About Camino

What is Camino?

  • Camino is a program of online Catholic theology courses offered through the collaboration of SEPI (the Southeast Pastoral Institute) and the University of Notre Dame's STEP program.
  • Camino courses are designed by university professors as well as leaders in Hispanic ministry in the Catholic Church. A facilitator who holds a master's degree in theology guides the class, encouraging everyone's participation in a dynamic online learning experience.  
  • Courses last between 4 and 7 weeks. The first week is an orientation, allowing course participants to get to know one another and to grow accustomed to the course website. After orientation, each week concentrates on a specific theme. The course is flexible, and participants work at their own pace to complete weekly assignments.

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What are the requirements of a Camino course? 

  • Weekly readings of assigned texts 
  • Participation in class discussions in the forums (a minimum of two comments, questions, or responses per week) 
  • Weekly written assignment (150-200 words)
  • Weekly chat session with other participants in the course (4 chat sessions are required during the course) 

How much time is needed to take a Camino course? 

  • Depending upon the participant, 4 to 6 hours per week. 

Who can take a Camino course? 

  • We work with diocesan groups to coordinate participation in our courses. If you have a position of leadership at the diocesan level and you would like to gather a group from your diocese, please contact the Coordinator of Camino, Esther Terry.
  • We also invite individuals interested in taking our courses independently of a diocesan group to contact the Coordinator of Camino, Esther Terry.

A great way to use media and technology to give learning opportunities beyond the University. It is a great blessing to be able to bring the best professors to students and, best of all, in their own language. 
 - Father Virgil Elizondo, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and Parochial Vicar at  St. Rose of Lima Parish in San Antonio, Texas