Foundations in Faith Year II (FFII)

Prerequisite - Foundations in Faith I

The advanced FFII includes six additional courses, each of approximately 25 hours offered over a five week period.  Each course requires the completion of readings, assignments, and participation in online discussions.

The Certificate in Catholic Studies FFII offers participants the opportunity to expand and deepen their knowledge of the Catholic Faith, through the study of On Good Soil, Christian Morality, the New Testament, the Old Testament, Church History I and Church History II. 


  • 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.


CCS 007 On Good Soil

The Canadian Bishops’ publication On Good Soil: Pastoral Planning for Evangelization and Catechesis with Adults will provide participants with relevant reflection, constructive suggestions and sound orientations for effective, life-giving evangelizing and catechetical ministry with adults.

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CCS 008 The New Testament

The course will explore the stories in and behind the writings of the New Testament; introducing the participants to the cultural context, composition, themes and pastoral applications of the New Testament accounts and at the same time, expanding their understanding of the Bible.

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CCS 009 The Old Testament

The course will help participants to understand better and appreciate the biblical context, structure, authoring, meaning, and historical impact of the Old Testament accounts.

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CCS 010 Moral Theology

The course will introduce participants to the moral principles and convictions that give meaning to our actions, as well as examine the role Scripture, the Church, and conscience play in shaping how we act and how our behaviour is a response to the human community.

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CCS 011 Church History I

Church History I is one of two parts of a basic introduction to the History of the Church. Here the participants will study the period from Pentecost to the beginning of the Reformation.

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CCS 012 Church History II

(Prerequisite: CCS-011 Church History I)

Church History II navigates the participants from the Reformation through the Second Vatican Council into the 21st century. Here, the participants will explore the cultural, political, social and religious factors which influenced the Church’s journey, and learn how significant men and women emerged to support and challenge the Church’s understanding of herself and her relationship with the world.

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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-009

Cycle 2 - CCS-011

Cycle 3 - CCS-012

Cycle 4 - CCS-010

Cycle 5 - CCS-008

Cycle 6 - CCS-007