MMU offering discounted courses to staff, teachers, volunteers in Archdiocese of Dubuque parishes

Mount Mercy University is now offering online courses to audit at a greatly reduced tuition rate for staff members, teachers, and volunteers in the Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque parishes and schools. The Center of Learning for the Church (CLC), created in consultation with the Archdiocese, allows for any five-week, online undergraduate course to be audited for the low cost of only $150 per course, with the approval of an MMU advisor.

“The Church needs well-formed leaders to assume the numerous roles important to fulfilling its mission to spread the ‘good news,’" said Monsignor Thomas Toale, Ph.D., Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. “We are pleased that Mount Mercy University has developed the Center of Learning for the Church to support the parishes and institutions of the Archdiocese.”

Courses are available in a range of topics, including religious studies, ethics, business, the social sciences, and the arts. Although enrollment is open now for courses, Father Tony Adawu, residential chaplain of MMU, will teach the first religious studies course, “Church in Contemporary Society,” offered in February 2018. In addition, courses uniquely designed for CLC students will also be available.

“I am enthused for the new Center to begin its work,” said Mount Mercy President Laurie Hamen, J.D. “Our faculty have been listening to the voices within Archdiocesan parishes and schools, and we know that many people who serve the Church need the concepts and skills contained in Mount Mercy courses, particularly when provided with the convenience of an online delivery system and a reasonable price. We look forward to a continued fruitful educational partnership with the Archdiocese through the Center and other initiatives.”

All religious studies and philosophy professors at MMU possess the Church’s Mandatum to teach. An academic advisor who will assist with course selection and program benefits will be available to those enrolled in CLC courses.

If interested, visit for more information regarding the CLC and the application process.

Please contact Dr. Phil Drey at or 319-363-1323 x1855 with questions.

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