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

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 ymcentral.com and rciacentral.com. More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Chapter 1 - My Soul Longs for You

  • 3

    Chapter 2 - God Comes to Meet Us

    • Chapter 2 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 2 - Video

    • Chapter 2 - Quiz

    • Chapter 2 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 4

    Chapter 3 - Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature

    • Chapter 3 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 3 - Video

    • Chapter 3 - Quiz

    • Chapter 3 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 5

    Chapter 4 - The Obedience of Faith

    • Chapter 4 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 4 - Video

    • Chapter 4 - Quiz

    • Chapter 4 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 6

    Chapter 5 - I Believe in God

    • Chapter 5 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 5 - Video

    • Chapter 5 - Quiz

    • Chapter 5 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 7

    Chapter 6 - Man and Woman in the Beginning

    • Chapter 6 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 6 - Video

    • Chapter 6 - Quiz

    • Chapter 6 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 8

    Chapter 7 - The Good News God has Sent His Son

    • Chapter 7 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 7 - Video

    • Chapter 7 - Quiz

    • Chapter 7 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 9

    Chapter 8 - The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ

    • Chapter 8 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 8 - Video

    • Chapter 8 - Quiz

    • Chapter 8 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 10

    Chapter 9 - Receive the Holy Spirit

    • Chapter 9 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 9 - Video

    • Chapter 9 - Quiz

    • Chapter 9 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 11

    Chapter 10 - The Church Reflecting the Light of Christ

    • Chapter 10 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 10 - Video

    • Chapter 10 - Quiz

    • Chapter 10 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 12

    Chapter 11 - The Four Marks of the Church

    • Chapter 11 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 11 - Video

    • Chapter 11 - Quiz

    • Chapter 11 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 13

    Chapter 12- Mary the Church's First and Most Perfect Member

    • Chapter 12 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 12 - Video

    • Chapter 12 - Quiz

    • Chapter 12 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 14

    Chapter 13 - Our Eternal Destiny

    • Chapter 13 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 13 - Video

    • Chapter 13 - Quiz

    • Chapter 13 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 15

    Chapter 14 - The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ

    • Chapter 14 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 14 - Video

    • Chapter 14 - Quiz

    • Chapter 14 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 16

    Chapter 15 - Baptism Becoming a Christian

    • Chapter 15 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 15 - Video

    • Chapter 15 - Quiz

    • Chapter 15 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 17

    Chapter 16 - Confirmation Consecrated for Mission

    • Chapter 16 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 16 - Video

    • Chapter 16 - Quiz

    • Chapter 16 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 18

    Chapter 17 - The Eucharist the Source and Summit of the Christian Life

    • Chapter 17 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 17 - Video

    • Chapter 17 - Quiz

    • Chapter 17 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 19

    Chapter 18 - The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

    • Chapter 18 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 18 - Video

    • Chapter 18 - Quiz

    • Chapter 18 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 20

    Chapter 19 - The Anointing of the Sick and Dying

    • Chapter 19 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 19 - Video

    • Chapter 19 - Quiz

    • Chapter 19 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 21

    Chapter 20 - Holy Orders

    • Chapter 20 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 20 - Video

    • Chapter 20 - Quiz

    • Chapter 20 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 22

    Chapter 21 - The Sacrament of Marriage

    • Chapter 21 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 21 - Video

    • Chapter 21 - Quiz

    • Chapter 21 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 23

    Chapter 22 - Sacramentals and Popular Devotions

    • Chapter 22 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 22 - Video

    • Chapter 22 - Quiz

    • Chapter 22 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 24

    Chapter 23 - Life in Christ Part 1

    • Chapter 23 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 23 - Video

    • Chapter 23 - Quiz

    • Chapter 23 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 25

    Chapter 24 - Life in Christ Part 2

    • Chapter 24 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 24 - Video

    • Chapter 24 - Quiz

    • Chapter 24 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 26

    Chapter 25 - The First Commandment

    • Chapter 25 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 25 - Video

    • Chapter 25 - Quiz

    • Chapter 25 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 27

    Chapter 26 - The Second Commandment

    • Chapter 26 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 26 - Video

    • Chapter 26 - Quiz

    • Chapter 26 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 28

    Chapter 27 - The Third Commandment

    • Chapter 27 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 27 - Video

    • Chapter 27 - Quiz

    • Chapter 27 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 29

    Chapter 28 - The Fourth Commandment

    • Chapter 28 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 28 - Video

    • Chapter 28 - Quiz

    • Chapter 28 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 30

    Chapter 29 - The Fifth Commandment

    • Chapter 29 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 29 - Video

    • Chapter 29 - Quiz

    • Chapter 29 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 31

    Chapter 30 - The Sixth Commandment

    • Chapter 30 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 30 - Video

    • Chapter 30 - Quiz

    • Chapter 30 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 32

    Chapter 31 - The Seventh Commandment

    • Chapter 31 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 31 - Video

    • Chapter 31 - Quiz

    • Chapter 31 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 33

    Chapter 32 - The Eighth Commandment

    • Chapter 32 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 32 - Video

    • Chapter 32 - Quiz

    • Chapter 32 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 34

    Chapter 33 - The Ninth Commandment

    • Chapter 33 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 33 - Video

    • Chapter 33 - Quiz

    • Chapter 33 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 35

    Chapter 34 - The Tenth Commandment

    • Chapter 34 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 34 - Video

    • Chapter 34 - Quiz

    • Chapter 34 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 36

    Chapter 35 - God Calls Us To Pray

    • Chapter 35 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 35 - Video

    • Chapter 35 - Quiz

    • Chapter 35 - Insights Based on this Session

  • 37

    Chapter 36 - Jesus Taught Us to Pray

    • Chapter 36 - Worksheet

    • Chapter 36 - Video

    • Chapter 36 - Quiz

    • Chapter 36 - Insights Based on this Session

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