Adult Catechism

The purpose of the lessons in this course is to help each person grow in their love for God and the Church cultivating a deeper understanding of living as Orthodox Christians in the world. Participants will be invited to spend time during the week reading Scripture, meeting the saints, learning the hymns of the Church, and reinforcing the foundational teachings of the Faith all the while following the ecclesiastical calendar of the Orthodox Church.

One of our most important class routine will be a type of round-table discussion. In these discussions there will be a text or set of documents, some central questions, and a basic checklist of what will ultimately be the focus. This is an engaging systematic way of learning the material and a way for participants may explore questions. The written work and readings in this class will be in preparation for discussions which explore the topics of the day as guided by the facilitator.

OVERARCHING OBJECTIVE:
Grow in love for God and His Church through deeper knowledge of Theology, Scripture, Saints, History, and Spirituality in order to live and share the Word.

Course Syllabus

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Orthodox Study Bible

Documents provided by the instructor: TBD.

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Fr. Dionysios Koulianos holds an Associate of Applied Science from ITT Technical Institute (2002) in Computer Network System Technology, a Bachelor of Arts from Hellenic College (2012) in Religious Studies and a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (2015).

By the grace of God and through laying on of hands by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at his home parish in Fort Wayne, IN. Then through the laying on of hands by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Saint Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria, NY to his first assignment where he served as an assistant priest. In 2016, he was transferred and elevated to proistamenos to his assignment of Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree, MA. Fr. Dionysios and his wife, Presbytera Maria relocated to their new home on March 1st, 2020, when he was installed by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios and elevated to Dean of the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Springfield, MA where every day live a happy life working together to glorify God with all their hearts.

He wants to serve God’s people, leading them to know Him more closely for He loves us all greatly. In this wonderful journey, we are all here, lifelong learners, present, and ready to serve God and His people with honor and dignity. May God bless you all abundantly. dkoulianos.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebCam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
WebCam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
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To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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