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Catechist Formation: Life in Christ


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Catechist Formation: Life in Christ



Course Description


This course will unpack the Third Pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Church through a presentation of the following modules: Christian Anthropology, Covenant Living, Conscience, 21st Century Challenges, Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, and Catholic Social Teaching. How do Catholics live the faith they profess in the Creed and celebrate in the Sacraments? This course will invite you to enter more fully into a Christian way of life as taught by Christ, inspired and sustained by God’s grace.



Tom Clark, Childhood Faith Formation Coordinator, Archdiocese of Detroit

Dr. Peter Williamson, Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Sacred Scripture

Rev. Stephen Pullis, Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, Archdiocese of Detroit

Dr. Donald Wallenfang, O.C.D.S., Professor of Theology & Philosophy, Lay Formator, Institute for Lay Ministry

Rev. Timothy Laboe, Dean of Studies, Instructor of Theology  


Module Activities: Videos, Quizzes, and Reflection Exercises

This course consists of six different modules that must be completed in sequential order.  In each module, participants are required to view all lecture videos and complete the quiz before being able to proceed on to the next module. Additionally, each video is accompanied by a reflection prompt.  Participants seeking catechist certification are required to respond to these prompts and review their reflections with their local facilitator. Students are encouraged to keep a journal of their reflections as they progress throughout the course.  A compilation of course reflection questions can be found/downloaded in the introductory module. Upon successful completion of all required activities, participants will be issued a course certificate of completion (partial-requirement for Catechist Certification) and will be ready to progress to the next course in the program.


Schedule of Topics

This course covers the third pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Life in Christ and consists of an introductory module (resources and orientation to learning tools) and six modules covering content from foundational areas of Catholic theology.  These modules are designed to be self-paced and may be completed in 1-2 hours each.

Self-Paced Modules:

  • Introduction Module

  • Module 1 - Christian Anthropology

  • Module 2 - Covenant Living

  • Module 3 - Conscience

  • Module 4 - 21st Century Challenges

  • Module 5 - Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • Module 6 - Catholic Social Teaching 



No required textbooks for this course.  Presenters will be referring to numbered paragraphs in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (abbreviated “CCC”) found in the third part: Life in Christ. This part is found in paragraphs 1691-2557 of the CCC (CCC 1691-2557).

Please consult the resources list for each module for additional references and citations.


Contacts / Support

If you have any questions, please use the common contacts below:

Technical Questions (IT Issues)

Certification Process Questions

Content Based Questions

Melissa Pordon

Freeda Marable

Your Local Facilitator  |  313-868-7031  |  313-237-5904

Approved by AOD EDM


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