Vermont Diocese to Launch Digital Catholic High School

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Diocese of Burlington, this fall, hopes to become one of the first in the country to open a digital high school, where lectures, class discussions and homework largely take place in an online environment instead of a traditional bricks-and-mortar classroom.

Although online courses have long been available to Catholic home-school students, including some that go back to the 1990s, the idea of an accredited and diocesan-supported online Catholic school is quite new. The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) said it is aware of the existence of just one other: the Archdiocese of Miami Virtual Catholic School.

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From Aleteia: A bishop who tweets, podcasts and talks to the flock from his car

Bishop Christopher J. Coyne became bishop of the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, a little over a year ago, arriving from Indiana where he was Bishop for the Southern Region of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Born in Woburn, MA, Coyne was ordained to the priesthood in 1986 for the Archdiocese of Boston and received a Licentiate degree in Sacred Liturgy and a Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’Anselmo in Rome.  Returning to Boston, he went on to serve in various diocesan roles, as well as a parish pastor and professor of Sacred Liturgy and Homiletics at St. John’s Seminary.

Coyne is the current chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Communications committee— and a perfect man for the job. His innovative use of digital media to share the Gospel is a stand out. In addition to what he and his staff are doing at the diocesan level, he has his own web site which features a hosts of digital media products he produces to teach and connect with the people he serves. He recently spoke to Aleteia’s Zoe Romanowsky about it.

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