El Credo: un encuentro con Dios Padre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo

This course is available upon request by partner dioceses. Prior completion of the course "El Camino de la Fe" is recommended. For more information, contact Esther Terry.

Course Description

At the heart of Catholic experience is the mystery of God revealed in history, especially through the person of Jesus Christ. We encounter in the Creed, directly and concisely stated, central convictions about the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which mark us as Cristians. As a formula of faith, the Creed summarizes what we believe. But more than a formula, the Creed is the witness of faith of the Christian community through the ages. In this course we explore the beauty and depth of the Creed, highlighting its importance for the practice of Christian discipleship. The course is above all an introduction to the Christian life meditating profoundly on the mystery of God. Participants will closely follow the presentation of the Creed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, while making practical connections to strengthen their spirituality in daily life.

Course Content

Unit 1: Faith, Revelation, and the Creed
  • Faith and Revelation
  • The Creed: affirmation of faith and witness of the revelation of God
  • Formulas of faith in Sacred Scripture
  • The Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed
Unit 2: We believe in God the Father
  • God is
  • God is Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • God is Creator of all that exists
Unit 3: We believe in God the Son
  • The Word of God exists from all eternity
  • The mystery of the Incarnation
  • Divinity and Humanity
  • Incarnate of Mary
  • The public life of Jesus
  • Death and Resurrection: the Pascal Mystery
  • The Parousia
Unit 4: We believe in the Holy Spirit
  • The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity
  • The Holy Spirit in the life of the Church
  • The Holy Spirit, Baptism and the other sacraments
  • The Holy Spirit as source of evangelizing activity
Unit 5: The Creed in the Experience of the Church
  • The Creed as text for prayer
  • The Creed in the catechumenate and Christian Initiation
  • The Creed and the theological reflexion of the Church
  • The Creed and catechesis
  • The Creed and Ecumenism
  • The Creed as a symbol of identity in a secularized world

Required Texts

  • Copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (in Spanish Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica), available online
  • Catholic Bible
  • Brief texts and links to online materials will accompany each unit to round out the experience of course participants

Course Requirements

  • Weekly reading of assigned texts and materials
  • Participation in class discussions in the forums (minimum of two comments, questions or responses each week)
  • Written assignment (between 150 and 200 words)
  • Weekly chat session (minimum 4 chats)

Time Required

  • 4 to 6 hours per week (this varies from student to student depending on learning style and available study time) 

Course Certificate

  • A Certificate of Completion awarding 30 Contact Hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.

Meet the Developer

Dr. Hosffman Ospino

Hosffman Ospino

Dr. Hosffman Ospino is a professor of theology and religious education in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. His research focuses on the impact of the conversation between faith and culture in the educational and pastoral practices in the Church. He is the editor of Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century (Convivium Press, 2010), and the author of El catecismo de Pedro: ¿Quién Dices Que Soy Yo? ¿Por Qué Dudas? ¿Me Amas? (Liguori, 2011) and Evangelización y catequesis en el ministerio hispano: Guía para la formación en la fe (Liguori, 2013). He is currently working on two books about multicultural parishes. Dr. Ospino served as principal investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry (2011-2013), the results of which have been disseminated in various publications. He frequently addresses academic and pastoral audiences, both nationally and internationally. 

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