Jesuit’s online courses will feature Pope’s bestselling Jesus of Nazareth books 

Fr. Joseph Fessio will teach theology courses using Benedict XVI’s works.

by Kevin Wandra Thursday, April 07, 2011

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Kevin Wandra, 678-990-9032,

SAN FRANCISCO, April 7, 2011 – Jesuit Fr. Joseph Fessio, Ignatius Press editor and founder and a former student of Pope Benedict XVI, will teach a series of online theology courses drawing upon the writings of Pope Benedict XVI, including the two volumes of Jesus of Nazareth, both New York Times best-sellers.

“We’ll examine theology from the foundations through revelation, Christ, the Church, the Sacraments and the Liturgy,” Fr. Fessio said. “We’ll use classic works of the 20th and 21st centuries by G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis and Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI.” Fr. Fessio’s courses are among a series of new online classes offered by the College of St. Thomas More (CSTM), Fort Worth, Texas, through its website for online courses

Ignatius Press and the online Angelicum Academy are collaborating with the College of St. Thomas More to provide the first comprehensive Great Books education online (48 credit hours) offered by any college. The 12 credit hours of theology taught by Fr. Fessio will complement the Great Books offerings, for a total, initially, of 60 credit hours – two years of college – online.

“In the Fall term, beginning Sept. 1, 2011, we will offer the first online, comprehensive, college-level Great Books courses, together with Fr. Fessio’s courses,” said college president Michael G. King. “The combination is designed to provide a unique, generalist education based on study of original great works of Western civilization, with the theology designed to complement these for a structured and sound education in the Catholic faith.”

The College of St. Thomas More is an accredited, Catholic college (listed in the Official Catholic Directory), approved by the State of Texas to award the bachelor's degree. A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is awarded by the College upon completion of its unique curriculum based on the Great Books. The College is a recommended, faithful Catholic college by the Newman Guide for Choosing a Catholic College.

For more information about Fr. Fessio’s theology courses or the Great Books online curriculum, or to schedule an interview with Fr. Fessio or College of St. Thomas More President Michael G. King, please contact Kevin Wandra with The Maximus Group at 678-990-9032. More information on the online courses is available at


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