Catholic Countdown: 12 Days to Religious Literacy for Parents, Teachers, and Teens

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Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
University Professor, Saint Joseph’s University
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Catholic Countdown: 12 Days to Religious Literacy for Parents, Teachers, and Teens

Podcast-style audio course -
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
University Professor, Saint Joseph’s University
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

Catholics worldwide are clamoring for a clear, accessible course on the fundamentals of our faith. If you’re one of them, join. Fr. Bill Byron, one of America’s leading Catholic educators, for this lively 12-lecture course. The former president of three Catholic colleges and author of thirteen books on Catholic reflections on issues of everyday life, Fr. Byron is the perfect guide for such a journey.

This series is not a dictionary of theology or a compendium of all Catholic doctrine; it is a dynamic, informative overview of Catholic teaching, of the essentials, the main lines of what Catholics believe. 

The theology you pick up here can help you in your search for meaning as well as assist you in your living, breathing relationships with God and your fellow humans. What you learn from these presentations will also contribute to your becoming an all-around better human being.

Fr. Byron organized this series as a countdown from the Ten Commandments, through the Eight Beatitudes, Seven Sacraments, Four Cardinal Virtues, the Blessed Trinity, all

Catholics worldwide are clamoring for a clear, accessible course on the fundamentals of our faith. If you’re one of them, join. Fr. Bill Byron, one of America’s leading Catholic educators, for this lively 12-lecture course. The former president of three Catholic colleges and author of thirteen books on Catholic reflections on issues of everyday life, Fr. Byron is the perfect guide for such a journey.

This series is not a dictionary of theology or a compendium of all Catholic doctrine; it is a dynamic, informative overview of Catholic teaching, of the essentials, the main lines of what Catholics believe. 

The theology you pick up here can help you in your search for meaning as well as assist you in your living, breathing relationships with God and your fellow humans. What you learn from these presentations will also contribute to your becoming an all-around better human being.

Fr. Byron organized this series as a countdown from the Ten Commandments, through the Eight Beatitudes, Seven Sacraments, Four Cardinal Virtues, the Blessed Trinity, all the way down to the notion of the one God, the unity of God. By using this method, you’ll remember what you learn and deepen your faith as you move throughout the world.

This course includes a free PDF study guide prepared by your professor and course producer.

This course was previously published as Catholic Education: What Every Catholic Parent and Teacher Should Be Talking About

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Rev. William J. Byron, S.J., Ph.D., is University Professor at Saint Joseph’s University and a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He is past president of The Catholic University of America and the University of Scranton, and he served as interim president of Loyola University in New Orleans. He previously served as pastor of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Ethics at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community.
After service in the army’s 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment from 1945-46, he attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia for three years before entering the Jesuit order in 1950. Rev. Byron also holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, two theology degrees from Woodstock College, and a bachelor’s degree, licentiate in philosophy, and a master’s degree in economics from Saint Louis University. 
He was the 1999 recipient of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities’ Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for his contributions over the years to the advancement of Catholic higher education. In that same year, he received the Council of Independent Colleges’ Academic Leadership Award. Rev. Byron holds 30 honorary degrees and is the author of 10 books, including Quadrangle Considerations (1989), which won the Catholic Press Association’s best book award in the education category. That same association gave its first place award in the Best Essay category to his “Structural Adjustments for a Church Working Its Way through Crisis,” in the Winter 2004 issue of Church magazine.

  • Introduction: An Overview of the Countdown
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Nine Pauline Criteria and The Old Idea of a Novena
  • The Eight Beatitudes
  • The Seven Sacraments
  • The Six Precepts of the Church
  • Five Central Ideas
  • Four Marks of the Church and Four Cardinal Values
  • The Holy Trinity
  • Two Great Commandments and The Two Standards
  • One God: Christian Unity The Cross

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