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History of the Church II: The Reformation to Vatican II is a Course

History of the Church II: The Reformation to Vatican II

Ended Apr 30, 2023

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5-Week Course


featuring text by Dr. Kevin Hughes and videos of faculty for Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

From the Great Papal Schism and the Reformation to Vatican Council II and its significance in history, this course explores the events, people, and themes that shaped the church from the 1300s to the 1960s. In what ways was the church shaped by the political and socio-cultural dynamics of these times? How did the church respond to the reformations and revolutions that shaped this era? And what does this say to us about our faith and our relationship to the church today? These questions are at the heart of the conversation for this course.

This course has a required text: Kevin L Hughes, Church History: Faith Handed On. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2002. (Loyola Press) (Amazon)


  • Week 1: Putting Church History in Context
  • Week 2: The Church Divided
  • Week 3: Expressing Faith in the New World
  • Week 4: Faith in Times of Change
  • Week 5: Faith in the Third Millennium

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Video clips;
  • Text transcripts of each featured video;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • An interactive timeline for events covered in the course;
  • A weekly introduction and study guide; and
  • A regularly updated Resources page to use for further study.

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected website.
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

Kevin L. Hughes Church History: Faith Handed On. Loyola Press, 2002.

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Content Scholars

  • Kevin L. Hughes, Ph.D. (text) was the editor of the journal Review for Religious as well as author of several books on Ignatian spirituality.
  • Francine Cardman, Ph.D. (video) Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
  • Richard Lennan, Dr.Theol (video) Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
  • Catherine M. Mooney, Ph.D. (video) Associate Professor of Church History at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
  • Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. (video) Former President of Fairfield University, Visiting Professor of the History of Christianity at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Certificate Requirement Categories

Themes of Our Christian Tradition

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