Objective: What is Purgatory? Why is there so much fear and controversy around this topic? And how does Purgatory shape our Catholic faith? In this course, students will learn these answers and more. The course includes a three-part series on apologetics, and answers many of the tough questions Catholics and non-Catholics have about Purgatory. 

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What others have been saying about this course:

Laura Flores

“I found the entire course on Purgatory very informative. It clarified for me many points: mortal sin, venial sin, purgatory, indulgences, All Souls, All Saints Day and even Halloween. ”

“I found the entire course on Purgatory very informative. It clarified for me many points: mortal sin, venial sin, purgatory, indulgences, All Souls, All Saints Day and even Halloween. ”

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Esperanza Topete

“I am enjoying this course so much, what a beautiful way to learn more about our faith. I will continue to use and donate as well.”

“I am enjoying this course so much, what a beautiful way to learn more about our faith. I will continue to use and donate as well.”

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Franklin G Njeru

“The whole learning materials are well organized and can easily be followed. A good course for all.who want to increase their faith. ”

“The whole learning materials are well organized and can easily be followed. A good course for all.who want to increase their faith. ”

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    What is Purgatory? - Part 1 - The Choice

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 1 - The Choice - STUDY GUIDE
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 1 - The Choice - VIDEO
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 1 - The Choice - QUIZ
  • 02

    What is Purgatory? - Part 2 - The Mercy of Purgatory

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 2 - The Mercy of Purgatory - STUDY GUIDE
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 2 - The Mercy of Purgatory - VIDEO
    • What is Purgatory? - Part 2 - The Mercy of Purgatory - QUIZ
  • 03

    Apologetics - Part 1 - Does Purgatory Exist?

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Apologetics - Part 1 - Does Purgatory Exist? - STUDY GUIDE
    • Apologetics - part 1 - Does Purgatory Exist? - VIDEO
    • Apologetics - Part 1 - Does Purgatory Exist? - QUIZ
  • 04

    Apologetics - Part 2 - What is an Indulgence?

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Apologetics - Part 2 - What is an Indulgence? - STUDY GUIDE
    • Apologetics - Part 2 - What is an Indulgence? - VIDEO
    • Apologetics - Part 2 - What is an Indulgence? - QUIZ
  • 05

    Apologetics - Part 3 - A Divided Church

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Apologetics - Part 3 - A Divided Church - STUDY GUIDE
    • Apologetics - Part 3 - A Divided Church - VIDEO
    • Apologetics - Part 3 - A Divided Church - QUIZ
  • 06

    Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 1 - All Hallows' Eve

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 1 - All Hallows' Eve - STUDY GUIDE
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 1 - All Hallows' Eve - VIDEO
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 1 - All Hallows' Eve - QUIZ
  • 07

    Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 2 - All Saints', All Souls', The Day of the Dead

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 2 - All Saints', All Souls', The Day of the Dead - STUDY GUIDE
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 2 - All Saints', All Souls', The Day of the Dead - VIDEO
    • Purgatory in Catholic Practice - Part 2 - All Saints', All Souls', The Day of the Dead - QUIZ

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Keith Fournier has been ordained as a Deacon for twenty four years. He and his wife have been married for 44 years. Together they raised five children and have seven grandchildren.

Deacon Fournier holds his Bachelors Degree (BA) in Theology and Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He holds his Juris Doctor in Law (JD) from the University of Pittsburgh Law School. He holds His Masters Degree in Sacred Theology (MTS) from the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University. He holds His Masters in Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of America. He is currently working toward completion of a Doctorate in Moral Theology by completing his dissertation.

Deacon Fournier is serving the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, under Bishop Joseph Strickland. He serves at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and works with the Bishop. He is the General Legal Counsel for the Diocese of Tyler. He is also the Director of Deacon Formation for the Diocese of Tyler. Finally, He is the Dean of Catholic identity for the Bishop Gorman catholic School in the Diocese of Tyler.

Deacon Keith Fournier is the Dean and Chaplain of Catholic Online School.

Deacon Keith Fournier

Dean of Students

Deacon Keith Fournier

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Marshall Connolly has spent his life in service to God and the Church as an educator and writer. He is a graduate of the California State University system and has earned bachelor's degrees in English and History, as well as a teaching credential. He has completed additional studies at Whitman College, and the University of San Diego. His interests include science and apologetics and he writes on both subjects for Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.

He serves as the first Director of Education for Catholic Online School.

Marshall Connolly

Director of Education

Marshall Connolly