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. 

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Looking for ways to strengthen your mind and spirit in service of a Post-Pandemic Church

Take a look at these wonderful course offerings from Dayton University that are open for registration NOW!

This cycle runs from January 17 – February 19, 2022.

Church Aisles

Church History 1
Course Level – Basic

Basic knowledge and deep appreciation of Church History enables us to understand how the Catholic Church has evolved through time. We see how the Holy Spirit was and continues to be present. We become familiar with men and women who attempted to define the nature and role of the Church in each period of history. The road was not easy as religious, political, economic and social tensions impacted the Church's unfolding story.

Church History I is one of two parts of a basic introduction to the History of the Church. This course covers the period from Pentecost to the beginning of the Reformation. While we cannot cover in depth all the factors which influenced the development of the early Church we are able to begin the journey here.


Faith and Human Development
Course Level – Basic

This course is grounded in understand the basic tenets of Christian spirituality, including theories of human development in morality and self-awareness in the developing life cycle with accompanying spiritual development.


In this course, you will become familiar with the spiritual and psychological stages of life from childhood to older adulthood and gain appreciation for and understanding of the connections between psychological and spiritual growth through the life cycle


As well,  you will become familiar with theorists’ models of human development and spiritual growth for self-understanding and relational understanding of others.

Hebrew Writings

Introduction to Paul's Life and Letters
Course Level – Intermediate

This course presumes a fundamental background in Old Testament. It is an intermediate level introduction to Paul's life and letters.


The course begins with an in-depth look at Paul's autobiography according to his letters and then moves on to discuss the seven authentic letters of Paul as both history and theology.   Topics such as Paul and Politics, Paul and Women, Paul and the Second Coming, Paul and Slavery, Paul and Judaism, and Paul on Salvation and Suffering will be discussed throughout the five weeks of this course. Students will read a variety of materials including some of the most important articles written about Paul in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. At the completion of this course students will be able to situate Paul in his first-century environment and talk intelligently about how Paul's theology is relevant for today's church.


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.