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Online Learning for Faith Formation

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The Diocese of Tucson recently became an official partner with the University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation. VLCFF is a growing initiative to offer adult religious education, catechist formation and faith formation anytime and anywhere via the internet… in both English and in Spanish. In our geographically large diocese, it is not always possible for parish leaders and parishioners to attend courses offered in Tucson or even at the vicariate level. This partnership is another option, especially for those seeking certification. Courses are designed to be interactive with both the instructor and with other students during the online course experience.
The VLCFF is coordinated and sponsored by the Institute for Pastoral initiatives (IPI) at the University of Dayton – a Catholic Marianist institution. It has been a pioneer in the field of Catholic online formation and distance learning.
VLCFF’s mission is to mobilize the resources of the University of Dayton for partnerships with the Church… to implement creative pastoral initiatives designed to meet the needs of the Church.
Partnership means, among other benefits, that…

  • The diocese (in both parishes and Catholic schools) can expand and complement the current course offerings related to level 1, level II, lay ecclesial ministry certification, and general adult faith formation.
  •  All in the Diocese of Tucson can take VLCFF courses at half the cost of each course. The normal course fee is $105 per course… this will be reduced over half to $50 per course for diocesan participants….
  • and costs are reduced further with  additional subsidy from the diocese of $20 per person per course. (see attachment)… courtesy of Our Faith Our Hope Our Future Scholarship fund for Faith Formation.
  • The diocese benefits from the on-going research and development of e-learning for catechist and lay ecclesial ministry, and adult faith formation.
  • Offers existing diocesan staff and affiliated local presenters extra time to focus on courses and learning that may require more immediate person-to-person encounters in parishes.
  • The diocese has a voice regarding the content of new online courses and the refreshing of current courses.
  • The diocese is regularly informed of all those from the diocese taking courses from the beginning of each of the course cycles. Dioceses co-sign all certificates of completion and receive an annual report of all those who have completed or not completed courses.

Most courses are five (5) weeks in length and courses are offered over seven (7) cycles each year. Attached are the equivalent Dayton courses that match the Level I and Level II programs of the diocese.
Please do all you can to promote this opportunity to your ministry leaders in the parish and Catholic school if applicable. Visit the VLCFF website now at:, and please contact the Office of Catechesis and Family Life for more information or to receive a VLCFF brochure.