Enlighten Course Offerings
Expand Your Knowledge and Deepen Your Faith
New and continuing students are expected 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. Enlighten/ADNY continuing education courses include:
An Introduction to Catholicism | NYAD 0110
The 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.
All students in the Enlighten/ADNY program are required to take the Introduction to Catholicism course first*mbefore they are permitted to register/complete other courses. Additionally, because of the foundational nature of the Introduction course, students are also not permitted to take it concurrently with other courses.
*Catechists only: If you have completed an Introduction course prior to the partnership with Fordham Enlighten, please complete this form. All questions about this and other Enlighten courses and how they apply to catechetical certification should be directed to the ADNY Catechetical Office.
Catholic Moral Teaching | NYAD 0128
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.
Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching | NYAD 0126
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?
Introduction to Holy Scripture | NYAD 0112
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 composed, the various types of scripture, and how the early Church chose books for inclusion into the Bible. The relationship between Holy Scripture and the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and in the lift of the individual believer are integral parts of the course. For an in depth treatment of the relationship between Scripture, tradition, magisterium, and sensus fidelium, sign up for the level 2 workshop.
Understanding the Creed | NYAD 0114
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 in the final judgment.
Unveiling the Sacraments | NYAD 0120
This course will explain the meaning of a sacramental worldview and tis significance for human happiness. Students will receive a brief history as to the development of the seven sacraments and particular instructor on the history and spiritual significance of each sacrament. Particular attention will be paid to baptism and Eucharist. Catholic Social Teaching NYAD 0126 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?