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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.

CDU Pursues ATS Accreditation

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Sun, Mar 08, 2020 @ 02:09 PM

Catholic Distance University is hosting a comprehensive evaluation visit for initial accreditation by the ATS Commission on Accrediting from March 16 to 19, 2020. The purpose of this visit is to verify that the school meets all applicable Commission Standards of Accreditation.* Comments regarding how well the school meets those standards and/or demonstrates educational quality may be sent to the ATS Director of Commission Information Services ( or 412-788-6505) at least two weeks before the visit. Comments may also be sent to Mary Kate White, Director of Communications ( or 304-724-5000, ext. 717). All comments will be shared with the onsite evaluation committee.

To read the standards, click here. 

Course Update

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Sun, Mar 08, 2020 @ 02:04 PM

SCRPT 662 The Synoptic Gospels has been updated with newly written lectures, audio lectures, and online discussions. This course, taught by Father John Worgul, offers an in-depth study of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke that present the life, Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. The course also explores the differences in these three gospels. CDU is committed to continuously improving curriculum for its students.

Dr. Marie Nuar Promoted to Faculty Chair

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Sun, Mar 08, 2020 @ 02:01 PM

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In January, faculty member Dr. Marie Nuar returned from Rome to begin working at CDU full time as faculty chair, a role that combines teaching and administrative responsibilities. Dr. Nuar has spent over 11 years overseas, living mostly in Rome and Cairo and Old City Jerusalem. She holds a doctorate in Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, an MA in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, an MA in Jewish Studies from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and an STL in Missiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Dr. Nuar also has a license in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome and is proficient in Arabic.


“I really like the interaction and sharing what I have learned with students. To me, learning information without sharing it is like a lake that has an inflow but no outflow. It becomes stagnant and in the extreme, dead, like the Dead Sea,” 


Dr. Nuar taught as an adjunct professor of theology at St. John’s University, Rome campus and as an adjunct professor for The Catholic University of America’s Rome campus. She also enjoyed working as a guide for the excavations beneath St. Peter’s Basilica. With expertise in Judaism, Islam and Christianity, she says, “the details can make a large difference. For instance, all three religions would posit that the world and humans are created by a benevolent God, that there are objective standards that he puts forth for what is right and wrong, that human beings have freedom to follow these standards or not, but that they will be judged accordingly.”

“The difference lies in Christianity’s belief in the Incarnation,” she explains. “’The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that He, made man, might make men gods” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Opusc. 57, 1-4.) She adds, “And that makes all the difference.”