SHARE with the Diocese of Bridgeport

SHARE (Sacred Heart Adult Religious Education) for the Diocese of Bridgeport is a four-year certificate program created through a partnership between Sacred Heart University and the Diocese of Bridgeport. This theology program for adults will help Catholics understand their faith and empower them to put it into action. It provides high level instruction in Scripture, theology, Church history and moral teaching. The certificate is received after the 20 courses are completed.

This program has a no-test format. Students can take one or more classes, or complete the entire four-year certificate program.

Total classes to complete the certificate = 20
(the 15 required courses / 5 others as you wish from the core curriculum and/or elective courses)

Required Courses

Reading the Old Testament The Psalms
Sacraments of Initiation Synoptic Gospels
Catholic Social Teaching The Nicene Creed
Letters of Saint Paul Mary, the Perfect Disciple
American Church History Christology
Church as a Sacrament The Blessed Trinity
Sacraments of Healing and Vocation Liturgy of the Church

*If you are a religious sister in the diocese please email directly to register for courses

Upcoming Offerings

Church as a Sacrament, The Second Vatican Council: Renewing Our Appreciation!
The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) was a watershed event in the history of the Church. The Council shook Catholic Identity in a profound way and was a significant transformation in the Church's sense of itself and its mission in the world.  This course is an introduction to a more comprehensive understanding of Church as articulated in the Vatican II document, The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium).  The course explores the eight chapters of the document to unpack some of the themes, concerns, beauty, and challenges that the Fathers of Vatican II saw for the life and mission of the Church of the twentieth century and beyond.  Consideration will be given to how this document can be and should be used to engage contemporary Catholic life and exercise an influence on the wider culture.  Dr. Kelly will lead us on a six week exploration of how the effects of Vatican II continue to influence the contemporary church.

  • Dates: Thursdays, October 3 to November 14 (no class on October 31)
  • Time: 7:35pm to 9:35pm
  • Location: Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT
  • Instructor: Dr. Joan Kelly
  • Cost: $210

This course will consider the Church's understanding of Christ through various Scripture passages and Council documents.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, November 12 to December 17
  • Time:  7pm to 9pm
  • Location: Stamford Campus, 3 Landmark Square, Stamford, CT 
  • Instructor: Father Joseph Koterski
  • Cost: $210


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Questions or More Information

Gina Donnarummo
Tel: 203-416-1446
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