Revelación Divina y Fe: El dinamismo de un encuentro amoroso

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

Divine Revelation and Faith are two poles in the reality of a loving encounter. God cares for us and enters into the history of men and women, revealing to us the plan of salvation, which reaches plenitude in Jesus Christ. We respond to this encounter through faith.

This course serves as an introduction to the revelation of God and our response of faith. We explore the transmission of revelation and the dynamism of the adventure of faith. Participants use the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Dei Verbum, and Gaudium et Spes as key documents for deepening their understanding of these themes. This course promotes personal reflection and holistic formation in participants.

Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction
  • Basic texts
  • What is revelation?
  • What is faith?
Unit 2: How the Church understands the Revelation of God
  • Desire for God inscribed in the human heart
  • God’s plan of revelation
  • The incarnation of Jesus as part of revelation
Unit 3: The dynamic of Revelation
  • God enters into the history of men and women
  • The Bible as divine pedagogy
  • The fulfillment of revelation: Jesus Christ
Unit 4: Transmission of Revelation
  • The deepest yearnings of the heart and life experiences
  • Sensus fidelium
  • Foundational memory
  • Historical memory
  • Incarnate memory
Unit 5: The Dynamic of Revelation
  • A new creation
  • Characteristics of the response of faith: a new heart
  • Faith restores us to the image and likeness of God
Unit 6: The Adventure of Faith
  • Personal and personalizing faith
  • Faith is totalitarian
  • Faith is progressive 

Required Texts

  • El Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica (available online)
  • Bible
  • Dei Verbum, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (available online)
  • Gaudium et Spes, Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (available online)
  • Brief texts and links to online materials

Recommended Texts

  • Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini (available online)
  • Wednesday Catecheses of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis during the Year of Faith (available online)
  • Brief texts and links to online materials to complement the participants' experience and provide opportunity for deeper reflection on course themes

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 35 Contact Hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.

Meet the Developers

Rev. Virgilio Elizondo and
Mercedes Hoffmann

Rev. Virgilio Elizondo

Rev. Virgilio Elizondo was a Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology at the University of Notre Dame. From humble beginnings as the son of Mexican immigrants, Fr. Elizondo grew up to be the recognized “father of US Latino religious thought,” hailed by Time magazine as one of the top spiritual innovators of the 21st century. Remarkably, Elizondo was equally renowned for his capacities as priest, humanitarian, and scholar. He celebrated Mass before a television audience of more than six million households and was considered the leading interpreter of US Latino religion by the national and international media. Elizondo spoke seven languages, wrote numerous books and articles, and presented more than 40 keynotes and special lectures around the globe. He received several prestigious awards for his work on behalf of immigrants and the Mexican-American community. In 1997, he was the recipient of the Laetare Medal, the highest honor bestowed by Notre Dame. Elizondo's publications include: A God of Incredible Surprises (2003) and Galilean Journey: The Mexican-American Promise (2000). 


Mercedes Hoffmann has over 20 years of experience working in evangelization and faith formation within the Hispanic community in Miami, FL. She received her Masters in Pastoral Ministries for Hispanics and a Doctorate in Ministry from Barry University. She has been a professor in the Southeast Pastoral Institute’s Schools of Ministry since 2007 and serves as a facilitator and coordinator of facilitators for Camino. 

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