Notre Dame launches online theology program for Hispanic Catholics


The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) has launched a new online adult faith formation program for Hispanic Catholics.

The program, Camino, is a collaborative initiative of ICL’s Satellite Theological Education Program (STEP) and the Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI).

“When Pope Francis addressed the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in the first year of his pontificate, he challenged those of us working in technology and social communications to consider how we use these tools to walk with others and lead to an encounter with Christ,” said Esther Terry, program director of Camino. “Ultimately, that encounter is the goal of Camino courses.”

Designed by university professors and national leaders in Hispanic ministry, Camino courses concern catechetical topics and particular needs in Hispanic ministry. Participants engage in the program through video lectures, homework assignments and interactive discussion forums.

The principal course in the program, “El Camino de la Fe,” will be taught by Notre Dame theologian Timothy Matovina, using the Spanish-language edition of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults as its primary text. “Bishops and pastoral leaders across the United States have pleaded for quality faith formation programs that engage the fastest-growing population in our Church,” Matovina said. “Camino innovatively addresses that need and mutually enriches Notre Dame and our Hispanic sisters and brothers."

More than 450 people from some 25 U.S. Catholic dioceses have enrolled in Camino so far. Course participants include catechists, lay ministers, deacons and others involved in Hispanic ministry who seek theological formation in their native language.

More information on Camino is available on the program’s bilingual website at To view a video explaining the program, click here.

Contact: Brett Robinson, 574-631-6109,

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on February 23, 2015.