Archdiocese of New York

Register for Adult Faith Formation / Lay Leadership Courses


Welcome to Fordham University's collaboration with the Archdiocese of New York. This continuing education program involves six courses. You can find out more about these courses below. Each course runs for approximately six weeks. We plan to offer two courses each term: fall, spring, and summer.

The next courses will begin April 24, 2017 and registration opens April 3rd, 2017. Be sure to check back here for updates and other information. And if you have questions, contact our office at 718-817-4800 or email

Understanding the Creed and Introduction to Holy Scripture begin April 24

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Course Descriptions

NYAD 110 - An Introduction to Catholicism | April 24th, 2017 
This course will introduce students to the multifaceted nature of Catholicism in a historical framework. Students will be introduced to key concepts such as the meaning of faith, the nature of revelation, the analogy of faith, the concept of social salvation, and an awareness of the Church as a "mystery." In short, the course will help students to see the connection between their lives as Catholics and a God who uses history as a form of communication, who becomes incarnate, and who forms a sacramental community of faith.

NYAD 114 - Understanding the Creed
Students will be briefly introduced to the historical context behind the creeds before turning to consider the articles of the creed. The lectures will follow the Catechism's treatment of the 12 articles of the Nicene creed, with some particular care in addressing the issue of the final judgement.

NYAD 116 - Understanding the Holy Scripture | April 24th, 2017 
This course will introduce students to basic concepts that are necessary for reading Holy Scripture. The students will learn how the books of scripture were comprised, the various types of scripture, and how the early Church chose books for inclusion in the Bible. The relationship between Holy Scripture and the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and in the life of the individual believer will be treated in the latter part of the course.

NYAD 120 - Unveiling the Sacraments
This course will explain the meaning of a sacramental worldview and its significance for human happiness. Students will receive a brief history as to the development of the seven sacraments and particular instruction on the history and spiritual significance of each sacrament. Particular attention with be paid to baptism and Eucharist.

NYAD 124 - Moral and Social Teaching
Students will be introduced to a Catholic understanding of what it means to be human and how to reach fulfillment or happiness in life, which the Catechism sometimes refers to as beatitude. The course will cover how the Church understands conscience, sin, virtue, and the common good. Students will learn key distinctions such as the difference between an act being immoral and being sinful.

NYAD 130 - Trinity and Christology
Trinity and Christology are fundamental aspects of the Catholic faith, but they can be difficult for modern people to grasp. This course will explain why these doctrines developed as they did and will point to their spiritual significance. While part of the course will cover the major councils that developed these doctrines, it will also show how our understanding of Christ and the incarnation has adapted to cultural conditions in the past. Students will learn the difference between high and low Christology and hoe they are both legitimate ways of understanding Jesus Christ, which can be useful for both evangelization and catechesis.


Register for ADNY Continuing Education Courses

On the application page please choose "I am participating in the Archdiocese of NY Continuing Education Program" from the dropdown menu. You will proceed with the application from here. Please complete all informational fields including Personal, Parish Information, Signature, and Review.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Lauren Manzino, Admissions Administrator, at or 718-817-4810.

Registration opens April 3rd, 2017! 

Contact Us

For application questions and concerns please contact:

Jodi Hunt, director of admission

Lauren Manzino, admission administrator and counselor

For registration questions please contact:

Patrick Holt, assistant dean