Catholic Diocese of Dallas

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Adult Faith Formation Course Description

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501 Church History

(English)

This course is open to any adult wishing to learn more about the Catholic faith.

Church History goes beyond a series of facts that happened at a certain time in human history. It
is our own history. Church History illustrates how a community, guided by the Holy Spirit, has evolved throughout the centuries. These events and actions are filled with joy and sorrow
that remember an essential truth for us: We are the Mystical Body of Christ in human history, in
the struggle to remain faithful to the Gospel, and to see ourselves as the mustard seed that should
grow and bear fruit.

Objectives
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate the major periods in Church History
  • Understand a developing faith; the life in the Early Church
  • Understand the development of Church hierarchy
  • Identify the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church
  • Explain the major divisions in Church History
  • Describe the challenges of American Catholic Church
  • Explain the impact of the Second Vatican Council
  • Explain the contributions of Vatican II and post Vatican II Popes