This course is suitable for all ages, including children, young adults, adults, and seniors.

Mary was the first evangelizer and the first disciple of her own Son, Savior and Lord, Jesus the Christ, and she gave the first Gospel testimony to her cousin, Elizabeth, without using any words. 

She always encountered God, in profound ways, from the beginning to the end of her life. In every encounter, she surrendered to love and was changed.

She was there throughout what are often called the "hidden years" in His life at Nazareth, where ordinary work was honored, and childrearing forever changed, because of His participation. His disciples spent three years with Him, during His "public ministry," but Mary spent 33 years!

Objective: In this course, students will learn all about Mary's role as a disciple. Students will learn how Mary was the first disciple, the Handmaiden of the Lord, and a Model of Holiness. 

Mary understood the work of the Holy Spirit unlike anyone in history. She had been clothed in that wonderful gift when she was first visited by the angel and "overshadowed." It empowered her to live her whole life in complete surrender to God's will and to thereby prefigure the mission of the entire Christian community, the Church, throughout history. She was the first disciple.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    An Introduction to Mary as Disciple with 'Certificate of Completion'

    • How to get your 'Certificate of Completion'

  • 02

    Mary as Disciple - Lesson 1 - First Disciple

    • Mary as Disciple - Lesson 1 - First Disciple - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 1 - First Disciple - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 1 - First Disciple - VIDEO

    • Lesson 1 - First Disciple - QUIZ

  • 03

    Mary as Disciple - Lesson 2 - Handmaid of the Lord

    • Mary as Disciple - Lesson 2 - Handmaid of the Lord - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 2 - Handmaid of the Lord - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 2 - Handmaid of the Lord - First Disciple - VIDEO

    • Lesson 2 - Handmaid of the Lord - QUIZ

  • 04

    Mary as Disciple - Lesson 3 - Model of Holiness

    • Mary as Disciple - Lesson 3 - Model of Holiness - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 3 - Model of Holiness - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 3 - Model of Holiness - VIDEO

    • Lesson 3 - Model of Holiness - QUIZ

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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 and Chaplin