes being held around the Diocese? Is your own parish hosting them but you just do not have the time to attend? Are you a catechist with the desire to . . . more

  • Learning about Jesus online at any time
    Feb. 2002

    Many modern technological advances like television, the computer and the Internet can be used for good or evil. In themselves, they are neither moral or immoral. It is what human beings do with them that matters. Only human beings can . . . more

  • Forming Faith Online: Dioceses Partner with University of Dayton to Provide Internet Classes to Those Out of Reach
    Jul. 2001

    DAYTON, Ohio -- Whether it is a farming or business career that makes taking parish and diocesan classes impossible or a full family and work life that means mom has little time for herself, some people who want to further . . . more