About RCIA from Catholic Online School

RCIA from Catholic Online School is intended to serve as a supplement to your Parish RCIA program, or as a refresher for those who want to learn more about their Catholic Faith. Catechists are also invited to complete these courses, especially those that provide the essential knowledge required to serve in such a role.

This course was written and presented by Deacon Frederick Bartels, Professor of Theology (MA) and Department Chair of Theology for Catholic Online School.

These courses conform to the magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church and adhere strictly the Catechism.  They follow RCIA guidelines as established by the Vatican and USCCB. 

Each of the courses in this series ends with the award of a 'Certificate of Completion' that students may proudly display and present to their catechists. However, these lessons are only part of a complete RCIA program, one that requires active participation in your local parish community. Your parish will set forth all guidelines for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. 

While all students of Catholic Online School are invited to complete these lessons and earn a 'Certificate of Completion,' those wishing to become members of the Catholic Church are required to complete these courses in conjunction with a local parish RCIA program. 


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