DWC Catechist Formation and Certification
University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF)

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has a long-standing partnership with the University of Dayton’s VLCFF to provide catechists with a convenient, inexpensive way to learn more about their faith and their vocation as a catechist. Catechists in our diocese have completed hundreds of courses through the VLCFF. We even have seven individuals from parishes in our diocese who have gone on to serve as course facilitators.

What does a course look like?
VLCFF courses run for five-week periods, year-round. Each week, you have a reading assignment and some questions to complete. Then, you’re asked to post in discussion boards in the online platform a few times throughout the week. At the end of each week, you complete a summary assignment that wraps things up.

What are the fees?
VLCFF courses cost $50. Our office will cover $25 for you. If the other $25 is an issue, our office can work with you and your parish to assist. Contact us at 304-233-0880, 374.

How do I sign up for a course?
Log on to vlcff.udayton.edu and create a profile. Be sure to select the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston when asked to identify your home diocese. This will ensure that you receive the $25 discount from our office when you sign up for a course. Once you’ve created a profile, you’ll be given the option to select “Register for a Course”.

Which courses should I take?
The VLCFF offers a wide range of courses, and you’re welcome to take any course you’d like. For a diocesan catechist certificate, complete these six courses:

• Introduction to Catechesis
• Introduction to Prayer OR Praying with Children
• Catholic Beliefs OR Survey of Catholic Doctrine
• Introduction to Scripture
• Images of Jesus
• Sacraments

The VLCFF is also starting a new series of catechist e-seminars. These seminars run for 3 weeks rather than 5. If you would prefer to take these shorter e-seminars en route to a catechist certification, please contact our office to make necessary arrangements.

Should I also sign up for the VLCFF’s own official certificate program?
Only if you expect you’ll move to a different diocese later in life. Each diocese handles certification differently, but many dioceses recognize the VLCFF certification. We will issue a diocesan catechist certificate when you’ve completed the required courses, regardless of whether you’ve done the extra steps with the VLCFF to receive their official certificate.

Please contact our office with any questions, including questions about past courses/trainings/degrees that you think may be comparable to one or more of the six courses listed above. You can reach us at 304-233-0880, ext. 374 or at nmayrand@dwc.org.