University of Dayton's
Marian Forum Events

The University of Dayton is pleased to host its annual Marian Forum, bringing together the University community, global Marianist community, and the International Marian Research Institute to discuss topics related to Mary and Mariology.

This year's two-part forum focuses on "Blessed Virgin Mary and Healing" and will take place on Feb 9th and Feb 28th from 3:30-4:30 PM.

In Part 1, Liz Hutter will talk on "Reading, Writing and Seeing Health and Disability in Community at Lourdes Sanctuary." In Part 2, Darden Bradshaw will interview Mickey McGrath on "The Role of Art in Social Justice and Healing."

The events will take place in the university's Roesch library and also be streamed online. Visit the Marian Forum webpage for more information.

Cycle 2 Classes Forming Now!

The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) invites you to enroll in our online Catholic faith courses and explore your spiritual understanding. If you haven't already, consider registering for Cycle 2, where you can choose from a variety of 5-week courses, from Basic Catechesis, to Pastoral Care to Scripture and Justice, and many more.

Our unique e-course structure combines the guidance of instructor-led classes with the convenience of online delivery, offering a flexible and enriching learning experience. Whether you're already a part of the VLCFF or new to our community, this is an opportunity to further your knowledge and faith.

Registration is now open and simple to complete. Classes start on Feb 27, so you have until Feb 22 to register.

We'll see you online!

*Featured Course*
Permanent Deacons: Discerning a Call to Holy Orders

The Permanent Diaconate has seen significant growth since its reinstatement more than 50 years ago. Each bishop's conference has the authority to design its own pathway to ordination, but there are many common elements among them. If you're considering the Permanent Deaconate, this course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the permanent deacon in the Church, formation requirements, and the essentials of discerning a call to ministry.

Enroll today, and take the first step towards a fulfilling vocation as a Permanent Deacon.


*Featured Courses*

Ecclesiology, the study of the Christian Church, helps us get a better understanding of the Church and its role in our lives and in the world. For Cycle 2, we are presenting two of our three courses on Ecclesiology:
Be sure to register by Feb 22, for classes that start Feb 27.

Let this series expand your understanding of the history and structure of the Catholic church.

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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