Do you have an interest in learning about what it means to live a moral life in Christ? Do you feel called to holiness? Are you interested in building virtue and living a moral life of excellence? If you are, your eagerness to do so is a sign of the Holy Spirit working in your life because the Holy Spirit always leads us to Christ and his Church. And it’s a sign that you’re responding to His divine impulses.

Objective: We’ll study what it means to live an authentic moral life, we'll take a look at virtues and some moral questions and learn why living a moral life in Christ is not simply important but essential.

What you believe and how you live has a radical effect on your life, it matters. A proper study of morality and the virtues is “a study of life truly lived.”

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Moral Theology - The Moral Life in Christ - Introduction

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The Moral Life in Christ - Introduction - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The Moral Life in Christ - Introduction - VIDEO

    • The Moral Life in Christ - Introduction - QUIZ


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