The Catholic University of America

  Master of Catechesis - Summer 2014



Summer 2014


May 27 - July 25  


  Orientation (online): May 27-June1
  Online Courses begin: June 2
  Online Courses end:
July 25

Courses & Instructors


Peter Murphy

Dr. Peter J. Murphy works for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Executive Director for the Secretariat on Evangelization and Catechesis. He has a Doctorate in Ministry at the Catholic University of America as well as Master’s degrees in Theology and Counseling. Peter has worked as a grade school teacher, residence hall director, College Director of Student Formation and Administrative Faculty, adjunct theology professor and the Director for the Office of Family Life in the Archdiocese of Washington. Peter is a parishioner at Sacred Heart parish in Bowie, MD where he lives with his wife Katie and their three beautiful boys.

New Evangelization and Catechesis

This course will examine the essential role and link between evangelization and catechesis as highlighted in various magisterial and USCCB documents and other theological commentary. The course will examine the biblical foundations for evangelization that provide the foundation for the Church’s present day evangelization initiatives. The course will also discuss the role of the New Evangelization, what it is, what impact it can have and is having on the Church today and what implications the New Evangelization has for catechesis. The course will discuss the pastoral implications of forming Catholic disciples who understand that they are called through their baptism to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.

Chris Gross

A native of Virginia, Dr. Gross earned his B.A. in political science and religion from Hampden-Sydney College. After completing his M.T.S. at Harvard Divinity School, he earned his Ph.D. from Catholic University of America in 2013. Over the last ten years, he has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses both online and in the classroom for several different institutions. Dr. Gross also has published in the area of Catholic moral theology and presented his work at numerous scholarly conferences. For the last two years, Dr. Gross has served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Gregory the Great, a large parish in Virginia Beach. He resides nearby in Chesapeake, VA, with his wife Jennifer and their four young children.

Christ and the Moral Life

This course presents an overview of the foundations of Catholic moral theology. It focuses on the meaning of human freedom, virtue, conscience, sin, and grace in light of a proper understanding of the nature of the human person. The primary aim of this course is to describe and demonstrate how moral theology can be incorporated into catechetical programs in order to better form moral persons. The course also considers some of the decisive moments in the history of moral theology with particular attention to the recent and important contributions made by John Paul II.


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Summer 2014