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Office for Catechesis


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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.

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

More information about VLCFF can be viewed in this YouTube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk6Q9WevZ4c   

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

pdfVLCFF At-A-Glance Certificate Programs with Corresponding Courses
pdfCurrent course calendar with Diocesan Alignment 2019 
pdfCourse calendar with Diocesan Alignment 2020
pdfVLCFF Courses Descriptions and Alignment (updated July 2019)

University of Dayton - 2019 (live link)

Session fees are at a cost of $50 per course/$40 per seminar.   

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