The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) is a growing initiative to offer adult religious education and faith formation anytime and anywhere via the internet. The goal is to support the church's professional ministry of religious education and faith formation in cyberspace.
The VLCFF is coordinated and sponsored by the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives (IPI) at the University of Dayton - a Catholic Marianist Institution.
Our mission is to mobilize the resources of the University of Dayton for partnerships with the Church that create and implement innovative pastoral initiatives designed to meet the needs of the Church and to articulate faith within the context of contemporary culture.
Top Catholic Film Reviewer to be Honored
DAYTON, Ohio — An internationally respected film reviewer will receive an award from the University of Dayton for her work in using mass media to communicate Gospel values.
The University's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives will award the Daniel J. Kane Religious Communications Award on March 6 to Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P., for her outstanding lifetime contribution to the communications ministry of the Catholic Church through film and media studies.
"Sister Rose is a prolific writer, lecturer and movie critic, whose approach to film truly exemplifies the spirit of the Kane award," said Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, M.H.S.H., director of the institute. "Her reviews help moviegoers see the messages and lessons of the Gospel in mainstream movies and find God's grace in everything from children's cartoons to adult dramas." Read More
Most Reverend Anthony Bosco VLCFF Scholarship
The Bosco VLCFF Scholarship is named for the Most Reverend Anthony Bosco, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Greensburg, PA, who passed away on July 3, 2013. Bishop Bosco was a staunch supporter of the VLCFF initiative. He was a much loved VLCFF Facilitator for almost ten years. E-learners appreciated the clarity he offered them, for a deeper appreciation and love for Church teachings, along with the pastoral sensitivity he offered for enriching their journey of faith. He truly was our VLCFF Bishop. Read More
New VLCFF Course: Introduction to The Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel.
Pope Francis' first Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel is inspiring Catholics and non-Catholics around the world. The VLCFF has designed a five week e-course based upon The Joy of the Gospel. It is our hope that the VLCFF e-course offers you an opportunity to begin to delve deeply into the insights Pope Francis shares with us both from the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on new evangelization, and from his vision for the Church today. All those in Catholic education and various ecclesial ministries need to be informed about the wisdom of this document for effectively engaging in ministry today. All Catholics will discover the beauty, inspiration and ease for understanding Pope Francis' challenge for us in the 21st century.
Our first class is scheduled for Cycle 2, 2014. You do not want to miss this opportunity!
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