Online Certificate Courses

St. John Vianney College Seminary offers a number of online certificate courses that are open to everyone. It is the only freestanding bilingual college seminary in the United States whose core mission is the formation of seminarians in College and Pre-Theology, but it is also an accredited institution of higher education currently offering onsite and online degrees. Please contact us if you'd like more information.

Current Courses Offered


A course on Apologetics: Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith
Dr. Ryan J. Brady

Apologetics is an examination of the reasons for belief. It enables Catholics to provide a defense (apologia) of essential doctrines of the Church. For this reason, the course will go over some good ways of proving God's existence, the reliability of the Bible, the truth of Marian doctrines, the role of the Sacraments, the Catholicity of the Early Church, etc. In view of what we learn on these matters, we will consider, by way of contrast, the claims of non-Catholic religions such as Protestantism, Islam, and Orthodoxy.
Cost: $100
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The Church and Islam: The Teachings of the Saints, Scholars and Popes
Dr. Paola Bernardini
The course intends to promote an understanding of the teachings of the Church on Islam, highlighting common beliefs and shared values, through the selected writings and lives of the saints, scholars, and popes. Individuals will be able to complete the module at their own pace through the online platform. A variety of teaching methods will be adopted, including videos, short-lectures, and focused readings. To obtain the certification, students will take a quiz at the end of each unit. Teachers, laity, religious, and clergy interested in acquiring knowledge and practical tools for engaging in a respectful dialogue with Muslims are all welcome to register.
Cost: $100
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Thomistic Ethics and Spirituality Online Certificate Program in conjuction with The Sacra Doctrina Project
The online certificate program will cover a number of topics, all of which culminate in a theological understanding of the teaching of the Angelic Doctor on ethics, morality, and the spiritual life. The program will be of interest to directors of religious education, catechists, continuing education for clergy, undergraduates who want to supplement their education, or those simply interested in examining the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas and its relation to the pursuit of holiness and the gift of beatitude.
Each of these courses can be taken individually or more than one at a time. Cost per course: $100
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  • THOMISTIC ETHICS (Course Group)
    Course 1) Moral Philosophy
    Course 2) Moral Theology
    Course 3) Particular Moral Issues

    Course 1) Moral Philosophy
    Course 2) Moral Theology
    Course 3) Particular Moral Issues

    Course 1) Foundations of Sacramental Theology
    Course 2) Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, and Anointing of the Sick
    Course 3) The Eucharist and the Liturgy  

  • MYSTICAL THEOLOGY (Course Group)
    Course 1) Mysticism in the Church Fathers
    Course 2) The Mendicant Mystics: St. Catherine of Siena, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Avila
    Course 3) Charity and the Three Stages of the Spiritual Life  

    Course 1) Holy Orders  (available now)
    *Presently, only the first class in this course group is available at this moment  

    Course 1) Providence
    Course 2) Grace and Predestination
    Course 3) Sin and the Problem of Evil


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