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CDU Partners with the Magis Institute

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Mon, Jul 06, 2020 @ 01:54 PM

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CDU is expanding its partnership with Rev. Robert J. Spitzer and the Magis Institute. Father Spitzer, who is a member of the Advisory Board, teaches courses on science-based apologetics. Now his 10-hour, non-credit program will be certified by CDU. This partnership broadens the scope of CDU influence in promoting the compatibility of faith and science.

Grad Embraces Online Education

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Mon, Jul 06, 2020 @ 01:50 PM

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Lucas Jacobson of New Hope, Minnesota, earned his BA degree in Theology in 2018 and is now pursuing his MA degree in Theology and Educational Ministry. A full-time student, Lucas decided to pursue the study of theology because he figured that if he is going to spend eternity with God, he better get to know something about Him now.

“What I really enjoy about CDU is that one can obtain a degree in Catholic Theology online,” Lucas says. “I have a physical disability, Cerebral Palsy, and use a wheelchair for mobility. I live in Minnesota, and the snow in the winter is hard for my chair to maneuver,” he says.

“For those who have a hard time going out in the community, [the online option] is very beneficial,” Lucas says. “Additionally, one can receive instruction from very knowledgeable instructors [who] are authentic individuals, living out the Catholic faith they teach about. This is very inspiring.”

Lucas began his studies in the first year federal financial aid was made available to students at CDU, which has helped to put his educational goals within reach.

Eventually Lucas hopes to pursue a career as a Theology professor for an online higher education institution. He has also considered the possibility of motivational speaking or pursuing a doctorate if a fully online program can be found, but says he will see where God leads him.

“I sense that God has been calling me into a deeper relationship with him through his mother, Mary, so that I can lead others into their own relationship with God as someone who has personal experience of it,” he says.

Lucas is thankful to those who have helped him along the way. “I am very grateful for everyone who has supported me, including the CDU professors and staff.” He encourages everyone to think about who has helped them throughout their lives and to thank them in some manner.

New Trustee Bishop Brennan Blesses CDU Headquarters

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Mon, Jul 06, 2020 @ 01:45 PM


On March 2nd, Bishop Mark Brennan, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling- Charleston, visited Catholic Distance University’s new offices at 300 South George Street in Charles Town, West Virginia. After offering Mass in the chapel, Bishop Brennan blessed the building and met with the CDU team.

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We are excited to welcome Bishop Brennan to our Board of Trustees and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston as a continuing education partner.

A compassionate, humble leader, Bishop Brennan has a passion for serving immigrants and the poor. He naturally embraces CDU’s mission to educate learners worldwide for the growth of faith, ecclesial service, and leadership for the new evangelization.

Free and Low Cost Courses Offered During Pandemic

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Mon, Jul 06, 2020 @ 01:41 PM

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, we are blessed that our students are continuing their online studies without disruption.

During Lent, a free continuing education course was offered to help believers connect with others, deepen their faith, and share in God’s love. Over 500 students enrolled from across the United States, Qatar, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and Spain. As a follow up “Pentecost special” offer, two new continuing education courses were promotionally priced at only $25. CDU is blessed to be a blessing to others!

Webinars Are on Fire!

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Mon, Jul 06, 2020 @ 01:37 PM

“Very informative”... “Worthwhile!”… “I am a fan.” These comments are just a sample of the feedback received from the 900 people registered for CDU’s free March webinar, What Luther Got Right and Wrong. More than 1,100 registered for the free May 6th webinar, Islam and the Catholic Church: A Conversation. One viewer wrote in thanks, “I’m sure most practicing Catholics do not know a great deal about Islam, so I’m very grateful. The webinar gave us a chance to gain information on a subject that is not aired often in our part of the world, Sydney NSW.” The Church’s Best Kept Secret: Catholic Social Teaching was held on June 3rd.

Making the Case for Christ

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Mon, Jul 06, 2020 @ 01:25 PM

Given our increasingly secular and atheistic society, many people today have doubts about the basic tenets of Christianity, especially young people. Therefore, the need to equip Catholics to credibly, convincingly, and compellingly explain and share why we believe what we do has never been greater. A central belief of Christianity is that Jesus is the fully human and divine Son of God. But how do we know Jesus himself made that claim and how can we know if it is true? Making the Case for Christ, a 3-week apologetics seminar offered July 6 – 27, persuasively answers these questions. The seminar is taught by Steven R. Hemler, author and president of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America (CAINA). Enroll today!

From Our President

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Mon, Jul 06, 2020 @ 01:06 PM



To begin, I want to thank everyone who has prayed for the safety and good health of our students, our faculty, our staff, and our Board of Trustees during this Pandemic. As far as I know, the CDU Family has been spared the effects of COVID-19, and we hope and pray that God will continue to protect us. CDU has a unique perspective in the world of Catholic higher education. As the only Catholic ONLINE university, we have not missed a second of our daily schedule and responsibilities. Our academic terms and curriculum are planned a year in advance, our terms begin and end promptly, our faculty teach and support students with the help of our Student Success Team, our Board of Trustees meets on their schedule, and CDU has continued a new strategic planning process during the pandemic.

However, we continue to learn of great stresses in higher education, especially for faculty suddenly forced to teach online and administrators dealing with obsolete financial models because of empty dormitories and luxurious but unused campus facilities.

Because of our expertise in online education, three recent projects have been added to our workload. One of those projects is the preparation and execution of a 10-hour, 4-week course, Teaching in a Digital World, for international faculty whose institutions are members of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), headquartered in Paris, France. CDU is a member of IFCU and is delighted to educate international faculty to teach online.

As we return to a “new normal” there will be a growing recognition of online education. While CDU was an anomaly only a few months ago in the world of Catholic higher education, we think our modality will be a permanent part of the future of Catholic higher education.

Gala Fun!

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Sun, Mar 08, 2020 @ 02:24 PM

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The Gala on November 16, 2019, at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., was a huge success. We are thrilled that you celebrated with us. More than 250 of our friends and supporters gathered to honor The Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and our graduates.

If you missed seeing the photos, visit here. You can download photos without charge. Call Annie at 443-257-6022 for assistance.

We hope you are making plans to join us at our 2020 Gala. Look for the “save the date” announcement soon.

New Part-time Staff Members Are Welcomed

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Sun, Mar 08, 2020 @ 02:20 PM

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Kathleen Mallow-Sager, who is now assisting CDU part-time in graphic design and website support. Kathleen holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Teaching from Mount St. Mary’s University.

“CDU prepared me well to serve the New Evangelization,” she says.

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Mary McKay, a 2018 CDU MA in Theology graduate, is now engaging and supporting our students as an additional student life coordinator. Married for almost 43 years, Mary has 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren and volunteers in a variety of adult faith formation endeavors at two different parishes.

Dr. Gara’s Biology Course Promotes Faithful Teachings

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Sun, Mar 08, 2020 @ 02:13 PM

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We are excited to welcome Dr. Catherine Gara to the faculty as an undergraduate biology professor. Dr. Gara holds a doctorate in biology from The Johns Hopkins University. She is a freelance science writer who specializes in “translating” scientific research into lay language. She also has a broad range of professional and volunteer teaching experience from the elementary to undergraduate levels. In March 2019, Dr. Gara will teach General Biology, a course that will combine an exploration into the order and complexity of living beings by studying the continuum of life’s components from molecules to organisms. She will do this in a manner that is mindful of the dictum of Augustine and Aquinas that God is known not only through the Book of Revelation but through the book of nature as well. Appropriate attention will be given to the theological ramifications of topics, including evolution and assisted reproductive technologies. Students who complete this course will be able to apply their knowledge to better understand their moral dimensions and gain a new appreciation for the world around them.