— DENA Directional Statement on Evangelization
September 28 – October 30
REL 100: Understanding Catholic Christianity
Instructor: Rev. John Ludwig
The course examines the central doctrines of Christianity as expressed in the Nicene Creed. The meaning and implications of the four essential elements of Catholic Christian faith are explored. These include: the divinity of Jesus and thus God as Trinity; the resurrection of Jesus and our hope of an afterlife; conversion away from the values of the world toward the values of God’s kingdom; and membership and participation in the Christian community, the Church.
Text: Brian Singer-Towns, Janet Claussen, Clare van Brandwijk, The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Winona, MN: St. Mary’s Press, 2003, ISBN: 0884897591
REL 210: An Introduction to the Bible (Old & New Testaments)
Instructor: Gerry Schnell
A survey of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, this course offer students an overview of the bible and the variety of literary forms it contains. Issues such as the importance of context, the various translations, and the many ways scripture is used in the life of the Church are examined.
Text: Margaret Nutting Ralph, Scripture: Nourished by the Word, Chicago: Loyola University Press, 2001, ISBN: 0829417206
All courses are made available online to be completed according to your schedule. Classes are five (5) weeks consisting of two hours of reading and writing per week for a total of 10 course hours.
All 2020-2021 courses are being underwritten by the Office for Mission and Ministry. There is no cost per course.
Ongoing Professional Learning
Is there a particular course that you are interested in? You do not need to be enrolled in the certificate program to enjoy one of the FFLE courses. All courses can be taken on an individual basis.
Purpose and Structure of FFLE
The Faith Formation for Lasallian Educators (FFLE) program is designed to meet the growing need to provide Lasallian teachers with education about the fundamentals of Catholic belief, teaching, and culture, as well as other world religions.
Providing professional certification for Catholic school teachers and administrators, FFLE is an online curriculum grounded in four major components of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: creed, sacraments, morality and prayer.
Conveniently offered throughout the year, FFLE allows educators to participate anytime, anywhere, and provides the opportunity for teachers to advance their knowledge of Catholic faith and practice.
Courses are conducted as adult education and formation and are not intended to be master’s level theology courses. All present instructors are properly vetted, have attained a Master’s Degree in theology, and are recognized educators in their field of study. Experience has shown that their courses are engaging and they use the online platform to communicate quite effectively with their fellow educators.
Certification requires completing five courses within the first five years of hire, and two elective courses within the next three years. Courses can be taken in any sequence, but it is suggested that REL 100 Understanding Catholic Christianity is taken as the first course.
Each class involves approximately ten hours of study over the course of five weeks—including weekly reading, a virtual lecture and an online class discussion. All grades are Pass/Fail. Upon successful completion of the required courses a Certification of Completion will be issued by the District of Eastern North America.
Deacon Gregory Albanese
Greg is a Deacon in the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. He received his MA in Religious Studies for Providence College, RI, and is a graduate of the Lasallian Leadership Institute. Currently, he serves as chair of the Religion Department at La Salle Academy in Providence. Deacon Greg is a well-known retreat and conference presenter.
Maryann Donohue-Lynch, Program Director
Maryann received her MA in Theology from Saint John’s University, Queens, NY. She is a graduate of the Lasallian Leadership Institute, the Buttimer Institute for Lasallian Studies and the Lasallian International CIL Program of Studies in areas of vocation and spirituality. Maryann has presented at numerous Lasallian formation programs and taught as an adjust professor for Providence College SCE until 2010. Maryann currently serves as the Associate Executive Director for the Office for Mission and Ministry, District of Eastern North America and is the director of the FFLE program.
Rev. John Ludwig
Father John is a priest in the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa. He received his degrees in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium. Father John has been an adjunct professor for religious studies online learning for Providence College SCE for the last 15 years.
Gerry received his MA in Theology form Providence College. He has served as an adjunct professor for religious studies online learning at Providence College SCE and St. Leo’s University from 2000 to present. He was a faculty member of the religion department at La Salle Academy, Providence, Rhode Island from 1981-2011.
Ed Sirois, Program Coordinator
Ed received his MA in Religious Studies from Catholic University, Louvain, Belgium. He served as chair of the religion department of La Salle Academy, Providence, RI, from 1996 to 2016. Ed serves as an adjunct professor for religious studies online learning for Providence College SCE. Additionally, Ed has conducted numerous webinars in various areas of religious studies for the District of Eastern North America (DENA). Ed serves as the coordinator for the Religious Studies for Lasallian Educator online formation program.
Sarah Thomas Tracy
Sarah received her MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. She has a Certification of Arts and Practice in Spiritual Direction and has completed post-graduate work at the Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. Sarah was a member of the religious department at The Prout School in Wakefield, RI from 2005-2012. She serves as an adjunct professor for religious studies online learning for Providence College SCE since 2010.
Rev. John E. Unsworth
Father Jack is a priest in the Diocese of Providence. He received his MA in Religious Studies from the Catholic University at Louvain, Belgium. He has served as an adjunct professor for religious studies online learning for Providence College SCE since 2003.
Further Your Learning
The FFLE program should be viewed as one leg of a tripod, the others being participation in learning experiences provided by your ministry (days of recollection, retreats, liturgies, etc.) and by DENA and RELAN (formation programs).