Among the offices of the Church, the chief place is given to the bishops who receive the fullness of the priesthood, and govern the particular churches assigned to them as Christ’s vicars (CCC, 894). By virtue of the authority and sacred power they receive from Christ, the bishops teach and govern by “their counsels, exhortations, and example” (ibid). They sanctify the Church by their “prayer and work,” and “by their ministry of the word and of the sacraments” (CCC, 893). 

The bishops of the Church are essential to handing on the Word of God in its full purity to all generations, just as the apostles were 2000 years ago.

Objective: In this course, students will learn about the role of bishops in the Church. Students will learn who bishops are and why they are necessary.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Defending the Faith - The Role of The Bishops of The Church

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Role of The Bishops of The Church - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - The Role of The Bishops of The Church Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (4/23/21)

    • The Role of The Bishops of The Church - QUIZ

    • Live Lesson Opening Prayer


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 (, 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