Mary shows us the way of giving ourselves completely to the Lord.  Giving our own “Yes”. In this, Mary is our Model on the way of discipleship. Jesus, the Redeemer in the womb, was already saving the world and Mary, his chosen mother, was already His first disciple. She was the Model for each of us who bear His name. 

There is a way, a pattern that all men and women are invited into - not just once, but daily - which can become transformative, perfective of who we are as human persons. This way opens for each of us the deeper meaning of human life. It is the path to authentic peace and the portal of the mystery of meaning itself. This is what Christian Scripture calls the "more excellent way" the way of Love. 

Mary understands this Way and walked on it with extraordinary humility. It is the way of Her Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who is Love Incarnate, God with a human face. 

In this course, student will learn how and why Mary is a Model for each of us. Students will learn about Mary's relationship with the saints, how she's represented in the scriptures, the councils and in tradition. 

This course is best suited for young adults, adults, and seniors.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

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

    • How to get your 'Certificate of Completion'

  • 02

    Mary as Model - Lesson 1 - Mary in the Scriptures

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 1 - Mary in the Scriptures - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 1 - Mary in the Scriptures - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 1 - Mary in the Scriptures - VIDEO

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 1 - Mary in the Scriptures - QUIZ

  • 03

    Mary as Model - Lesson 2 - Mary and the Councils

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 2 - Mary and the Councils - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 2 - Mary and the Councils - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 2 - Mary and the Councils - VIDEO

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 2 - Mary and the Councils - QUIZ

  • 04

    Mary as Model - Lesson 3 - Mary and the Saints

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 3 - Mary and the Saints - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 3 - Mary and the Saints - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 3 - Mary and the Saints - VIDEO

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 3 - Mary and the Saints - QUIZ

  • 05

    Mary as Model - Lesson 4 - Mary in the Tradition

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 4 - Mary in the Tradition - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 4 - Mary in the Tradition - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 4 - Mary in the Tradition - VIDEO

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 4 - Mary in the Tradition - QUIZ

  • 06

    Mary as Model - Lesson 5 - Mary in the Liturgical Year

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 5 - Mary in the Liturgical Year - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 5 - Mary in the Liturgical Year - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 5 - Mary in the Liturgical Year - VIDEO

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 5 - Mary in the Liturgical Year - QUIZ

  • 07

    Mary as Model - Lesson 6 - Mary and the Early Church Fathers

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 6 - Mary and the Early Church Fathers - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 6 - Mary and the Early Church Fathers - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 6 - Mary and the Early Church Fathers - VIDEO

    • Mary as Model - Lesson 6 - Mary and the Early Church Fathers - 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