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Don't Miss CDU's New Spring Seminar

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 @ 03:08 PM

Why Would a Loving God Allow Evil, Pain, and Suffering?

If God loves us so much and is so powerful, why does He allow us to suffer from the effects of evil human behavior, physical and emotional pain, and natural disasters? This three-week online apologetics seminar looks at how the greatest Christian thinkers of all time have dealt with the problem of pain and the mystery of suffering. This includes exploring why God would allow moral and natural evil, as well as exploring ways suffering can help us find the proper perspective in life.

Personal testimonies, including from the lives of several saints, show how suffering can teach us spiritual truths, build our character, and stimulate growth in sanctity and holiness. Christians are challenged to view suffering and hardship as signs of God’s love as well as opportunities for spiritual growth by focusing on Jesus who experienced pain and suffering himself and deeply cares about the sufferings we undergo. Understanding the purpose of suffering should cause one to become better instead of bitter. As such, this apologetics seminar will support participants as they undertake the Spiritual Works of Mercy to “comfort the afflicted,” “counsel the doubtful,” and “instruct the uninformed.”

 Seminar Topics:

Week One: Why does God allow moral evil (evil human behavior)?

Week Two:  Why does God allow natural evil (earthquakes, disease, etc.)?

Week Three: Does suffering have a useful purpose?

This seminar is the fifth of six seminars in the new continuing education Certificate in Apologetics.  Enroll now at  for this April 30-May 21 seminar.

Bishop Welsh's Coat of Arms

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 @ 03:06 PM


This coat of arms combines (left) the arms of the Diocese of Arlington and that of Bishop Thomas J. Welsh. The large star circled by ten smaller stars signifies Virginia’s entry as the tenth state of the Union. It also represents Mary as “Star of the Sea” and “Star of the Morning.” The horizontal band with scallops is adapted from the shield of Saint Thomas More, a patron saint of the Cathedral. The crescent at the bottom of the shield symbolizes the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, patroness of the United States. On the right, the arrowheads are adapted from the Welsh family coat of arms. The chevron with an arrowhead signifies the Bishop’s patron saint, St. Thomas the Apostle. The crowned “humilitas” is taken from the coat of arms of St. Charles Borromeo, the Philadelphia seminary where Bishop Welsh served as rector. The cross and the three-tiered, tassled green hat are symbolic of the office of Bishop. The motto, “With Mary as Model, Make All Things New,” reflects the past service given the Church by the Blessed Virgin and Saint Charles Borromeo and the present challenge for dynamic renewal.

Enjoy One-of-a-Kind Theological Analyses by CDU Graduates

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 @ 03:02 PM

Digital Continent is a quarterly web based magazine dedicated to CDU’s graduate students pursuing Masters degrees and their noteworthy efforts at theological scholarship.  The Master's theses published are a culmination of years of careful study of The Word of God and the sources of Sacred Tradition. 

As a friend of CDU, we are eager to share this one of a kind publication and hope you enjoy in-depth research on interesting Catholic topics like The Examination of Genesis 4:1-6 (Cain & Abel) and its use in the New Testament by Martin Timoney.

Review and choose from a wide variety of topics like:

  • The Mystery of Human suffering as revealed to Sister Maria Faustina Kowalski, O.L.M by Araceli V. Lardizabal-Carnazzo, MD
  • Philosophical Inconsistency in the Popular Understanding of Gender: A Defense of the Sexed Body and its Significance to the Gender by Colten P. Maertens.
  • From Heresy to Orthodoxy: The Fourth Lutheran Council, the Trinity and the Church Today by Clarissa Hutcheson.
  • Geborgenheit and the Tabor Vision Beheld and Treasured in the Heart of Woman. (What Modern Personalists Reveal about Women) by Julianne Stokes

Digital Continent is always available at  Sign up on our website for new issues to be emailed to you or contact to be added to the mailing list.


Posted by Catholic Distance University on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 @ 02:55 PM

Catholic Distance University & Alumni Chairman Dr. Angelo Giardino invite you to reconnect in fellowship today.

“… So that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”  Romans 1:12

Email Annie at with your home contact information and preferred email address.

Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support CDU!

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 @ 02:45 PM

While you are making your purchases on Amazon, remember that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

Important!  Only purchases made at, not or the mobile app, generate AmazonSmile donations.


Continuing Adult Education: Part Of A Life-Long Faithful Journey

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 05:08 PM


CDU’s Continuing Education courses help adults learn the Truth through on-demand, independent study.  Students enroll for a variety of reasons, including to earn certificates and continuing education credits required for their employment in dioceses, parishes, or Catholic schools.  CDU offers 12 basic and advanced certificate programs and more than 60 courses to learn more about the Catholic Faith.

Student Karen Greiber was raised Catholic, but her religious education classes did not teach her much about the Faith.  Hungry to learn in college, she spent the next 10 years of her life studying. “I was so afraid to believe the wrong thing, that I would believe nothing unless it could be proven,” she says.  Today, Karen continues her faithful journey by taking CDU continuing education courses. 

 Members of CDU’s partner dioceses can take courses for as low as $30.  If your diocese is not a continuing education partner, encourage a diocesan contact to join today.

CDU Welcomes New Distinguished Members Of The Board Of Trustees

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 04:59 PM

CDU welcomes three new members to our Board of Trustees. These reputable leaders will bring new talent and ideas to guide CDU, the first and only fully online Catholic university, boldly into the future to communicate the mind and heart of the Catholic Church across the globe.

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The Most Reverend Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington

 Bishop Burbidge holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo, an M.A. in Education Administration from Villanova University, and a doctorate in Education from Immaculata College. After serving as a parish priest, faculty member and dean of students at St. Charles Borromeo, he was named Honorary Prelate to His Holiness Pope John Paul II, with the title of Monsignor, and later appointed Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

 In 2002, he was ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Pope Benedict XVI then named Bishop Burbidge the fifth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh in 2006. Ten years later, Pope Francis announced him as the fourth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

Bishop Burbidge courageously advocates for human dignity and rights issues. He serves as the Chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, and is a member of the Administrative and Communications Committees. He has been an advisor for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors. Bishop Burbidge is a current member of the Board of Trustees for Catholic University and previously served on the Board of Trustees for St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. The Bishop recently fulfilled his role of Co-Chair of the Pontifical Council’s International Catholic Pentecostal Dialogue and managed the development of a new Cathedral dedicated in 2017.

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Theodore Musco

Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis, Ted serves as both the Executive Director of the School for Evangelization and Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. Ted is a proven innovator in Catholic education. With experience managing a range of Catholic educational programs from Youth and Spanish Language to RCIA and online leadership, Ted’s administrative knowledge and entrepreneurial execution are assets to CDU. Previously, he was the Associate Superintendent of Schools and Vicariate Representative in New York. Ted is a graduate of Fairfield University.


Stephen Pryor

 Before his appointment in 2008 as president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Stephen was president of ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company and president of ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties Company. He also served as Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation from 2004 until his retirement. Before the 1999 merger, Mr. Pryor was Executive Vice President of Mobil International Marketing and Refining and president of Mobil Asia Pacific. He joined Mobil Corporation in 1971 in the U.S. Marketing Division and went on to lead marketing / refining and chemical business units in Cyprus, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 He was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) and a Director of the International Council of Chemical Associations. He received ACC’s Distinguished Leadership Award in 2014, SCI’s 2015 Chemical Industry Medal and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers 2016 Petrochemical Heritage Award. He chaired the Downstream Committee of the American Petroleum Institute and the Energy Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers.

He is a Trustee of Lafayette College and former Vice Chair of the Board, and a Trustee of the Immokalee Foundation. He and his wife Kathy are active in Catholic charities. He earned a BA in biology from Lafayette College in 1971 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1975.


Bishop Michael Burbidge, Mr. Theodore Musco and Mr. Stephen Pryor join an experienced CDU Board of Trustees that includes, Board Chairman Dr. Charles Wasaff; Vice-Chair and Chancellor Archbishop Timothy Broglio; CDU President Dr. Marianne Evans Mount; Ms. Jean Halle; Dr. Joseph Braddock; The Most Reverend Michael Bransfield; Mr. Daniel Curtin; Reverend Paul deLadurantaye; Reverend Thomas Ferguson; Dr. Angelo Giardino; Reverend Mr. David Galvin; Ms. Barbara Keebler; The Most Reverend Paul Loverde; The Hon. Susan Malone; Mr. John McCabe; Dr. Margaret Melady; Mrs. Barbara Murphy; Mr. Robert J. Smith; Mr. Michael Warsaw; and Sister Mary Brendon Zajac.

Catholic Distance University Launches New Website!

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 04:56 PM

Catholic Distance University has launched a new, mobile-friendly website that features fresh and original content and is easy to navigate. The site has a new look and is optimized for viewing on any platform or screen size.

We have simplified our content and made it easier to access information about our academic programs. This exciting new communications tool will enable students and prospects alike to find the information they need quickly and efficiently, helping CDU to further its mission to communicate the mind and heart of the Church in a digital world.

 Visit our new website today at

CDU Digital Library Continues Expansion Through Innovative Partnerships

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 04:48 PM

digital library(2).jpgThe online library has joined the Odilo Consortia, a network of 13 theological libraries that developed a marketplace for sharing eBooks among members.  The ten Protestant and three Catholic libraries in the partnership currently share more than 1,000 religious titles, a number that rapidly continues to grow.  This new resource augments CDU’s on-demand library services and content, supporting students across the world.

 Many of our students without local library resources are able to access eBooks immediately on their digital and mobile devices through CDU’s online library. CDU’s librarian efficiently acquires the eBooks and resources faculty and students want and need.

 Digital libraries are the future, and CDU is leading the way to provide materials and education to communicate the mind and heart of the Church in a digital world.  If you would like to sponsor new ebooks for our library, please contact Annie at

Thank You!

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 03:04 PM

Sharing your knowledge with others, introducing CDU to your friends and supporting us with generous donations enables us to “Teach all nations.” CDU communicates the mind and heart of the Church in a digital world across the globe.  We are grateful because we cannot fulfill His plan without you!