Endorsements

From diocesan directors and teachers to parents and students, Credible Catholic has plenty of reviews and testimonials! Read the endorsements and make sure to find out how you can be the credible resource in your classroom by joining other members at Credible Catholic and becoming certified in contemporary apologetics!

Apostles of Jesus Christ

Diocesan Leadership

Chad
Judice

Diocesan Director, Office of Catechetics

Diocese of Lafayette, LA

121 Religious Education Programs

“In a culture where millennials are leaving the Church at staggering rates because they are convinced that organized religion is irrelevant and irreconcilable with modern science, Father Robert Spitzer has developed free online science based apologetics and usable resources to answer this generations doubts about the reality of God.

This well documented information shows why leading with dogma and morality is ineffective for retention while providing evidence for the most asked but unanswered questions of this generation concerning the immortality of the soul, the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth, and the complimentary nature of faith and science. Credible Catholic is the future of evangelization and catechesis.”

Brenda
Garcia

Public Speaker

Volunteer, Parish Catechist Aide

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA

“The Credible Catholic program has been an incredibly fascinating way to learn about the major questions of life! The material is developed and presented in a way that any ordinary layperson can understand the profound wisdom, depth, and knowledge of the great philosophers and theologians.

Everything from the meaning of happiness and the meaning of suffering, from life to death is covered. All of which is shown in a simple and easy-to-follow manner that can truly benefit anyone at nearly any age! The Magis Personnel involved are great teachers and moderators! Huge kudos to Fr. Robert Spitzer for all the great work he continues to do through Credible Catholic and the Magis Center!”

Louie
Mauban

Director of Children’s Ministry

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

Diocese of Orange, CA

158 Students, Early Childhood Program to Grade 8

“Our 6, 7 & 8-grade students constantly raise intriguing questions during our Religious Education classes. These age groups continuously challenge our catechist/volunteer teachers because they want to think about their faith in a deeper way. We found the 7 Essential Modules to be our way to respond to the need of our students and equip our volunteer teachers to lead our students in a more meaningful conversation.

We were all set in April to conduct the coursework during our Sunday live classes of the 7 Essential Credible Catholic Modules after Holy Week. Unfortunately, we were all ceased to stop due to the pandemic situation. However, through the Holy Spirit paving the way, it became very timely that the Magis Center facilitated the “live” online sessions. We requested at least one parent join their student/child while participating in the session. This enables us to provide the same tone of under-standing and actively engaged the parents in the student’s faith journey.

As said, the parents truly appreciated it and for most, it brought a refreshing new approach to table dinner discussion with the entire family. Some parents mentioned that it provided an avenue to be closer and to have a more open relationship with their growing teens.
The sessions became interesting as we moved from one module to the next. Having Father Spitzer join the Q & A portion towards the end was a PLUS factor. His response to the questions raised which leads from one discussion to the next was a BONUS. We will continue to include the 7 Essen-tial Credible Catholic Modules to our middle school Religious Education program.”

Sir Randy
P. Pagnotta

KHS, Eastern, Lieutenancy, U.S.A.

Ambassador for the Faith

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Saint Mary’s Catholic Church

“Truly an awe inspiring experience, helping me to sharpen my spiritual axe, reaffirming what I al-ready understood, correcting what I misunderstood and awakening me to what has been lost. The Credible Catholic Series is lucid, well organized and meticulously laid out, all of which are important elements needed if your goal is returning proper apologetics to the educational system.

Under the stewardship of Father Spitzer the series and supplemental tools assembled will undoubt-edly fan the embers of Faith instructing our youth in proper discernment in a world dominated by secular myth. In addition to students, anyone who participates in the series, practicing Catholics, the fallen away, as well as the non-believers, could benefit from the truth so logically and poignantly laid bare. In my opinion, the Credible Catholic Series is poised to become the standard by which all other catechesis will be measured; for the glory of God our Father, Son and Holy Ghost”.

John
Galvan

Director, Office of Catholic Schools

Diocese of San Diego, CA

The research on religious disaffiliation among our youth shows a staggeringly concerning trend. A primary reason for the “break up’ is the perceived rift between faith and science in so many of our students. Catholic schools provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to ask critical questions. The Credible Catholic Modules meet our kids where they live and assist in answering many of those same questions.

The content is well-researched, comprehensive in breadth and depth, and yet it is presented in a way that makes understanding accessible to our youth. Our high school religion teachers report that their students love the Modules because this is the kind of stuff they want to know! The content delivery is visually engaging and the facilitator materials are excellent. The Credible Catholic Program is a great toolbox for any catechist or Catholic school religion/theology teacher.

Nahomy
Hernandez

Aerospace Engineer from MIT

Postulant with the Sisters of Life

Our Lady of the Poor Cathedral

Diocese of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador

“Ever since I first encountered Fr. Spitzer’s work, I was awestruck by the depth, rigor, logical ra-tionale tied to theory, and the coherence in which he presented the principal tenets of the Catholic faith. For the first time in my life, somebody articulated for me the vastness, depth, and intelligibility of the faith, and presented a perspective that was not only non-dismissive of the hard questions but also profoundly reverential to the curious nature of the human mind.

Fr. Spitzer’s approach compellingly shows that religion and science are two compatible and com-plementary paths to truth. It serves as a strong encouragement and a wide-open door to the faith for those souls that deeply treasure the marvels of science, and would never accept to compromise on the intellectual mind. It is the absolutely necessary work of our times.”

Teachers/Educators

Sister Marie
Benedict Elliott, F.S.E

Religion Teacher

Archdiocese of Hartford, CT

St. Paul Catholic High School

“With the encouragement of our local archbishop, our entire religion faculty has integrated the core Credible Catholic modules into our curriculum across all high school grade levels. The modules pair well with and complement our existing curriculum framework. The instructional files and addition-al resources are ‘user-friendly’ and versatile. Easily accessible online, Credible Catholic modules of-fer educators and catechists flexibility for both in-class instruction and a ‘flipped-classroom’ ap-proach to independent student learning.

Grounded in the Catechism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Credible Catholic content is truly ‘credible’ and ‘Catholic.’ The creative use of text, images, and videos in Credible Catholic modules strengthens students’ understanding and retention of the ‘good news’ teaching at the heart of this program, and thoughtful discussion questions along the way help to facilitate a living encounter with Christ and the Church. Credible Catholic staff members are readily available to support instruc-tors, who are welcome to use any combination of modules, or selected portions of resources, ac-cording to their needs. Credible Catholic offers these treasures at no financial cost.

Thank you, Father Spitzer and the Credible Catholic Team, for this generous and valuable contribu-tion to the new evangelization!”

Anne
Steinmann

University Engineering Professor

Catholic Ministries Volunteer

Australia

Credible Catholic is Incredible
It excites the mind
It soothes the soul
It makes the Catholic Church
A place kids want to go
It convinces the doubters
And makes them believers
It brings back the drifters

And makes them never-leavers
Even the faithful
Will rejoice with delight
With this rock-solid evidence
“Where has this been all my life!”
So thank you Father Spitzer
For Credible Catholic
And for the Magis Center
You’ve again worked your magic!

Connie
Hubbard

Middle School Teacher

Good Shepherd Catholic School

Diocese of San Diego, CA

Credible Catholic has renewed in me my love of studying and learning about my faith. The history, tradition, Scripture mystery, and wonder that I have been able to explore again with new eyes and a new heart have come at a very important point in my life. The content of Credible Catholic validates many thoughts and feelings that I have about daily life.

This program has also brought me closer to Jesus as I have learned more about his life, death, and resurrection. This program will engage anyone as they continue with their journey in faith. After studying this program, I truly have a deeper appreciation for being Catholic, and I would like to share these lessons with others.

Anamaria
Anthony

Religious Studies Chair

Mater Dei Catholic High School

Diocese of San Diego, CA

I have used a few bits and pieces of “Evidence of God from Science” from Module 2 in my freshman Divine Revelation course. Students have always reacted favorably, and it has helped break down the myth that Science and Religion are at odds. I have never used a full Module, however, I am familiar with them and have always wanted to utilize them in my courses. Because of the volume of infor-mation in the modules, I was never able to figure out how to use them and cover the Theology cur-riculum mandated in the USCCB Framework.

The MTP pilot and webinar presentations have been fabulous. I can’t figure out how Fr. Spitzer keeps so much information in his mind! I love that we have access to the presentation recordings, the Advanced Workbooks and the Big Book.

The Credible Catholic LMS is amazing. It has taken what was an overwhelming amount of infor-mation that was complicated and now presents clear, manageable, and simple, but important and powerful material that anyone can follow. The LMS is very easy to navigate and the lessons are ef-fortless. This is a game-changer as far as using Credible Catholic as an enrichment extension for our high school curriculum.

Seriously, I am extremely excited about the LMS!

Parents

Carmela
Rossi-Lane

Student, Home Learning

Diocese of Orange, CA

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

“The Credible Catholic program was fantastic! Giuliana and I both enjoyed it very much. As an engi-neer myself, I found the “logical arguments” for our faith so compelling. Robert Alderman was a great speaker, as well. He was so funny and passionate about the material. It really kept us engaged. Thanks again for providing such a high quality program.”

Bonnie
Barnes

Parent

Parent and Student, Home Learning

Archdiocese of Detroit, MI

“Thank you, Father Spitzer, Magis Center personnel, and everyone behind the scenes who made this class possible! These 7 Essentials – Credible Catholic classes, of invaluable information have been a tremendous blessing. They were the glory of the pandemic.”

Heather and
Jetta Seckinger

Parent and Student, Home Learning

Middle School Youth Ministry

Diocese of Orange, CA

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

“Jetta enjoyed the science aspects of the program, especially behind the Shroud of Turin in module four.”
– Heather.

“I also liked the stories about Jesus’ life.” – Jetta

Student Participants

Student
Participant

Student, Home Learning

Parish Catechist

Diocese of Orange County, CA

“You are doing a really great job out in front. I get emails in my in box from every other Catholic publisher and vendor that says, “click here, sample this book series, etc.” You’re the only ones that offered to teach us HOW! Teach the teachers, teach the parents, teach the children – this is fantastic! A great leadership model in a time when few others are leading who should be!”

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“This class helped me grow my faith as a Catholic Woman by reconciling any doubts I may have had about the faith. This class reaffirmed my strength in the faith with concepts many struggle with, such as the debate between science and faith. This course will help me spread the word of God by allowing me to deepen my relationship with Him and to become more educated on parts of the faith I was unaware or unsure about previously.”
Adrianna

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“This class helped me grow in my faith immensely. It taught me things that I found more interesting than other religion classes. In addition to this, it also helped me understand the personal aspect of God, which I was struggling to understand before. I feel a deeper connection to my faith because I am now educated enough to speak on it confidently.”
Emily

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“This class was able to help my faith grow because it opened me up to look at faith in a more thoughtful way. I liked how the class would not just state a concept that Catholics believe, but it would go into more detail and explain why it is that we believe it.”
Kaitlyn

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“Throughout this course of faith and reason, there have been many informative, valuable lessons incorporated into the unique understanding of Catholicism.

This class has not only provided us with a different perspective of our faith, but a stronger connection to God within this course, as well. While diving into the building blocks of faith and reason, I have developed a deeper meaning as to how my faith influences my decisions and critical thinking, and what that means for my future ahead.

After participating in such a helpful, fundamental course, I believe that every Catholic high school should incorporate the learning of faith and reason by Fr. Spitzer. As many young adults are prone to stray away from their faith, it is imperative that we develop a deeper connection with God through our education. I have confidence in the idea that if all students were exposed to this type of material, many would create an everlasting bond with their faith, rather than struggle with understanding the meaning behind it. In my personal point of view, I feel that within the four years of students’ high school careers, senior year is the best fit for exposure to this course. While seniors are also more likely to be developed in their maturity, it is also essential for them to keep a strong tie to their faith in God, mainly because of the fact that they are starting a new path to adulthood. With the upcoming college experience, I have personally felt that I have taken this course at the best possible level of my academic career. Becoming more involved in my faith this year has encouraged my chances of succeeding in all fields within the near future, due to the fact that I have developed an even stronger support system through God. Without taking the course of faith and reason as a senior, I would not feel as confident in myself and the years ahead. ”
Nick

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“Before I started this class my faith was shaky. I was unsure if my beliefs or if they were right. This class restored and reinforced my beliefs, doing away with any doubts I had.”
Paolo

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“In conclusion, this course has affected me and increased my passion for religion. I have been fascinated, amazed, and even perplexed with some of the evidence, and it has helped me strengthen my relationship with God. I am incredibly grateful to have been in this class with Father Reilly and I will continue to enhance my relationship with God throughout my life as I mature and one day have a family of my own.”
Vanessa

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“Through my journey of taking this Faith and Reason course, I have gained much knowledge which has opened my eyes to a new way of practicing my faith. I have taken religion courses for the past 11 years of my life, but never one to the magnitude of this faith and reason course. This course, which is very different from others, gives reasoning and examples which proves God’s love for us, and how he exists in our everyday lives. We also talked about some of God’s healings and the impact it made on certain individuals’ lives.”
Sebastian

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“If I could speak to Fr. Spitzer about the course he has developed, I would first compliment him on the course then say thank you. This course had a major impact on my faith, as it made me learn about how the afterlife works, why we suffer, how to be happier in this life and the next, and this course even showed how science backs up the Catholic faith and how they work together, rather than being apart, which is the common misunderstanding.

I would also want him to know that this program has had a major impact on me as a person. It made me stop comparing myself to others to see how much better of a good and better person I can be, rather now I think how I can make that person’s life change for the better, even if it is a small thing I do.”
Anthony

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“This class has definitely helped my faith grow. Before this class, I was starting to doubt the existence of God. The first thing I learned in this class is that if something is not going your way, maybe that’s a sign that it wasn’t meant to happen. Sometimes life directs your attention to somewhere else you didn’t think you were meant to go. ”
Louis

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“After four years of religion classes, Faith & Reason probably had the biggest impact on my faith. Although I do come from a religious family, this course has deepened my understanding of why I believe in the things that I do and has given me the tools to stand up for what I believe in.

Even though I was raised from a young age to believe in God and miracles, after taking this class, I came to realize that I never understood why I believed, I just always accepted it to be true and followed blindly. Chapter 5 of the course, “Why Be Catholic? Proof from Contemporary Miracles,” really opened up my eyes as to the reasons why Catholics believe what we do. I have come to understand why the Church was created and how the Church is meant to guide and teach us. In addition, I have come to realize that science and religion are not at war with each other, but rather allies. Growing up, I was always a science kid and am pursuing a career in science, but, as I got older, what I was learning started to seemingly question my religious beliefs. This confusion was soon settled within the first few chapters of the course, especially chapters 1 and 2. The explanations for the creation of the universe and the NDE experiences both proved how science can actually enforce religion, not tear it apart. ”
Bridget

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“Just like many other people in the world, there have been times when I thought science and faith contradict each other. Personally, I think this course was the most influential religion course I have taken over my twelve years of going to Catholic schools. Beyond the content, the discussions I had led by both Mr. Cianciotta and the students were very insightful and memorable.”
Isabella

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“This course of Faith & Reason was the most beneficial religion class I have ever taken in high school. What I was taught in this class, I can actually understand and use in a debate about religion and the existence of God. I learned valuable scientifically-proven theories and facts that prove God’s existence that I hadn’t known in all my years of private (Catholic) schooling.”
Carter

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“This course has helped my faith grow, and this growth happened progressively. It all started over the Summer, when we were assigned reading about a near-death experience. Reading about this near-death experience as well as learning about them in class helped my faith grow tremendously. I thought it was very intriguing how people could maintain consciousness after bodily death.

What I found especially convincing was that these people were meeting relatives in their experiences whom they would not have known otherwise. Learning this information is what first caused me to really think about my faith and choose to believe.

I was further convinced of my faith when we learned about the Shroud of Turin, the Facecloth of Oviedo, and the Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires. I had heard of these things before but had never gone as in depth about them as we had during this course. What I found most intriguing about this conversation was that the blood on the Shroud of Turin, the blood on the the Facecloth of Oviedo, and the blood in the Eucharistic miracle all had to be from the same person. I also found it very interesting that the Facecloth of Oviedo and the Shroud of Turin showed some of the same wounds, all of which were consistent with Jesus’ crucifixion.

The final thing, which I actually think is what helped my faith grow the most, was learning about suffering, and the reasons and purpose of suffering. This is something I had really struggled to understand before upon pondering my faith. Now, I completely understand the idea of God permitting what he hates to accomplish what he loves. I understand that God allows suffering in order to help us grow in faith, and that it is not a mere result of our own sins. I think this is something that is misunderstood not only by me, but also by much of the Church. I am glad to have had the truth explained to me, so that I don’t feel so abandoned by God whenever I go through something difficult. I can now see suffering in a completely different light.
I always believed, but because of this course I can say that I am Catholic with much more confidence. It gives me comfort knowing there is so much evidence for what I believe, and that I can stand up against anyone who tells me my faith is untrue. There have been times in my life when I have struggled with and questioned my own faith, but now I can say with confidence that I know these times will come less often. I now truly believe, for so many reasons. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to take this course throughout my time in High School, so that I can bring my knowledge with me to the challenging political environment of my future college campus. I have confidence that I will be able to defend my faith, and that I will be able to do so with much evidence supporting me.”
Emily

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“The main thing in this course that helped me grow in faith was the scientific perspective. In most religion classes, we do not learn about scientific proof that is evidence for God’s existence. It has been a misconception that science cannot prove that God exists. However, I learned that this is quite the opposite. There are several examples proving God’s existence, and that part of the course interested me the most.”
Joseph

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“Faith & Reason has been my favorite religion/theology class at Sea, and I am so grateful that I was able to take this course in my last semester as a senior. This class broke the boundaries that surround the other religion classes and goes beyond simple history and fact patterns to get lessons across.

As I learned more about the history and principles of the Catholic faith throughout my religious education courses and my time at Sea, there were still questions about God and the Church that I could never seem to find the answers to. This course gave me many of the answers I had been looking for, and even some that I did not think I needed. My faith has grown immensely since taking this class.”
Victoria

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“This course is unlike any other course I have taken throughout my academic career. It covered topics that are meant to be forgotten after the test but are meant to be remembered for the rest of my life.

As I think about my faith in the future, I will think back to the second semester of my senior year of high school and reflect on the various topics covered. This course helped my faith because it provided me with justification of my beliefs from reputable sources instead of having a volunteer parent at CCD class tell me things are true just because they are.”
Alexa

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“My faith has grown exponentially from this course. I was previously taught very complex religious concepts, and while I learned a lot about the history of the Church, I had never made the connections that were present in this course.

The connections were the missing piece; this course successfully strung together the last four years of St. Joseph by the Sea and elementary school at Our Lady Star of the Sea. I have grown so much in my faith as a result, and now I can successfully defend my faith in my future endeavors.”
Alexandria

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“Before taking this course, I would question my faith because I was never really given evidence on why I should see events as facts. After completing this course I feel that my faith has been strengthened because I did question these things prior. If I did not have the curiosity I would have just pushed everything to the side, but after completing I feel a better understanding of our faith.”
Cory

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“Overall, this course has been very interesting and has made me look at my faith with a new perspective. I have been in Catholic school my entire life, so there were many topics in a religion class I have heard repeated multiple times.

This course took these topics and broke them down and created a new way of looking at your faith. Learning about the proof of God’s existence, Jesus’ Resurrection, and the different miracles that took place has definitely kept me engaged in the class. The main thing that I took from this class is to focus more on my faith and strive for true happiness.”
Gianna

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“I am so grateful for having to take Faith and Reason this semester. It has helped me so much to grow in my faith and see how much I did not know. Although I believed in God before, I was able to logically explain things that I had doubts about and help educate other people.”
Kayleen

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“I thought my faith was strong before entering this course as I had very little doubt about anything. However, when we first started discussing it, I started to question certain topics. But after completing the course, my faith is at its strongest.”
Robert

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“Faith and Reason has been one of the most influential and life changing classes that I have taken at sea. It has allowed me to expand my knowledge of my faith and I can now provide proof to others about my faith. … This class has changed me as a person and allowed me to stand up for my faith with solid proof and knowledge. I am so much more informed of my faith, and I am more confident to defend my faith. This was definitely a life changing class, thank you so much and thank you for everything.”
Salvatore

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“The reason I think this course helped me to believe more strongly in my faith is that it presented it in a critical way where I could understand the point the chapter was trying to make, and that every conclusion made in the course was backed by a library of studies and evidence. The evidence part especially got me because at most times it covered all bases and provided a clear understanding to the conclusion of the chapter. This course has transformed my faith, as I am now confident about all the mysteries of our faith.”
Aidan

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“Overall, mainly these three topics, along with the rest of the course, have completely changed and strengthened my faith greatly. I am very amazed by all the material in this course, and I am very interested in it. I wish that everyone could take this course and truly see what it really is like to have faith in God and be amazed by how perfect He, and everything He created is. This course has truly helped my faith grow.”
Gaetano

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“All in all, I believe the topics studied this semester have brought me closer to God. The uncertainty and doubt that I felt about my faith in the past has been resolved and I possess a newfound sense of confidence in the Lord God and His plan. The scientific evidence studied throughout this course makes it much simpler to take that ‘Leap of Faith’ that so many people struggle with. Ultimately, my faith has been significantly strengthened as a result of the Faith and Reason course.”
Jack

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“The course itself has changed my perspective on faith totally. I questioned my faith, at some points I even abandoned it totally. By taking the course and fully understanding its material I was able to find my own faith and nurture it every day of my life. I seek the good in others, not their faults and I seek God in others. Beyond just the topics discussed, I found what it is to be Catholic and why it is I pray to God. No longer do I have to “just believe in it”, rather I feel there is indisputable evidence for my faith that no form of science can invalidate.”
James

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“I did not know what we were going to learn about when I saw this class for this semester. It turned out to be the most interesting class to me and strengthened my faith in God. Most of the topics in this class I think everyone should know of and looking back I’m surprised I knew not much about it before taking the class. The arguments of NDE’s and fine tuning stuck out to me and proved the existence of a creator. But the Shroud of Turin was the most remarkable thing to me and will be something I will bring up for the rest of my life to those who doubt the resurrection.”
Jason

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“Coming into this class in the beginning of the year, I didn’t seem as religious as others. The reason I was catholic was because my parents were Catholic, and I felt obligated to be one. Coming into this faith and reason class every day made me learn more about my faith and I’m glad it did…this class has really changed me, and it has helped my faith grow in a way that I wouldn’t have expected. Being catholic before didn’t really mean anything to me until this class taught me the background of my faith and for that I am grateful.”
Kyle

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“I am very grateful to have been a part of this course because I have never had this much clarity and confidence in my faith. I have been able to understand suffering and finding true happiness which has always been a difficulty in my life. I am able to practice my faith as a stronger Catholic and never doubt anything because of the concepts I have learned about.”
Lauren

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“I always believed in God and in Jesus, but I always thought the things I had learned were over exaggerations. Learning the science behind the church and consciousness makes me happy and hopeful for life after death. Before I might have been swayed away from the Church but now nothing can break my faith.”
Miranda

Student
Participant

High School Seniors

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Archdiocese of New York, NY

“My Semester 1 course of Faith and Reason has certainly enhanced and helped grow my faith. Coming into this school, I had only two years of CCD under my belt and was uncertain about how I would respond to having a religion class almost every day for the next 4 years. After 3 years of religion and confirmation classes, I enjoyed learning about topics like the Church, the Scripture and the Magisterium, however, I felt like something was missing. Faith and Reason has certainly helped fill whatever void was present in my faith. “
Nick

Student
Participant

Student, Home Learning

Parish Catechist

Diocese of Orange County, CA

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This course has been very difficult for me. Struggling with religion since my freshman year, I was not looking forward to this class. However, I am pleased to say that it was one of the best courses that I could have ever taken, spiritually. I have learned and grown immensely since this course. My faith is so strong because I no longer feel as if I am roaming aimlessly. With my new found beliefs, I have this course to thank. Leaving St. Joseph By The Sea, you tend to forget why you came here in the first place. I am so happy to be reminded of the reason I enrolled here. Not only do you graduate with a great reputation, but you also graduate with a strengthened faith.”
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Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA

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Diocese of Melbourne, AU

 

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