"The great artist Caravaggio captured a moment in time when Matthew the tax collector had a life changing encounter with Jesus Christ. We need such an encounter with Jesus, not only at the beginning of our faith journey, but as an ongoing experience throughout our lives. I would like to invite you to join the distinguished faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary on a Lenten journey as we explore how we encounter Christ in Word, Sacrament, and in the daily events of our lives."
– Dr. John Gresham
Director of Distance Education & Online Learning, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
This FREE non-credit course is being offered online using the seminary's learning management system, Canvas. Upon signing up for the course, students will receive credentials for accessing the online class.
The class will be conducted online giving students the freedom to engage with the material and complete course tasks around their own schedule. The class will consist of six modules which can be completed according to the individual's own pace.
Each module will be taught by one of our distinguished faculty members and include:- Weekly Lecture Video (~20 minutes)
- Supplemental Reading Material (~30-minutes)
- Weekly Online Discussion Forum
- Personal Assessment Quiz
The goal of the course is not to deliver a high level of rigor or stress, but
Consider this a Lenten retreat experience for the lay faithful, done at your own pace and guided by six globally esteemed professors from Sacred Heart, all of whom help
What will be covered?
Encountering Christ in Scripture | Dr. Peter Williamson
Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Sacred Scripture - Instructor Bio
Encountering Christ in the Sacraments | Fr. Peter Ryan, S.J.
Professor of Theology - Instructor Bio
Encountering Christ in Everyday Life - the Examen Prayer | Dr. Patricia Cooney-Hathaway
Professor of Spiritual and Systematic Theology - Instructor Bio
Encountering Christ in Suffering | Dr. Eduardo Echeverria
Professor Philosophy and Theology - Instructor Bio
Encountering Christ in the Poor | Msgr. Daniel Trapp
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology,
Liturgy and Sacraments - Instructor Bio
What is Encounter? Insights from Pope Francis | Dr. Donald Wallenfang
Professor of Theology and Philosophy - Instructor Bio