Course Description

This course will give an overview of the theology of the Church as presented in the documents Second Vatican Council, in particular Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes. From this, the student will know the key characteristics of the Church and its role in God's plan of salvation; the Christocentric nature of the Church; the understanding of Church as communion; the centrality of the universal call to holiness in the life of the faithful; the relationship of the Church to the modern world; and the distinct role of the laity in the life and mission of the Church and in the renewal of the temporal order.

Hours of Instruction: 8

Institute Director

Eric Westby, Phd

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

  • 1


    • Reflection Questions for Online Courses

    • Syllabus

    • Ecclesial Method Handouts

    • Morrisey Papal and Curial Pronouncements Excerpt

    • Schreck Vatican II The Crisis Excerpt

    • Documents of Vatican II

    • Links to Church Documents

    • Footage from the Opening of the Council

  • 2

    Session 1

    • Week 1 Slides

    • Recap - Essentials of the Church

    • Video 2018 Session 1a Overview

    • Video 2018 Session 1b Background

    • Video 2018 Session 1c Pre Council

  • 3

    Session 2

    • Reflections Of His Holiness Benedict XVI

    • Week 2 slides

    • Video 2018 Session 2a Council

    • Video 2018 Session 2b - Lumen Gentium Chapters I - II

  • 4

    Session 3

    • Week 3 Slides

    • Ecclesiology Vatican II 2018 Session 3a LG III

    • Ecclesiology Vatican II 2018 Session 3a LG IV-VI

  • 5

    Session 4

    • Week 4 Slides

    • Class 4 Video

    • Ecclesiology Vatican II 2018 Session 4a LG VII-VIII

    • Video - Assignment Instructions

  • 6

    Session 5

    • Week 5 Slides

    • Ecclesiology Vatican II 2018 Session 5 GS Intro

  • 7

    Gaudium et Spes Overview

    • Video - Gaudium et Spes

    • Video - Closing Thoughts

  • 8

    Live Class Feed

    • Live Video Feed

    • Live Discussion Feed