This past autumn, the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh offered an online course entitled, “Byzantine Christian Catechesis and Christ Our Pascha: A Study of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Catechism.” The course explored the three main pillars of Byzantine Christian catechesis—the Faith of the Church, the Worship of the Church, and the Life of the Church—as presented in Christ Our Pascha. Students were able to explore the ministry of catechesis and evangelization in support of the Church’s mission to transmit the Gospel and make disciples of all nations. Students were expected to complete all the assigned readings over an eight-week period, participate in online discussions, and to complete a weekly learning journal in which they listed ideas and insights which they could then apply and integrate into their life of faith in the world (apostolic labours).
This course, a first of its kind in North America, was taught by Fr. Deacon Daniel Dozier of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma who has a MATS in Biblical Exposition and a MA in Organizational Leadership.