There is an urgency today to “set on fire” the Lasallian Catholic evangelical mission within each of our educational communities to do as Jesus did by joyfully announcing the radical Good News that God loves us all and calls us to cooperate in building God’s Kingdom.
— DENA Directional Statement on Evangelization

Course Offerings

All courses are made available online, to be completed at your leisure. Classes are five (5) weeks, consisting of two hours of reading and writing per week for a total of 10 course hours.

Cost per course: $95

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Meet the Instructors

Session I

October 1 – 29, 2018

 

REL 100: Understanding Catholic Christianity

Rev John LudwigInstructor: 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

Register for this Session

Deadline to register: September 21

 

REL 200: Sacraments: Rites, Roots and Rituals

Rev. John E. UnsworthInstructor: Rev. John E. Unsworth

This course explores sacramentality, the Catholic attitude toward material reality as a means to experience God’s presence, as well as the meaning of sacrament. Students also learn about the history, evolution, and meaning of each of the Church’s seven sacraments and explore the use of sacramentals in Catholic devotion.

Text: Kurt Stasiak, Sacramental Theology: Means of Grace, Ways of Life, Chicago: Loyola Press, 2001, ISBN: 0829417214

Register for this Session

Deadline to register: September 21

Session II

 

November 5 – December 10, 2018

REL 300: Catholic Christian Morality

Ed SiroisInstructor: Edward Sirois

What makes an act or omission moral or immoral? Why act morally? What does it mean to be fully human and fully alive? Should morality focus more on the rightness and wrongness of specific acts, or on the development of individual conscience and character? What is natural law? What are some of the key principles of Catholic moral teaching? These and other fundamental questions and issues of morality are examined in this course.

Text: Russell B. Connors, Christian Morality: In the Breath of God, Chicago: Loyola Press, 2001, ISBN: 0829417222 REL 400 Prayer in the

REL 400: Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

Deacon Greg AlbeneseInstructor: Greg Albanese

The adjective catholic means “universal, extensive, and wide-ranging.” The Roman Catholic Church is a community of believers that embraces rich spiritual traditions and diverse forms of prayer. This course surveys the major expressions of Catholic Christian spirituality and some of the many forms and styles of personal and communal prayer and devotions that are part of the Church’s ongoing tradition.

Text: Prayer by Joyce Rupp, RCL Benziger, Orbis Books 2007. ISBN-978-1-57075-712-9

Session III

 

January 14 – February 11, 2019

REL 500: Catechesis: Theory and Practice

Sarah Thomas TracyInstructor: Sarah Thomas Tracy

How do we successfully pass on our Catholic Christian faith to future generations? This course explores a Lasallian approach to the theory and practice of catechesis. Students examine some of the meanings and implications of theology as knowledge about God, belief as personal acceptance of theological truths, and religion as action emanating from those beliefs. The focus throughout is on ways to inspire the young to internalize the Christian faith.

Text: Maureen Gallagher, The Art of Catechesis: What You Need To Be, Know and Do, NJ: Paulist Press, 1998, ISBN: 080913778X 2

REL 210: An Introduction to the Bible (elective)

Gerard SchnellInstructor: 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

Session IV

March 11 – April 8, 2019

REL 100: Understanding Catholic Christianity

Rev John LudwigInstructor: 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 220: Who Do We Say HE Is? (elective)

Gerard SchnellInstructor: Gerry Schnell

What does the Church teach about the person and ministry of Jesus Christ? This course surveys this central element of Christian faith, our profession of faith that Jesus, the savior, is the Son of God.

Text: Matthias Neuman, Christology: True God and True Man, Chicago: Loyola Press, 2001, ISBN: 0829417192

Summer Session I

July 1 – 29, 2019

REL 200: Sacraments: Rites, Roots and Rituals

Rev. John E. UnsworthInstructor: Rev. John E. Unsworth

This course explores sacramentality, the Catholic attitude toward material reality as a means to experience God’s presence, as well as the meaning of sacrament. Students also learn about the history, evolution, and meaning of each of the Church’s seven sacraments and explore the use of sacramentals in Catholic devotion.

Text: Kurt Stasiak, Sacramental Theology: Means of Grace, Ways of Life, Chicago: Loyola Press, 2001, ISBN: 0829417214

REL 240: What Does it Mean To Be Church? (elective)

Sarah Thomas TracyInstructor: Sarah Thomas Tracy

This course explores the various models of the Church that are found in sacred scripture and in the Catholic tradition. Special emphasis will be placed on the Second Vatican Council’s understanding of the meaning and mission of the Church.

Text: Morris Pelzel, Ecclesiology: The Church as Communion and Mission, Chicago: Loyola Press, 2001, ISBN 0829417265

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.

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.


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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).

For more information, contact
Program Director Maryann Donohue-Lynch at donohuelynch@fscdena.org
and Program Coordinator Ed Sirois esirois@lasalle-academy.org