Objective:  St. Philip's Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization presents - The Way of Christ faith formation program. The Way of Christ introduces students to the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church, the basics of what Catholics believe and how Catholics should live. It contains answers to common questions about Catholic beliefs and practices. By reading through these lessons, the reader will come to know this simple and profound faith, the faith taught by Jesus Christ and handed down in the one Church He established.

The Way of Christ: Student's Bookis graciously included as a FREE downloadable PDF in this course, thanks to the generosity of Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas. This deeply informative 95-page book is intended to be used in a variety of ways. It may be read as part of a personal study of Catholicism. It can refresh the knowledge of practicing Catholics. And it can reintroduce the Catholic faith to someone who has been away from the Church for some time.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 1 - Divine Revelation

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 1 - Divine Revelation - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 1 - Divine Revelation - VIDEO

    • Divine Revelation - Live Lesson with Professor Marshall Connolly, Feb. 8 @ 9 AM Pacific

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 1 - Divine Revelation Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/8/21)

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 1 - Divine Revelation - QUIZ

  • 02

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 2 - The Trinity

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 2 - The Trinity - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 2 - The Trinity - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 2 - The Trinity - QUIZ

  • 03

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 3 - Creation and Fall

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 3 - Creation and Fall - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 3 - Creation and Fall - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 3 - Creation and Fall Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/9/21)

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 3 - Creation and Fall - QUIZ

    • Creation and Fall Images

  • 04

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 4 - Salvation History

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 4 - Salvation History - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 4 - Salvation History - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 4 - Salvation History Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/12/21)

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 4 - Salvation History - QUIZ

  • 05

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 5 - Jesus Christ

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 5 - Jesus Christ - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 5 - Jesus Christ - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 5 - Jesus Christ - QUIZ

  • 06

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 6 - The Paschal Mystery

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 6 - The Paschal Mystery - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 6 - The Paschal Mystery - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 6 - The Paschal Mystery - QUIZ

  • 07

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 7 - The Holy Spirit

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 7 - The Holy Spirit - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 7 - The Holy Spirit - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 7 - The Holy Spirit - QUIZ

  • 08

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 8 - The Church

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 8 - The Church - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 8 - The Church - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 8 - The Church - QUIZ

    • The Church - Live Lesson with Professor Marshall Connolly March 16 @ 9 AM

  • 09

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 9 - Mary and the Saints

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 9 - Mary and the Saints - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 9 - Mary and the Saints - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 9 - Mary and the Saints - QUIZ

  • 10

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 10 - The Last Four Things

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 10 - The Last Four Things - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 10 - The Last Four Things - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 10 - The Last Four Things Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/4/21)

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 10 - The Last Four Things - QUIZ

  • 11

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 11 - Sacraments and Liturgy

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 11 - Sacraments and Liturgy - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 11 - Sacraments and Liturgy - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 11 - Sacraments and Liturgy - QUIZ

  • 12

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 12 - Baptism and Confirmation

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 12 - Baptism and Confirmation - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 12 - Baptism and Confirmation - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 12 - Baptism and Confirmation - QUIZ

  • 13

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 13 - The Eucharist

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 13 - The Eucharist - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 13 - The Eucharist - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 13 - The Eucharist - QUIZ

  • 14

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 14 - The Mass

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 14 - The Mass - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 14 - The Mass- VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 14 - The Mass - QUIZ

  • 15

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 15 - Reconciliation and Anointing

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 15 - Reconciliation and Anointing - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 15 - Reconciliation and Anointing - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 15 - Reconciliation and Anointing - QUIZ

  • 16

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 16 - Holy Orders

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 16 - Holy Orders - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 16 - Holy Orders - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 16 - Holy Orders Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/3/21)

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 16 - Holy Orders - QUIZ

  • 17

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 17 - Holy Matrimony

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 17 - Holy Matrimony - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 17 - Holy Matrimony - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 17 - Holy Matrimony - Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/2/21)

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 17 - Holy Matrimony - QUIZ

  • 18

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 18 - The Christian Moral Life

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 18 - The Christian Moral Life - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 18 - The Christian Moral Life - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 18 - The Christian Moral Life - QUIZ

  • 19

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 19 - Culture of Life

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 19 - Culture of Life - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 19 - Culture of Life - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 19 - Culture of Life Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/10/21)

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 19 - Culture of Life - QUIZ

  • 20

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 20 - Catholic Social Teaching

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 20 - Catholic Social Teaching - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 20 - Catholic Social Teaching - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 20 - Catholic Social Teaching - QUIZ

  • 21

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 21 - Tradition of Prayer

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 21 - Tradition of Prayer - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 21 - Tradition of Prayer - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 21 - Tradition of Prayer Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (3/4/21)

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 21 - Tradition of Prayer - QUIZ

    • Tradition of Prayer - Live Lesson with Professor Marshall Connolly March 4 @ 9 AM Pacific

  • 22

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 22 - Sin and Temptation

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 22 - Sin and Temptation - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 22 - Sin and Temptation - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 22 - Sin and Temptation - QUIZ

  • 23

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 23 - Going to Confession

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 23 - Going to Confession - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 23 - Going to Confession - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 23 - Going to Confession - QUIZ

  • 24

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 24 - Battle of the Spiritual Life

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 24 - Battle of the Spiritual Life - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 24 - Battle of the Spiritual Life - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 24 - Battle of the Spiritual Life - QUIZ

  • 25

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 25 - The Virtues

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 25 - The Virtues - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 25 - The Virtues - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 25 - The Virtues - QUIZ

  • 26

    The Way of Christ - Lesson 26 - Holy Week

    • Introduction

    • Companion Guide - The Way of Christ Student's Book

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 26 - Holy Week - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 26 - Holy Week - VIDEO

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 26 - Holy Week - QUIZ

    • The Way of Christ - Lesson 26 - Holy Week - Live Lesson with Professor Marshall Connolly - March 24 @ 9 AM Pacific

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Stacy Trasancos is a convert to Catholicism and a nationally-recognized author, speaker, and educator on the topic of theology and science. She has a PhD in chemistry and an MA in dogmatic theology. She is a teaching fellow for Bishop Robert Barron’s new Word on Fire Institute and regularly appears on Catholic Answers Live to answer questions about faith and science. She is the author of three books: Particles of Faith, Science Was Born of Christianity, and 20 Answers: Bioethics. Her work was featured in Forbes, and she has written numerous articles for publications such as National Catholic Register, St. Austin’s Review, and Catholic World Report. She has appeared on Catholic radio shows, including SiriusXM’s The Jennifer Fulwiler Show and Busted Halo with Fr. Dave Dwyer. Dr. Trasancos teaches online theology courses for Seton Hall University’s Catholic Studies program. She and her family moved from the Adirondacks of upstate New York to East Texas last year–a coming home to her birthplace–and now she is the Executive Director for the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization founded by Bishop Joseph Strickland in the Diocese of Tyler, Texas.

She is a mother of seven and wife to her dear husband, Jose. They enjoy their life together in Hideaway, Texas.

Stacy Trasancos, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Fr. Joshua Neu is the Director of Faith Formation of the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization. Ordained on June 27, 2018, Fr. Neu is a priest of the Diocese of Tyler. After completing a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Dallas, he entered formation for the priesthood. Fr. Neu studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and then went on to complete a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (S.S.L.) at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. In addition to his love of Sacred Scripture, Fr. Neu has particular interests in the Sacred Liturgy, Historical Theology, and Linguistics. Fr. Neu is currently the Director of Faith Formation in the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization, as well as the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Tyler.

Fr. Joshua Neu, S.S.L.

Director of Faith Formation

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deanna Johnston is the Director of Family Life at St. Philip Institute in Tyler, Texas.

Deanna Johnston, M.A.

Director of Family Life

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Fr. Braun is the Director of Youth Formation for the St Phillip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization. He is working on developing content and curriculum to help the youth of the Diocese of Tyler , and to form those who work with youth. Fr. Braun received his Masters of Divinity and STB from the Pontifical College Josephinum, and was ordained on June 9, 2012, by Bishop Alvaro Corrada del Rio. He has served the Diocese of Tyler as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for three years, while also working as Chaplain to Bishop Gorman Catholic School, and beginning in 2013 as Director of Vocations. In the fall of 2015 he left his work at the Cathedral and began doing Chaplaincy work at St. Mary's Campus Ministry at Stephen F. Austin University and then at the University of Texas at Tyler. In January 2018, Fr. Braun was assigned as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart parish in Texarkana, Texas and was assigned as Director of Youth Formation for the St. Philip Institute in June of 2018. Fr. Braun has the great joy of being an uncle to 9 wonderful nephews and nieces, a great-nephew, and occasionally plays the drums for fun and hits the golf ball. He's worked with youth ministry since his days as a student in Longview, TX some 20 years ago, and he's very excited to serve the youth and help them get to heaven.

Fr. Justin Braun

Director of Youth Formation

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Mikki Sciba is the Seasons of Infancy and Initiation Specialist for the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization in the Diocese of Tyler. She develops and implements creative methods for evangelizing and catechizing children between the ages of 0-12 years. This includes sacramental preparation for Baptism, Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Communion. Her efforts also include integrating the children’s catechesis into opportunities for continued formation of adults and families. Along with her husband, Matthew, she coordinates the special needs ministry for the Diocese of Tyler. Mikki graduated from Benedictine College in 2005 with a B.A. in Religious Studies, Youth Ministry, and Philosophy. Mikki and her husband live in Tyler with their three children.

Mikki Sciba B.S.

Seasons of Infancy and Initiation Specialist

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Under the Director of Communications, I create all of the Institute's videos, photos, and visual media. I am a graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University and have earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications Media.

Nicholas Willey, B.S.

Cinemtographer