Objective:  "Prepare the way for the Lord. Get ready. The Lord is coming." That's the message of Advent. 

Advent is a special time of grace, and in this course, students will learn all about the importance of this great season. During Advent, the Church calls us to clean our rooms, clean the house within, and sets aside special times for increased prayer and worship. Why do we do this? So we'll be ready for his coming, by having the clarity of living faith so we can recognize Him.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Advent & Christmas Season - The Season of Advent

    Show Content
    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Advent & Christmas Season - The Season of Advent - STUDY GUIDE
    • Advent & Christmas Season - The Season of Advent - VIDEO
    • Advent & Christmas Season - The Season of Advent - QUIZ

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Keith A. Fournier is first Dean of Students for Catholic Online School and editor-in-chief of Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.

Deacon Fournier is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Theology and Philosophy, BA), the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (Theology of Marriage and Family, MTS), the Catholic University of America (Masters in Philosophy, Moral Theology) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD). He is working toward the Th.D. in Moral Theology, focusing on the teaching of St. John Paul II.

He also holds honorary Doctorates in Humane letters and Divinity (LLD, DD) The Social Teaching of the Christian Church is a division of Moral Theology. Fournier has spent his life and work – in the public square and in ministry – offering authentic, classical and biblically faithful Christian Social Teaching available as leaven to be used for the renewal of human culture.

Attorney Fournier is a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate of many years. He views his vocational calling as “serving at the intersection of faith and culture”, a conviction which flows from his understanding of living the Christian faith as an integrated way of life. He has practiced law for 35 years. During that time he has appeared in multiple cases at the State and Federal level. He also appeared in several cases before the United States Supreme Court on Pro-Life, pro-Family and Religious Liberty concerns.

He served as the founding Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice in the nineteen nineties. He currently serves as Special Counsel to Liberty Counsel. he also serves as the Chief Counsel of the Common Good Legal Defense Fund, a project on the Common Good Foundation.

He has written hundreds of articles on faith, culture and life and eight books. He has also spent his life and ministry in multiple efforts committed to bringing Christians together and healing the wounds of division in the Body of Christ. His work is well known in the broad Christian community.

Deacon Keith Fournier is a married deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. Deacon Fournier and his wife Laurine have raised five children and have seven grandchildren. They reside in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Deacon Keith Fournier

Dean of Students

Deacon Keith Fournier