October 3, 2020 | 11:00am (EDT)

A study of the historical development, organizational structure, major features, and
mission of the Catholic Church.  The Participant will be able to:

  • Define the linguistic roots of the word “Church” (ekklesia, kyriake).
  • Name the three primary images of Church from Lumen Gentium: People of God, Body of Christ, and Temple of the Holy Spirit.
  • Explain how each image provides an optic into the full meaning of the Church.  List the marks of the Church and explain their importance.
  • Explain how the Church with one mission uses persons in different roles (lay and ordained) to accomplish its mission.
  • Explain how the hierarchy if the Church supports the mission.
  • Explain what is meant by the following terms and, if relevant, describe their
    relationship to one another: universal church, diocesan church, parish church, bishop, pastor.
  • Explain how the Church supports the spiritual life of the faithful.




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