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The Mission of the Laity is a Course

The Mission of the Laity

Ended Jul 28, 2019

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Full course description

3 Weeks 7/8/19 - 7/28/19 

This course has concluded.  

However, the content will remain available for students who previously registered for the course.  Thank you to the 1000+ students who contributed to make this such a wonderful learning experience.

Course Description

Mission of the Laity is a free online course designed for the everyday Catholic seeking to encounter more fully the radiating beauty of the mission of the laity. This course is not intended to be academically strenuous but to provide a shallow-entry point for those who have busy lives and need flexibility.

This course will introduce you to the incredible dignity and mission of the lay faithful. Through their consecration in Baptism and their anointing in Confirmation, the laity receive a high calling in Christ and the Spirit. Christ, the Anointed One, makes us into a “royal priesthood” and gives us a real share in His mission. He calls each of the baptized into a radical life of missionary discipleship. As we cling to Christ and follow Him daily, we are tasked with bringing the power and influence of the Gospel wherever we are, into whatever we’re doing. There are three traditional roles assigned to this lay mission: the priestly, the prophetic, and the royal. Each week of the course will be dedicated to one of these and the ways we are called to live them out--both in the Church and in the world. 

Particular emphasis will be given throughout the course to what is called the “secular character” of the lay vocation: the call of the laity to live out their missionary discipleship in the ordinary circumstances of family, work, and their participation in society and culture—primarily outside our parish involvement or lay ministries.

This course is designed for personal enrichment and does not count towards any academic credit at Sacred Heart Major Seminary or for any certification in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Schedule of Topics:

  • Introductory Module – available starting June 17

  • Week 1: July 08-14 - The Priestly Mission - Dr. Matthew Gerlach

  • Week 2: July 15-21 - The Prophetic Mission - Dr. John Gresham

  • Week 3: July 22-28 - The Royal Mission - Dr. Matthew Gerlach


Weekly Activities:

The following learning activities are available to students each week. There are not specific requirements. Those who complete all the videos and self-tests will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

The time commitment is flexible for this course. Weekly lectures are generally around 20-25 minutes long. Participants who are interested in completing all recommended readings and course tasks can expect to spend around 2-3 hours/week on the course. However, levels of participation and engagement are up to the discretion of the individual.

  • Weekly lectures featuring distinguished faculty members from Sacred Heart Major Seminary

  • Weekly recommended readings and links to additional learning resources

  • Weekly self-test to see what you’ve learned

  • Open online discussion for participants to share with each other what they are learning and encourage each other


All Equip Courses Include These Features:

  • A dedicated online learning support coordinator to offer prompt assistance

  • 24/7 access to the digital learning environment

  • Engagement as a community of connected learners who share a common faith

  • Extended access to course content after the course end date

  • Learning environment support provided by Canvas (our learning management platform)

  • Technical assistance provided by Sacred Heart’s IT staff

  • A Certificate of Completion is awarded to those who complete the course learning activities


Technical Requirements:

Canvas Tech Requirements