Essential Doctrine in the US Catholic Catechism for Adults

taught by Eric Westby, Phd

Course description

The benefits of living a Christian life are found in knowing and loving Jesus Christ. This course is designed to help participants know the dynamic core of Jesus' message as passed on from generation in the Church's teachings. To help this, the United States Bishops published the 2006 United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA), the first US catechism since the Baltimore Catechism. As a local catechism to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the USCCA is written for adults at any level of theological expertise, allowing for easy entry into the teachings of the Church. This course walks the participant through each of the 36 chapters of the USCCA and includes quizzes to help learn the essentials of the faith.

Hours of Instruction: 18

Eric  Westby, Phd
Eric Westby, Phd
Institute Director

Eric J. Westby, PhD is the Director of the Institute of Catholic Theology in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the Director of Parish and School Catechesis at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He is an assistant professor of Theology for Franciscan University of Steubenville. He received his doctorate from Liverpool Hope University, with his thesis entitled "Equipping the Catechist of Catechists: A Critical Discussion of Seminary Formation in Light of Priestly Ministry in Catechesis." He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, from where he was the first student to complete the graduate specialization in catechetics. He holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development, and has been involved in full-time catechesis since 1988. He is a regular presenter at the summer St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published youth ministry materials through YOU! Press and is the founder of and More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.

Course Curriculum

Course Resources
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Chapter 8 - The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ
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Chapter 12- Mary the Church's First and Most Perfect Member
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Chapter 14 - The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ
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Chapter 17 - The Eucharist the Source and Summit of the Christian Life
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Chapter 18 - The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
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