A lecture series on the history, practices, and thought of Catholic faith. Lecture format (no required reading).


Catholicism 101 is an introduction to the fundamentals of Catholic faith, practice, and thought. We will cover the history and origins of apostolic faith, as well as the major elements of Catholic teaching and life. The content is targeted to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, increasing an awareness and understanding of Catholic faith. The course will be taught by Fr. Cody Jorgensen, OP the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Newman Center.

This is a course offered by the Catholic Newman Society RSO, and is not an affiliated course with the University of Utah. It is not offered for any academic credits, and costs nothing to attend. 

Plan of Lectures

A detailed plan of lectures will soon be posted below. The course will meet most all Wednesdays of the Winter/Spring 2023 semester, in the Marriott Library (M LI 1150) from 3:05-3:55pm.

We’ll cover many fundamental topics, and also some topics relevant to contemporary questions, such as:

History (in brief), Catholic worship, the arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, and music), the Saints & Mary, the Popes, priests, monks, nuns, the Inquisitions, Crusades, Catholics & Science, and other contemporary questions.


To register, please submit your name and email to this Google Form. Your information will only be used for course-related communication during the Spring 2023 semester.

Schedule of Lectures with Topics

1/18 Introduction & Origin of the Catholic Church

1/25 Catholic Theology & Introduction to the Sacraments

2/1 No Meeting

2/8 The Eucharist & the Mass

2/15 Life in Christ: An Introduction to Moral Theology

2/22 Saints & Sinners: the Cult of the Saints, and Notorious Catholics

3/1 Spirituality & the Sacramental Life: Catholic Devotion and Piety

3/8 Catholics and Beauty: Art, Architecture, and Music

3/15 No Meeting; Spring Break

3/22 The Evangelizing Mission of the Church: A Look at Missions Outside of Europe

3/29 Crusades & Inquisitions

4/5 Popes, Bishops, and Priests

4/12 Catholics & the Protestant Reformation

4/19 Catholics & Science

4/26 Controversial Teachings in the 21st Century