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Roles and Relationships in the Church Today


This C21 Resources course offers an opportunity for participants to explore how the Catholic Church in the 21st Century aspires to live out its mission through the roles and relationships of its members. 

Fr. Michael Himes edited this Fall 2013 issue entitled “Living Catholicism: Roles and Relationships for a Contemporary World.”  This collection of essays examines various ecclesial ministries in the Catholic Church today, pointing to the realities of a changing world and how the relationships of committed Catholics may shape the Church tomorrow.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.


Introductory Week

Week 1: Roles and Relationships in Existing Ecclesial Ministries

Week 2: Roles and Relationships within a Changing World

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Links to the readings;
  • Weekly introductions to each new topic;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and 
  • A regularly updated Resources page for further study of topics discussed in this course.

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

All materials are included in the course.  View this issue of C21 Resources, All materials are included in the course. View this issue of C21 Resources, "Intimacy and Relationships in Catholic Life."  If you prefer a hard copy of C21 Resources, email The Church in the 21st Century Center at

Time Commitment:

A participant can expect to spend an average of 3-4 hours each week.  This commitment includes both preparation and interaction online.

Fee: $25

Content Scholar

The articles were written by various scholars, under the editorship of Fr. Michael Himes, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY, and professor of theology in the Boston College Theology Department.