El Camino de la Fe

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Course Description

In the documents of Vatican II, the baptized are called to holiness and to greater understanding of their unique role in building the Kingdom of God. An informational and enriching introduction to the Catholic faith and theology, this course will enable you to take greater responsibility in promoting the life and mission of the Church. Using the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (in Spanish) as a primary text, this course will explore six core areas and will serve as a good foundation for those who seek to continue theological studies or develop theological competency for ministry. Theology is a fascinating and vital subject that challenges those who study it to think critically and personally about human existence, the world we live in and our relationship with God and one another. This course serves as a prerequisite for all other Camino courses.

Course Content

Unit 1: Faith Development
  • Faith as a Personal and Communal Response to God's Self-Revelation
  • Faith as "Content" as Well as a Dynamic Spiritual Reality
Unit 2: Scripture
  • Revelation Transmitted through Scripture and Tradition
  • History and Interpretation of the Bible
  • Overview of the Old and New Testaments
Unit 3: The Creed/ Jesus Christ
  • Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds
  • Trinity
  • Christology
Unit 4: The Church
  • Models and Marks of the Church
  • Mary and Saints
Unit 5: Sacraments, Liturgy and Prayer
  • Liturgy as Act of the Church
  • Seven Sacraments
  • Importance of Prayer
Unit 6: Morality
  • Elements and Sources of Christian Morality
  • Basics of Catholic Social Teaching

Catecismo Católico de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos

Required Texts

Participation Requirements

  • Weekly reading of lecture texts and assigned readings
  • Participation in class discussion using discussion area (minimum 2 comments, questions or responses weekly)
  • Weekly written assignment (150-200 words)
  • Weekly chat session with other students in course (4 required throughout course)
  • Course evaluation

Time Required

  • 4 to 6 hours a week (time varies from student to student depending on your learning style and schedule)

Course Certificate

  • A Certificate of Completion awarding 35 Contact Hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.

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Meet the Developer

Dr. Timothy Matovina

Timothy Matovina

Timothy Matovina has worked for more than thirty years with Hispanic communities. He has written numerous books and articles about Hispanics in the United States, covering topics such as history, theology, minstry and religious traditions. He also gives lectures about these themes in diocesan events and in pastoral institutes. He is currently Professor of Theology and Executive Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

The basis for this course is the STEP Core Course: An Introduction to the Catholic Faith, which was developed by Mary Jane Silvia, Director for Youth Ministry, and Mary Ellen Mahon, Director for Catechetical Formation in the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire.  Dr. Matovina and a team of translators edited the course content and adjusted additional reading materials to better suit the experience of Hispanic Catholics.

Course development made possible through a generous grant by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.