Archdiocese of New York

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Faith Education for Today’s Catholic
A joint program of the Archdiocese of New York and Fordham University

Since its founding 175 years ago, Fordham has steadfastly honored its mission of educating students in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Today, in partnership with the Archdiocese of New York, Fordham continues this tradition with Enlighten, an online adult faith education program.

Enlighten offers you new online courses that will help you understand and live your Catholic faith.

Who Should Participate in Enlighten?

  • Those involved in parish leadership or ministry
  • Catechists and youth ministers looking to satisfy certification requirements or simply renew their knowledge
  • All who are interested in learning more about their faith

Program Highlights

  • The all-online Enlighten program offers parishioners of the Archdiocese of New York the opportunity to explore their faith, church history, and church teachings.
  • Through coursework, you will examine the scriptures, the sacraments, Catholic social teaching, and more.
  • All instructors have ample experience in teaching catechesis.
  • Each course is designed in a way that caters to adult learners.
  • You’ll have many opportunities to discuss course content with other students and the broader faith community.

Program Basics

  • Six core courses run for six weeks each.
  • Each week, coursework is delivered in small modules that can be completed at a time that's convenient for you. 
  • Lectures are presented in a combination of video and audio format.
  • Readings and other resources are provided.
  • Participation in the program is a step toward certification for catechists and other lay leaders.
  • Currently the program is open to parishioners of the Archdiocese of New York, which covers all costs.

Please note we expect continuing students to register for each course at least two weeks before the course begins. This allows us time to open enough classes for everyone and resolve any other issues so that you may have a positive experience starting each course.

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

View the Program Overview

Course Descriptions

NYAD 110 - An Introduction to Catholicism | June 5th, 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 | June 5th, 2017
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 | June 5th, 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 126 - Catholic Social Teaching

Students will be introduced to a Catholic understanding of what it means to be and act as human as outlined in Catholic teachings on social justice. The course will cover how the Church understands the dignity of the human person and the common good as well as how they interplay with the New Evangelization, answering the question: What does living Catholic social teaching mean for today?

NYAD 128 - Catholic Moral Teaching

The course will examine 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.





Continuing students are expected to register for each course at least 7 days before thecourse begins. In doing so, this will allows enough time for us to ensure room in courses for everyone as well as resolve any other issues so that you are given a positive experience of starting each course.

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.

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