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CDU Announces 2013 Outstanding Graduate

As a military spouse, Jennifer Frye changed colleges and majors more than once.  But when her husband told her about the degree completion program at Catholic Distance University, where he was enrolled in the graduate program, she enrolled, persevered, and earned her degree—only forty-one years after high school graduation.

Jennifer graduated with a 3.88 GPA from Catholic Distance University.  Even while she studied, she used her acquired knowledge in her position as the Director of Religious Education in a small parish in north-central Pennsylvania.

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CDU Recognized by IVC Northern Virginia

Celebrating Communities of Compassion

By Bob Thomsen, IVC Northern Virginia Volunteer

IVC  Northern Virginia had their first ever Celebrating Communities of Compassion at  St Charles Borromeo Hall in Arlington on Thursday, February 27, 2013 as a way of thanking the partner agencies where IVC Northern Virginia volunteers are assigned.

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Finding God Behind Bars

John Ballentine is an inmate in the Virginia Correctional system. Convicted of a felony in 1989 and incarcerated for over two decades, John has completed his Master of Arts degree in Theology. John is a voice for the Truth of the Catholic Church within the prison environment.

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Letters of St. Paul, Part II

April 28 - May 19, 2014

This seminar on St. Paul's Letters, will provide participants with an overview of Paul’s letters to Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, Timothy, and Titus as well as St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and Thessalonians.

Letters of St. Paul Part II addresses a different set of letters than the seminar Letters of St. Paul, Part I.  Seminar participants are not required to take the seminar Letters of St. Paul, Part I prior to taking Part II.

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Life and Pontificate
of St. John
Paul II

May 12 - June 2, 2014

Examine the extraordinary life and papacy of Pope St. John Paul II the Great and his immense legacy for the Church and the world. Those who complete this seminar will be able to describe the early life, priesthood, and Cardinalate of Karol Wojtyla under the Nazis and then the Communists in Poland, summarize his work at the Second Vatican Council, and give reasons why his pontificate (1978-2005) was unprecedented.  In addition, participants should be able to identify John Paul’s key papal teachings and explain the cause for his canonization.

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Introduction to Scripture and the Gospel Message

May 26- June 16, 2014

This seminar is a basic overview for all adult Catholics and catechists. The content will focus on the Church’s principles for Biblical interpretation as explained in concrete examples drawn from the New Testament as well as a brief discussion of the benefits and shortcomings of both the ancient and modern approaches. Those who complete this seminar course should be able to appreciate more fully the Biblical narrative as alive for themselves as Catholics and consequently, for all those that will benefit from their teaching.

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For a description of each of these courses, please consult the online course catalog.

Important Dates
May 2014 June 2014
Registration Opens March 10, 2014 Registration Opens March 10, 2014
Late Registration Date April 28, 2014 Late Registration Date June 9, 2014
Payment Deadline April 28, 2014 Payment Deadline June 9, 2014
First Day of Class May 5, 2014 First Day of Class June 16, 2014

Graduate Courses
Course Number Course Title
Credits Term  
THEO 500 The Light of Faith: Basics of Catholicism
*8 week course *
3 May, June

Course Number Course Title
Credits Term  
CHIST 563 Church History, Part II 3 May
ENG 501 Graduate Research Skills - CORE
.5 May
Advanced Biblical Greek Language Lab
1 May
Latin II
3 May
PHIL 508
Philosophy for Theology: Augustine and Platonic Tradition, Aquinas and Aristotelian Tradition, and Modern Philosophy - CORE
3 May
Leadership for Catholic Adult Faith Formation
3 May
Theology of Scripture
3 May
The Synoptic Gospels
3 May
THEO 510
Revelation & Faith: Fundamental Theology - CORE
3 May
THEO 551 Theology of the Sacraments - CORE
3 May

Undergraduate Courses

Course Number Course Title
Credits Term  
BIO 150
Nutrition 3 May
ENG 101 Undergraduate Research Skills - CORE
1.5 May
Advanced Biblical Greek Language Lab
Church History I: Early Christians to Middle Ages
3 May
LATIN 201 Latin II 3 May
RELED 432 General Catechetics for the New Evangelization 3 May
SCRPT 310 Reading Scripture Theologically - CORE
3 May
THEO 103
Ethics and Morality
3 May
THEO 301 Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine - CORE - Course is full, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be added to the wait list 3 May
THEO 313 God, Man and the Universe (8-week course) 3 June
THEO 342
The Four Constitutions of Vatican II - CORE
3 May

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CDU partners with several dioceses and groups to provide high quality online programs in adult faith formation. This partnership allows members of these partners to experience CDU's noncredit courses and seminars at a discounted rate.

If your diocese is listed below, then you are eligible for Group Subsidy Partner discounts. To learn more and to register for courses and seminars click on your group's name:


Become a Subsidy Partner
Learn more on how your group can partner with CDU to enhance the goals and reach of adult faith formation. Contact Sister Mary Margret Ann at 888.254.4238 ext. 709 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Welcome to the Share the Good News Project!

The Office of Evangelisation and Ecumenism for the Archdiocese of Dublin is partnering with Catholic Distance University to provide high quality online independent study courses in adult faith formation. This online option promotes evangelization, faith development, renewal, and a method of religious education that can be studied through a convenient, flexible, and adult-friendly format.

The initial course, RELED N010: CDUCC-Share the Good News Introduction includes a brief survey of five topics:

  • Sacred Scripture
  • Church History regarding the creed, sacraments, and prayer
  • Vatican Council II
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church; and
  • Share the Good News: National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland.

This course is meant to set the stage for five additional modules that will address each topic separately. The duration of the course will be Monday, April 28 through Monday, June 2.

Registration Procedures for RELED N010: CDUCC-Share the Good News Introduction
Watch for notice of a special Registration Night.  However, you are also invited to register at your convenience. Two separate registrations will be required for accessing this course:

  • Registration for the course
  • Registration for the online campus.

Registration for the Course

  • Go to New Student Registration where you will establish a username and password.
  • Click “Connect with CDU,”
  • Complete the form with the information requested, then after reviewing, click submit.
  • Check your email account as you will have a message from CDU with another link for registering a username and password to access the online campus where the course will be offered.


CDU was one of the first universities in the country to use online learning for spiritual development and graduate theology. Since 1983, CDU has offered distance seminars and courses to thousands of adult learners, ages 18 to 91, in all parts of the world.

  • CDU has more experience in theological pedagogy using a distance format than any other Catholic institution in the world.
  • Distance education is not a sideline with CDU. It is all we do.
  • CDU is the right size university to meet your needs. We have more students than you'll find in the theology departments of most major universities - and yet, because theology is all we teach, we're small enough to know each student personally.
  • At CDU, all of our efforts go into designing and delivering theology courses that are authentically Catholic and are faithful to the teaching authority of the Church.
  • CDU students are serious adult learners who are hungry for solid, authentic Catholic teachings.
  • CDU's faculty and staff are ready to help you. Our student support services and student networking opportunities are the best you will find anywhere.
  • CDU courses are written and taught by world-renowned Catholic theologians and scripture scholars.
  • At CDU distance learning doesn’t mean that you will be isolated, and there is nothing impersonal about us! Our unique online campus is designed to encourage interaction with classmates and course instructors so that you have the flexibility to choose how and when you interact.
  • Online courses at CDU are user-friendly and designed for all levels of computer expertise.