Course Description

The fourth question of the Baltimore Catechism asked "Why did God make me?" The answer familiar to many of us was "To know, love and serve God, to be happy with Him in this life and in the next." For over 3500 years of western civilization the question of happiness has been among the central questions of life. Various Greek, Roman, Jewish and Christian philosophers offer distinct contributions to this central question. More than just a platitude the goal of authentic happiness is deeply tied to our origin, our purpose, and our destiny and provides a rich philosophical and theological perspective on God's plan for the human person. This course evaluates these answers, and seeks to present an authentically Catholic perspective to happiness as the goal of Catholic life.

Hours of Instruction: 6

ICT Fellow

Ryan Hanning, PhD

Ryan Hanning is a popular speaker and Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies. He led University of Mary’s unprecedented partnership with Arizona State University, and developed a graduate program in philosophy, theology and education for Catholic Educators. Ryan is a principal Fellow of the San Juan Diego Institute which serves several Universities, non-profits and Catholic apostolates. Ryan also serves as a theological consultant and speaker for Catholics Come HomeTM and Amen AlleluiaTM. In addition to teaching and consulting, he writes and speaks internationally on education, theology, ethics and virtuous leadership. Dr. Hanning currently homesteads in Tennessee with his beautiful wife Rebecca, and their ten well socialized homeschooled children. He secretly idolizes Dr. Westby and consequently has become a hockey fan.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Session 1 - Happiness - The Goal of Catholic Living

    • Reflection Questions for Online Courses

    • Session 1 - Video

  • 2

    Session 2 - Happiness - The Goal of Catholic Living

    • Session 2 - Video

  • 3

    Session 3 - Happiness - The Goal of Catholic Living

    • Session 3 - Video

  • 4


    • Happiness handout one

    • Links