Objective: The Church invites us to receive a wonderful gift from Jesus, the gift of reconciliation. Sometimes called Penance or confession, this beautiful gift is offered freely to all. 

But why should we go to confession? And for whom is this Sacrament intended? What can frequent use of confession do for us? 

Learn these answers and more in this wonderful class taught by Deacon Keith Fournier. 

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What others have been saying about this course:

beryl belliveau

5 star rating

“Focused on most important aspects of sacrament and very clear to understand.”

“Focused on most important aspects of sacrament and very clear to understand.”

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4 star rating

“This course is concise and informative. Keeps interest and is relevant with easy to recall information. ”

“This course is concise and informative. Keeps interest and is relevant with easy to recall information. ”

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Jeffrey Mahan

5 star rating

“It was very informative for the in catechized. Nice work!”

“It was very informative for the in catechized. Nice work!”

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Why go to Confession?

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Why go to Confession? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Why go to Confession? - VIDEO

    • Why go to Confession? - QUIZ

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 of Students