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Welcome to the Diocese of Hamilton
Online Learning Portal

This online learning opportunity is the fruit of a partnership that we have entered into with the University of Dayton and their Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.

There are numerous courses available throughout the year, along with our 2-year program, Certification in Youth Ministry Studies. Upcoming courses are found below. 

Nicole McCowell - Diocesan Certification in YM Studies
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Waitlist now open! The Diocese of Hamilton is pleased to offer a catechist formation program through Dayton University's Virtual Learning Community for Adult Faith Formation. This program is open to Pastor recommended candidates.

Topics covered include the New Directory for Catechesis, the relationship between evangelization and catechesis, and sacramental preparation.


The Diocese of Hamilton is proud to offer a new adult learning opportunity.

To Inform, Encourage and Heal is a four-week online seminar in which you will have opportunity to engage meaningfully in the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Both reflection and practical application of learning will be high priorities over the four weeks seminar.


Cycle 7: October 24 - November 27, 2022. Registration opens on September 7th and closes October 19th, 2022.

Church Aisles

Introduction to Prayer
Course Level – Intermediate

"Prayer is our means of taking a sighting, of re-orienting ourselves – by re-establishing contact with our goal. In the presence of God many components of our life fall into perspective and our journey makes more sense. Prayer is inseparable from living" (Casey, p.5).


This course explores prayer as essential to our lives as Christian people, as individuals and within our community of faith. Through this course, students will explore the qualities, forms and expressions of prayer that help to form and sustain our lives as Catholic Christians.

Church Aisles

Catholic Beliefs
Course Level – Basic

A clear understanding of our central belief system is essential for any Catholic. This course will enable the student to appreciate the function of doctrine and the process of theology through which doctrines develop in the Roman Catholic Tradition.


In addition, students will develop the skills to articulate personal beliefs, explain the role and function of faith in theology, and describe the role of the catechist in passing on the tradition.


Bible Basics
Course Level – Basic

This course presupposes that an individual has not had a general overview of the bible. This is a great place to begin. The course cannot cover everything one needs to know for navigating into the world of the scriptures but one is given a few basic concepts to begin the journey.


If you have ever wondered how the Bible is arranged, what types of writings can be found in it, how to navigate through the Bible, and how to interpret the Bible as a Catholic, you are about to begin an interesting discovery.


Youth Ministry Certificate Program
A two-year program

Now accepting applications!

This certification has been developed with the desire to equip youth ministers with the confidence and capacity they require to adequately accompany young people and their families in their journey of faith. 

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