Foundations in Faith Year I (FFI)

The Certificate in Catholic Studies FFI provides participants with an opportunity to learn about the rich tradition of the Catholic faith.  In this program participants will explore their faith through the study of Catholicism, Scripture, Jesus, the Sacraments, Prayer, and Catechesis.


  • General Interest in your personal faith formation
  • Volunteer catechists
  • Catholic school teachers
  • Pastoral Assistants in the parishes
  • Others whose ministry would be enriched by formal certification in this field.

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CCS 001 Catholicism

Participants will come to appreciate the purpose of doctrine and the process of theology through which doctrines develop in the Roman Catholic Tradition; develop the skills to articulate personal beliefs, and explain the role and purpose of faith in theology.

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CCS 002 Scripture

With the introduction of a few basic theories, the course will assist the participants in navigating through the world of the Scriptures and consider the Bible’s history, its development, the cultural factors which influenced the events around the writing of the Old and New Testaments, and the influence of the Church documents on the Bible today.

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CCS 003 Jesus

Participants will have the opportunity to examine, from a variety of theological perspectives, what we know and believe about the central figure of the Christian faith – Jesus.

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CCS 004 The Sacraments

The course will present an overview of the theology of the sacraments: the public and the liturgical prayer of the Church, as well as discuss of each of the sacraments within the context of its role in the lives of the faithful.

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CCS 005 Prayer

The course will survey prayer as essential to the lives of Christian people, as individuals, and within the community of faith. Participants will explore the qualities, forms and expressions of prayer.

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CCS 006 Catechesis

The course will consider the ministry of catechesis within the context of the Church’s mission to evangelize.  The General Directory for Catechesis will be used to present the purpose, tasks, and content of catechesis, methodologies for various age groups, the influence of the baptismal catechumenate on the catechetical process, and the importance of the catechist’s vocation.

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To complete this certificate in an academic year students must register for the courses in the following order.

(This does not apply to those who take more than one course per cycle and Certificates are not required to be completed within a year.)

Cycle 1 - CCS-001

Cycle 2 - CCS-006

Cycle 3 - CCS-002

Cycle 4 - CCS-003

Cycle 5 - CCS-005

Cycle 6 - CCS-004