UD Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture FAQ

The Catholic Information Center has been chosen as a pilot institution for the University of Dallas Catholic Faith & Culture Program. This program seeks to enrich the lives of Catholics by providing an intellectual formation that encompasses a breadth and depth of human culture. It explores the history, traditions and works that have shaped the Catholic inheritance, resulting in a deeply Christian portrait of the human person. Through dialogue and a common engagement in higher-level study made accessible, the program fosters the growth of local Catholic communities and prepares their members for more thoughtful and effective participation in family, church and culture. Once a week at the CIC participants will engage in a study of our faith that extends across the Liberal Arts philosophy, literature, fine arts, even political science. Through this participation in Catholic higher education made accessible, you will think more profoundly about the Catholic faith and discuss these ideas with other members of the D.C. community.

Please reach out to Rosemary at rosemary.eldridge@cicdc.org.

Yes. This course costs $400 dollars.

$150 Licensing Fee to University of Dallas

$250 for CIC host materials, supplies, and dinner

Missing up to three sessions is permissible, and individual circumstances may make this necessary. Missed sessions can be made up at the CIC during regular business hours but this must be coordinated with the admin facilitor. One of the primary goals of the program is to foster community.  Just as students at the University of Dallas study the same core curriculum and have discussions on history, theology, or literature outside the classroom–while walking across campus, over lunch in the cafeteria, and over a beer on Friday night–we hope the participants in this program will have similar experiences of the power of ideas and dialogue to create bonds of communion and friendship.

While college credit is not granted for each course, the CIC can–based on attendance–grant to participants a Certificate of Completion for each course as well as a Certification in Catholic Faith & Culture upon the completion of all four program courses.

General registration will open soon. Participants can register for the course by clicking the “Registration” button that will be posted on this page.


Applicants must be 21 or older.

Space is limited, so please register ASAP. Registration is first come first served.

The Person: Tradition and History may be offered again this Spring.

Each session will run from 6:00pm-8:30pm.

There is no required homework.  We encourage participants to enter into discussions both within and beyond the session meetings.  We also encourage them to take up the recommended readings.

Applicants must be 21 or older to participate in this program.

To see a full list of involved professors please click here.

Margaret Killackey teaches 3rd and 7th grade at Brookewood School in Kensington, MD, and recently began pursuing her Liberal Arts Education Certificate at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. She graduated summa cum laude from Christendom College with her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. Her senior thesis focused on wonder, as the Aristotelian beginning of philosophy, and this topic has helped shape her interest in the philosophy of education. Margaret is also an alumna of the John Jay Fellowship (Fall 2015) and the Leonine Forum (2017-18).  She is delighted to bring together her love of the rich heritage of the Catholic Church, DC, education, and philosophy in her role as facilitator for the Studies in Catholic Faith & Culture.

6:00pm-Sign in

6:15pm-Video presentation

6:45pm-Dinner and small group discussion

7:30pm-Video presentation

8:00pm-Large group discussion led by the facilitator

*This schedule is subject to change

Please email Rosemary at rosemary.eldridge@cicdc.org.

All course content is handled directly by the Content Facilitator.  Since meeting and discussing as a community is central to the program, only the Facilitator has access to the course videos in order to show them to the group.  The Facilitator is also responsible for distributing the discussion questions, text excerpts, and recommended reading lists. All participants will receive a booklet containing session handouts.

University professors are the presenters in this program; thus, the content is geared toward college-level participants. However, as the professors prepared and as each session was compiled, we kept in mind that our audience would not necessarily have a college background. Through this program we are striving to make Catholic higher-education accessible.  Participants are invited to engage with the material at the level of their choosing.  Some are simply seeking an exposure to new ideas in the Catholic tradition, while others would like a deeper formation and so will read the recommended readings and perhaps even take notes and write extensive reflections on the material.

No. The content is geared toward college level participants and is large in scope.

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