The New Evangelization has called for Catholics to become living vessels of the faith, carrying the Gospel to others through the tasks of daily life. While Catholicism is the world’s largest religion, unfortunately, the second place position belongs to those who used to be Catholic. The need to re-evangelize these former Catholics is what the New Evangelization is all about.
However, so many practicing Catholics today are unable to sufficiently explain the faith, or to assist their fallen away Catholic friends with their journey back home to the Catholic Church because they themselves have not experienced an education which is rooted in truth. Many have not had a systematized education in the faith, or possibly the last religion class they had had was in 8th grade during their confirmation preparations.
Christendom’s graduate school remedies this problem by making an education rooted in truth, tradition, and academic rigor available to most anyone – a recent college graduate with 16 years of Catholic education under his belt, the 30-something aeronautical engineer with no theological background, or the 50-something diplomat working in foreign lands. This type of education not only provides students with a knowledge of the faith, but also a transformation of the person to become new in Christ.
This is precisely what attracted alumnus and convert Fred Stewart to Christendom’s graduate school.
“I wanted a comprehensive, systematic, and in-depth indoctrination, and both my confirmation sponsor and one of my RCIA priest-instructors (Fr. Vander Woude) strongly recommended the grad school,” he says. He explained that his education at the graduate school provided him with an “entirely undiluted and uncompromised presentation of the doctrines and philosophical preambles of the faith.”
The education offered at Christendom’s graduate school makes it easy to become formed in the faith while working full-time, especially with the ability to earn a Master’s degree in Theological Studies in a way which is convenient with one’s schedule. The graduate school offers 100% online courses, on-campus courses, or a mix of both – all at a very affordable price.
“Living in Fairfax, Virginia, as a full-time employee and head-of-household, the grad school was the only Catholic theological educational institution within reasonable commuting distance,” says Stewart. “The sterling reputation and very reasonable tuition of the grad school made it very attractive.”
Stewart was deeply impressed with the faithfulness and knowledge of the professors, and was drawn to their friendliness and care of each student as an individual. His favorites aspects of the program included the instructors, who he found to be expert, articulate, and passionately enthusiastic, as well as the authentically warm and inviting community among faculty and students who worshiped together at Mass before class and frequently socialized together.
The graduate school’s curriculum is primarily focused on Sacred Scripture, the Church Fathers, and Magisterial teaching, offering courses such as Methods of Catechesis and Evangelization, The Pentateuch, Sexual and Biomedical Ethics, and Philosophy of God and Man, all of which provide students with a rich background in Church tradition and doctrine which they can carry into their everyday lives.
“My education benefits me daily, in providing me with the ‘tools’ with which to understand key personal, familial, societal, and ecclesial circumstances and events from a reasonably well-integrated Christian perspective, and to aid others in doing likewise,” says Stewart. “I published a few articles over a decade ago, and over the years I’ve assisted in RCIA programs and given talks on religious topics.”
Christendom’s graduate school education – one of the most affordable in the nation – provides students with an education that delves deep into the truths of the faith, enabling them to answer the call to evangelize in their daily lives.
For more information about the graduate school and to learn how catechists, Catholic school teachers, and Directors of Religious Education can save 50% off tuition, go here.
Contributed by Nuala Kelly (’19).