Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers

Next Session: Jun 13, 2022

Starting June 13, 2022, Foundations of Catholic Belief replaces Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers. Learn more about the new course and sign up.

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Course Description

Tailored to the needs of Catholic school teachers, “Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers” is an edited version of STEP’s popular “Core Course: An Introduction to the Catholic Faith.” The course offers an informational and enriching introduction to the Catholic faith using the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults as the primary text.

This foundational course for Catholic school teachers provides a deeper understanding of Catholic beliefs and practices and an opportunity to grow in faith with other educators in a supportive learning environment.

Course Content

Unit 1: Faith Development

Unit 2: Scripture

Unit 3: The Creed/ Jesus Christ

Unit 4: The Church

Unit 5: Sacraments, Liturgy and Prayer

Unit 6: Morality

Lisa Orchen

Lisa Orchen

Lisa Orchen graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in 1988 and returned to Notre Dame to earn a Master of Divinity in 1994. She is a certified Chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and has served as a hospital chaplain, Director of Campus Ministry and as a Pastoral Associate for a vibrant parish in Connecticut. She serves as a trained catechist for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, writes for Liturgy Training Publications and leads archdiocesan workshops and retreats.

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.  Lisa edited the course content and adjusted additional readings to better suit the experience of Catholic school teachers.