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School of Continuing Education
Harkins Hall, Room 109
Phone: 401-865-2487

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 7:30pm,
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Courses & Dates  

Each course of study is 10 hours in duration (2 hours per week for 5 weeks).  This time reflects the amount of study time, not the amount of time required online.  Online work usually requires reading teacher notes,  comments and discussions,  and participating in the overall process of online education at whatever time is convenient for you during each week. Students who successfully complete each course will earn 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) from the School of Continuing Education, Providence College.


September 14 - October 18, 2015

required for teachers of religion: Rel 001 Catechesis: Theory and Practice

required for all: Rel 100 Understanding the Christian Creed

November 2 - December 6, 2015

required for all: Rel 400 Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

required for all: Rel 200 Sacraments: Rites, Roots and Rituals

January 11 - February 14, 2016

required for all: Rel 300 Catholic Christian Morality

elective: Rel 250 Catholic Social Teaching

April 4 - May 8, 2016    

required for all: Rel 100 Understanding the Christian Creed 

elective: Rel 210 An Introduction to the Bible 

June 20 - July 24, 2016

required for all: Rel 200 Sacraments: Rites, Roots and Rituals

elective: Rel 240 What Does It Mean to Be Church?

Required Courses

REL 001 Catechesis: Theory and Practice   

How do we successfully pass on our Catholic Christian faith to future generations?  This course explores 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

REL 100 Understanding the Christian Creed   

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 200 Sacraments: Rites, Roots and Rituals 

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 300 Catholic Christian Morality 

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 Catholic Tradition

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

Elective Courses

REL 210 An Introduction to the Bible   

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

REL 220 Who Do We Say He Is? 

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

REL 230 The Mother of God in Catholic Tradition 

The role of Mary as presented in the New Testament and in the tradition of the Church is examined in this course.  Students will appreciate her part in the history of salvation, in Church teaching, and in the prayer life of Christians.

Text: James P. Campbell, Mary and the Saints: Companions on the Journey, Chicago: Loyola Press, 2001, ISBN: 0829417257

REL 240 What Does it Mean To Be Church?

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

REL 250 Catholic Social Teaching

How does the Church understand her mission in the world today?  How do we continue the work of Jesus in the concrete circumstances, the real world, we find ourselves in?  This course surveys the major elements of what the U.S. Bishops recently called one of the Church's best kept secrets - Catholic social teaching. (It is recommended but not required that students first complete the  Morality course before electing this course)

Required text: Responses to 101 Questions on Catholic Social Teaching by Kenneth Himes, 2001: Paulist Press, ISBN 080914042X

Optional text: A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching by Kevin McKenna, 2002: Ave Maria Press, ISBN 0877939799

Leadership Courses

REL 410 Supervising Religious Instruction 

What can the educational leader do to help teachers improve religious instruction? This course provides strategies and context for effectively appraising the quality of religious instruction in the classroom. The educational leader will learn to identify and evaluate both general teaching behaviors and those specific to religious education.

Text: Thomas H. Groome, Ed.D., General Editor Michael J. Corso, Ph.D., Managing Editor Empowering Catechetical Leaders, Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association 1999, ISBN: 1558332197

REL 420 Evaluating the Religious Education Program and the School Climate 

What makes a school truly and identifiably Catholic? This course examines the major standards that reinforce the Catholic character of a school. Special emphasis is placed on the evaluation of the religious education curriculum. Educational leaders also learn effective methods for evaluating religion textbooks and religious series.

Text: Architects of Catholic Culture: Designing and Building Catholic Culture in Catholic Schools by Timothy Cook. (NCEA Monograph Series, NCEA, Washington DC) 

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