A Second Rome: Catholic Distance University Nurtures the Heart of the Church

Students get a faithful Catholic education, rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church, without leaving home

It’s becoming increasingly common for colleges and universities to offer online programs. After all, these programs are often more affordable and convenient for students and allow them to continue working while pursuing a course of studies. But Catholic Distance University—a pioneer in online education—has taken online learning a step further, creating an exclusively online Catholic university with community, a rich pedagogy and vast resources.

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President Mount Speaks to the Catholic Cafe

CDU Marianne MountDo you wish you knew more about your Catholic faith? Do you think you're too far past your "college days"? Are you just too busy to do it? Many faithful Catholics feel exactly the same way! That's why we've invited Dr. Marianne Mount, President of Catholic Distance University, to join us in the Luxurious Corner Booth. We discuss not only why it's important to learn more about your faith, but how you can do it online and fit it neatly into your own personal schedule!

Click here to hear the Catholic Cafe's interview of CDU's Marianne Evans Mount.

Catholic Distance University Partners with Our Sunday Visitor To Launch New MA and Certificate Program in Theology

CHARLES TOWN, WV --  A partnership between Catholic Distance University (CDU) and Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) has resulted in both the new CDU-OSV MA and the CDU-OSV Certificate Program in Theology for Directors of Religious Education (DREs) and Catholic school teachers. The announcement was made jointly by CDU and OSV.

The partnership is the latest development in a 25-year long collaboration between the pioneering online university and the country's premier Catholic publisher of formational and informational materials.

"Both the MA and the Certificate are outstanding additions to the CDU curriculum," said Marianne Evans Mount, PhD, president of the university. "The MA in Theology is designed for adults balancing family, work and Church responsibilities and the certificate provides an overview of basic Catholic theology, Scripture and Catholic social teaching -- so vital for teachers and catechists today."

Jerome B. Kearns, executive director of Our Sunday Visitor Institute, which funded the initiative, said,  "We anticipate that this degree and certificate will be of great assistance to Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools by providing solid educational and faith formation material that is easily accessible virtually anywhere in the country. OSV is honored to partner with CDU on these very important and inspiring programs."

CDU-OSV MA in Theology

The MA option requires 36 credits, culminating with a program portfolio and reflection paper.  Created together with OSV, the program features a new course -- Principles of Catholic Education -- that will use OSV religious education materials for practical applications.  It also includes new courses on Social Teachings, Catholic Spirituality and Ecumenism, in addition to core theology courses.  No thesis is required and students are given five years to complete the program.

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Bishop Bransfield Blesses Catholic Distance University in Charles Town

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Catholic Distance University Will Honor Helen Alvare With The Founders Award on November 21

HAMILTON, VA – Helen Alvaré, a noted champion of pro-life and pro-family causes, will be honored by the Catholic Distance University (CDU) at its annual Awards Gala on November 21, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia.

Alvaré, a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion and Property Law, will be given the Founders Award. The announcement was made by Marianne Evans Mount, PhD, president of the university.

"It is a great honor to recognize Professor Alvaré for her lifelong work and accomplishments," said Dr. Mount.  "During her outstanding career, Helen has focused on the defense of the unborn and has courageously championed marriage in the public arena, providing a steady and strong moral compass during challenging times."

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Catholic Distance University Honors Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio with Founders Award

Archbishop gives credit to Catholics serving the Nation in uniform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, received the prestigious Founders Award from Catholic Distance University (CDU) on Saturday night at the university’s Gala 2014 in Arlington, Va.

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CDU in the News: Pioneer in Online Learning

Catholic colleges take online learning to new level
Number of students enrolled in Web-based courses is soaring due to flexibility, affordability of classes
Brian Fraga | OSV Newsweekly | 5/21/2014

... Catholic Distance University ... was one of the first higher-education initiatives in the country to offer distance learning and online educational opportunities. CDU offers a bachelor’s and master’s degree in theology, an associate’s degree in Catholic Studies, and certificates in other disciplines ...

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CDU Slashes Fees

Hamilton, Virginia, United States of America – March 18, 2014 –Catholic Distance University has slashed continuing education certificate application fees to make certificates more attractive and accessible to adult learners. 

CDU Dean of Catechetics, Sister Mary Margaret Ann Schlather, SND, led a review of CDU’s certificate program that identified cost as one of the factors that discourages adults from earning this credential.

Sister Margaret Ann commented, “It would be a shame for cost to deter Catholics from  learning more about their faith.” After streamlining the certificate process, CDU is now able to  pass on the savings to students.

CDU President Dr. Marianne Evans Mount praised Sister Margaret Ann’s efforts to make an inspiring education more affordable and available to more people. “CDU’s continuing education certificates are a convenient way for Catholics to deepen their faith so that they are confident about sharing it with others. I am delighted that CDU has found a way to reduce certificate fees by 80%,” said Dr. Mount.

CDU’s continuing education certificates attest to a person’s competence in a particular area of the faith, such as catechetics, Church history, or Sacred Scripture. Each certificate is awarded for successfully completing a required number of courses, usually six, and then submitting an application to CDU. The fee for this application is now only $15.

Now in its 30th year, Catholic Distance University (CDU) is a private, non-profit online university headquartered in Hamilton, VA. Founded by the Arlington Diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Thomas Welsh, CDU specializes in distance education and is the only Catholic online university in the United States, providing education in the faith to people of all walks of life in 68 countries. Today, CDU offers accredited degrees in Theology and the Liberal Arts, including graduate degrees and certificates. CDU also provides continuing education courses and certificates online and continues its active outreach to the incarcerated Church through correspondence courses. Bishop Paul S. Loverde is Chairman of CDU’s Board of Trustees, and Marianne Evans Mount, PhD, is CDU’s President.

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CDU Launches Graduate Certificate in Church History

Hamilton, Virginia, United States of America – May 22, 2014 – Catholic Distance University announced that it has added a Graduate Certificate in Church History to its online offerings. The certificate consists of 18 credits, 9 required and 9 elective, and provides a broad exposure to the sweep of church history. All credits from the certificate are transferrable to CDU’s Theology MA program should a student decide later that he or she would like to pursue a full degree. As with all of CDU’s programs, there is no residency requirement for the new certificate.

“In my experience, many Catholics know very little about the history of the Church,” said author and CDU professor Russell Shaw. He continued, “That's a shame, because Church history has much to teach us – both by way of inspiration and by pointing out pitfalls we need to avoid. In that context, CDU's graduate certificate is a great idea that can accomplish much good.”

Matthew Bunson is a prolific author and CDU professor who has taught courses on topics ranging from the Crusades to the Inquisition to American Church History. Asked why anyone should pursue a certificate when they could simply read history books, Bunson pointed out that CDU’s certificate “will offer rich and detailed academic expertise in a way that independent study could never duplicate, and the Certificate is a useful and meaningful addition to any c.v. More important, it will equip the graduate with heightened training in all of the diverse areas of Church History at a time when the lessons of the past need to be applied with prudence and clarity to the challenging cultural situations of the modern day.”

Describing the new program, CDU Graduate Dean Robert Royal said, “CDU has tremendous expertise in Church History, and we want to make that available to as many people as possible. My hope for this certificate is that it will offer those who desire to learn about the oldest institution in the world, or maybe more personally, desire to know their own spiritual patrimony, an avenue to do so via an academic program that results in a formal credential. Graduate certificates are perfect for those who are prepared to study theology at the graduate level, but want the flexibility to focus their studies on a particular area of interest.” Anyone with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may enroll in CDU’s graduate theology certificate programs.

Now in its 30th year, Catholic Distance University (CDU) is a private, non-profit online university headquartered in Hamilton, VA. Founded by the Arlington Diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Thomas Welsh, CDU specializes in distance education and is the only Catholic online university in the United States, providing education in the faith to people of all walks of life in 68 countries. Today, CDU offers accredited degrees in Theology and the Liberal Arts, including graduate degrees and certificates. CDU also provides continuing education courses and certificates and continues its active outreach to the incarcerated Church through correspondence courses. Upcoming three-week seminars include Introduction to Scripture with Dr. Peter Brown; the History of Vatican II with Dr. Matthew Bunson; and The Catholic School with Prof. Harry Plummer. Bishop Paul S. Loverde is Chairman of CDU’s Board of Trustees, and Marianne Evans Mount, PhD, is CDU’s President.

CDU In the News: Faith and Innovation

Catholic Distance University Celebrates 30 Years of Faith and Innovation
April 25, 2014, at 3:52 PM | By Adam Wilson, Kelly Conroy
Catholic Distance University (CDU), an online institution based out of Hamilton, Va., is celebrating 30 years as a pioneer in the field of distance learning. Founded in 1983 by Bishop Thomas Welsh, the first bishop of the Diocese of Arlington in Virginia, CDU has experienced dramatic expansion since it was founded, but has retained its commitment to strong Catholic identity.
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"I want to thank CDU for offering me an amazing online education from the heart of the Church. My studies with CDU have been so enriching in all aspects of my life. As a missionary in India, there were many times when I would learn something new and the next day have an opportunity to teach it to somebody else."

- Daniel Nurse

 

"As a Master's candidate, I've been able to find work as a teacher in both private and public schools. Every member of the faculty, along with the administrators and staff, has encouraged and inspired me. The courses have informed my life and developed my faith in every aspect."

- Julianne Stokes