DETROIT — Sacred Heart Major Seminary is looking to engage, energize and inspire with a series of free, online courses for lay Catholics starting March 11.
The new “massive open online course,” called “Beauty of Belief,” is “a shallow entry into the basics of Catholic theology,” said Dr. Matthew Gerlach, Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry at Sacred Heart.
The goal, he said, is to reach the average layperson who might not otherwise have access to the world-class instruction the seminary offers.
“We want to make sure there are no bystanders in unleashing the Gospel,” Dr. Gerlach said. “We want to give them an experience of learning that will help equip them for the new evangelization in their own lives.”