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Office for Catechesis

Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation

VLCFF 20 Years

The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) is a program of the Institue for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton. The VLCFF offers online adult religious education and faith formation courses in support of the Church's catechetical ministry. This means that you can deepen your faith at a time and place convenient to you via the internet.

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois partners with the VLCFF to extend these opportunities to all the faithful in our diocese at half price. Course topics include:

  • Catechesis
  • Catholic Doctrine
  • Church History
  • Communication
  • Ecclesiology
  • Liturgy, Sacraments, Prayer
  • Marianist Studies
  • Morality
  • Scripture
  • Social Justice
  • World Religions

Courses may be taken for undergraduate credit (for an additional fee) and some courses qualify for credit in our diocesan Catechist Formation Process.  Information on receiving a Certificate in Catechesis can be found here. Session fees are $50 per 5-week course or $40 per 3-week seminar.   

Online Courses offered through the VLCFF Program: University of Dayton   vlcff.udayton.edu/

More information about VLCFF can be viewed in this YouTube video

You can also connect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VLCFF/

 VLCFF and the Diocesan Catechist Formation Process

For more information, visit the VLCFF web site or contact the Office for Catechesis.