To understand why it’s appropriate for Catholics to honor Mary as they do and hold her up as an exemplary model of the Christian life, we need to discussing Mary’s entirely unique role in salvation history. Mary, is the Mother of God, she is the Queen of Heaven and Earth.

In this course, students will learn about Mary's role in our lives and that of Jesus Christ's. Students will learn why we pray to Mary and what it means to pray to her. 

In it we will answer the questions, why is Mary honored as the Queen of Heaven and Earth, do Catholics 'worship' Mary, and how does praying to Mary affect our relationship with Jesus Christ?

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Defending the Faith - Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 1 - The Virgin Mary’s Essential Role In Salvation History

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 1 - The Virgin Mary’s Essential Role In Salvation History - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 1 - The Virgin Mary’s Essential Role In Salvation History - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 1 - Virgin Mary's Essential Role In Salvation History - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (10/22/21)

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 1 - The Virgin Mary’s Essential Role In Salvation History - QUIZ

    • Hail Mary

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 1 - Virgin Mary's Essential Role In Salvation History - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - October 22 @ 10 AM Pacific

  • 02

    Defending the Faith - Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 2 - Why Is Mary Called The Mother of God?

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 2 - Why Is Mary Called The Mother of God? - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 2 - Why Is Mary Called The Mother of God? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 2 - Why Is Mary Called The Mother of God? - QUIZ

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 2 - Why Is Mary Called The Mother of God? - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - October 26 @ 10 AM Pacific

  • 03

    Defending the Faith - Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 3 - Why Is Mary Honored As Queen of Heaven and Earth?

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 3 - Why Is Mary Honored As Queen of Heaven and Earth? - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 3 - Why Is Mary Honored As Queen of Heaven and Earth? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 3 - Why Is Mary Honored As Queen of Heaven and Earth? - QUIZ

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 3 - Why Is Mary Honored As Queen of Heaven and Earth? - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - October 27 @ 10 AM Pacific

  • 04

    Defending the Faith - Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 4 - Praying To Mary: Is It Worship?

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 4 - Praying To Mary: Is It Worship?- Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 4 - Praying To Mary: Is It Worship? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 4 - Praying To Mary: Is It Worship? - QUIZ

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 4 - Praying To Mary: Is It Worship? - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - October 28 @ 10 AM Pacific

  • 05

    Defending the Faith - Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 5 - Is It Biblical to Pray to Mary and Other Saints for Their Intercession?

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 5 - Is It Biblical to Pray to Mary and Other Saints for Their Intercession? - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 5 - Is It Biblical to Pray to Mary and Other Saints for Their Intercession? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 5 - Is It Biblical to Pray to Mary and Other Saints for Their Intercession? - QUIZ

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 5 - Is It Biblical to Pray to Mary and Other Saints for Their Intercession? - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - October 29 @ 10 AM Pacific

  • 06

    Defending the Faith - Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 6 - Does Praying To Mary Detract From Our Relationship With Jesus?

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 6 - Does Praying To Mary Detract From Our Relationship With Jesus? - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 6 - Does Praying To Mary Detract From Our Relationship With Jesus? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 6 - Does Praying To Mary Detract From Our Relationship With Jesus? - QUIZ

  • 07

    Defending the Faith - Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 7 - Do Catholics Worship Mary?

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 7 - Do Catholics Worship Mary? - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 7 - Do Catholics Worship Mary? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary, Mother of God - Lesson 7 - Do Catholics Worship Mary? - QUIZ

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Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (joyintruth.com), an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children. Professor Bartels is Chairman of the Theology Department.

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Professor of Theology, Department Chair