Online Learning Community

VLCThe Diocese of Syracuse partners with the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) to provide a broad range of high quality online learning opportunities. 

Online learning offers an alternative pathway to completion of program requirements for those enrolled in Formation for Ministry who are unable to take in-person courses due to scheduling or transportation issues.

All VLCFF courses are also available to any adult in the Diocese of Syracuse who
wishes to learn more about their faith.

Cost of courses through the partnership is $50, plus book fees (regular cost is $90/course). Those enrolled in Formation for Ministry are reimbursed for courses taken to meet program requirements.

  • For an online listing of available courses, click here.
  • For an online course calendar, click here.
  • For more information and to register click here.
  • Watch a brief video about VLCFF here.

Diocesan policy: These courses make non-credit adult faith formation available to everyone in the diocese. They are intended to supplement rather than supplant existing diocesan programs offered through the offices of Formation for Ministry, Faith Formation, Youth  & Young Adult Ministry, Syracuse Catholic Schools, parish leadership, and others. For details about the policies of a specific department, please click on Offices and find that particular department.

What is the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF)? 

VLCFF is a growing program that offers adult religious education and faith formation anytime and anywhere online. The mission of the VLCFF - an initiative of the University of Dayton, a Catholic Marianist institution -  is to support the Church's professional ministry of religious education and faith formation in cyberspace. The VLCFF mobilizes the resources of the University of Dayton for partnerships with the Church that that create and implement innovative pastoral initiatives through e-learning. 

Contact Information

The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation, sponsored by the Institute of Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton.

For General Information:
Richard Drabik, Assistant Director
1-888- 300-8436

Additional contact information can be found here

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