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"The Rosary of the Virgin Mary
Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II On the Most Holy Rosary

Course Description:
Whether you have little or lots of experience with the Rosary, this course will help you enter more fully into the mysteries of the life of Christ while deepening your relationship with his mother!

More than a Web course - It's a Prayer Experience!

"I would like to suggest to all of you that you intensify your praying of the Rosary, privately and in community, to obtain from the Lord those graces that the Church and humanity especially need. I invite everyone to do this: children, adults, young and old, families, parishes and religious communities." ~ Pope John Paul II in his message for the 77th World Mission Day.

This Catholic Digital Course will be a time of learning combined with contemplative prayer.

In this course, you will study:
• The history of the Rosary
• Jesus through the eyes of his mother
• How to pray the Rosary more powerfully
• Using the Rosary to grow in holiness

This course has 4 lessons:
• The History of the Rosary
   - Praying the Joyful Mysteries
• Contemplating Christ with Mary
   - Praying the Luminous Mysteries
• Living the Passion with Christ
   - Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries
• The Chain that Links us to God
   - Praying the Glorious Mysteries

Scholarships are available for those who are unable to pay

You will be assigned a different portion of the Church document, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, to read each week. Below is a list of options for obtaining this material:

  • The text will be on the website incorporated into the lessons.
  • Download the Windows Word document file (warning! this is a 25-page print-out). HOW TO DOWNLOAD IT: Place your mouse pointer over its link and right-click your mouse to open the Windows dialog box, then choose "Save target as..." and save it in your "My Documents" folder (or wherever you want to keep it).
  • Preferred Method (much easier to use!)
    You can buy it at your local Catholic book store or order it online from The Catholic Company (we provide this link as a courtesy to you, not as an endorsement of this company).

Instructor: Terry Modica
Terry is the author of the daily Good News Reflections and has been teaching parish seminars on the Catholic Catechism and Church documents since 1994.

Terry converted to Catholicism in 1977. At first she struggled to find a genuine relationship with the Blessed Mother and the Rosary for her felt like mere babble. So she gave up and told Jesus, "If you want me to know your mother, you'll have to introduce her to me." A few years later, while working as a Catholic reporter covering the visit of a Marian speaker, Mary made herself known to Terry. The two have been a team ever since. In fact, Mary played a major role in getting Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay started, a Catholic evangelization ministry that is consecrated to her patronage under the title of Our Lady of the Lilies.

Since 1977, Terry has been interested in the teachings of the Church. Always involved in her parishes, she gained a reputation as an inspirational speaker and writer. She's been a published author since 1982. She was certified in Pastoral Administration by the Diocese of Trenton, NJ, in 1992 and in Pastoral Ministry by the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, in the spring of 2003. ( more )

Here's how the Good News Digital Classroom works:

Since you are signing up for a self-study course, after you register, you will be given the webpage where the course begins and a password to access it. There are theological reflection questions throughout.

You have a month to complete the course before your password expires. If you need more time, you may request an extension.

At the end of the course, if you have posted your homework assignments, you may request an emailed certificate that acknowledges successful completion of the course. This is useful for those who need continuing education for their work as catechists or in other ministries.

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