When was the last time you experienced a really special or life-changing Lent? Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, and we decide on something to give up for the next 40 days. But why do we do this? And how can we choose something truly meaningful? 

Objective:  In this course, students will learn all about the Lenten sacrifice and how to choose their promise for Lent.  

This Lent, find something to give up or to add to your life that will help to draw you closer to Christ and others. May your Lenten promise help you turn toward God during this holy season.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    What To Give Up During Lent

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • What To Give Up During Lent - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • What To Give Up During Lent - VIDEO

    • What To Give Up During Lent - Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/28/22)

    • What To Give Up During Lent- 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 (joyintruth.com), 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