Spiritual growth

Diocese teaming with Boston College to offer two online courses in spirituality

C21-logoThe Diocese of Green Bay is teaming with the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry to offer two courses in spirituality this winter.

The classes being offered through the Jesuit college’s C21 Online learning program are Spiritual Practices, from January 24 to February 4, and Spirituality Matters, from February 7 to March 4.

Grant lowers cost

The courses are available at a special price to Catholics in the Diocese through a grant from the annual Bishop’s Appeal. In addition, the first 20 registrants from parishes in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Shawano, Waupaca, and Waushara counties will be able to take the classes at no cost.

Boston College has been offering C21 Online since fall 2004 as a way to extend its successful Church in the 21st Century initiative to promote greater understanding and personal growth in the faith among adult Catholics. While C21 Online is not a formal part of the C21 Center, it maintains a collaborative relationship with the Center and shares its mission of serving American Catholics in the 21st century.

Course details

  • Spiritual Practices is a two-week guided discussion focused on 20 spiritual practices, including retreats, the Ignatian examen, praying with images, and family life. It uses short, informative articles about each spiritual practice.
  • Spirituality Matters will feature video presentations by Fr. Michael Himes, a professor in the college’s theology department and a popular author, teacher, preacher and workshop presenter. Spirituality Matters will examine how our spirituality affects our total outlook on life and every aspect of daily living. Topics are: What is Spirituality? What is Prayer? What Can Suffering Teach Us? and Do I Need Community? Course costs include Fr. Himes' videos. Participants will need to buy the book "Seven Essentials for the Spiritual Journey" by Dolores R. Leckey.
  • Facilitators will be Melinda Brown Donovan, associate director of continuing education for the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and Paula Raposo, director of adult faith formation at St. Julie Billiart Parish in Dartmouth, Mass.

Additional information

The Diocese has prepared a brochure will additional information on the courses, including special features, and a guide to help individuals determine if online learning is right for them.

C21 Online Winter Course Brochure pdf_button


Kristina DeNeve
Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay
Phone: (920) 272-8304 or 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8304
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Leah Gabrielson
Phone: (920) 272-8209 or 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8209
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