Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization
Make Disciples, Be Witnesses


LANE classes unpack the treasures of Sacred Scripture and Tradition, making them comprehensible, accessible, and shareable in the twenty-first century. Classes focus on five major themes of the Catholic faith: Bible, Doctrine, Prayer and Liturgy, Social Teaching, and Pilgrimage. Instructors are recruited from the best and brightest at local academic institutions, Catholic organizations, and the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

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2019 Spring Classes

2019 spring classes run for seven weeks beginning the week of February 4, with a break for the week of Ash Wednesday. Classes are located at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Fr. Nash Hall. Tuition is $35 plus materials. You can register beginning on January 14 up to the first day of class at the door.


  • BIB 202 – The New Testament Story

  • PRAY 201 – Liturgy: The Church at Prayer


  • DOC 203 – 7 Sacraments, 7 Priests, 7 Weeks


BIB 202 – The New Testament Story

Spring 2019: February 4, 11, 18, and 25; March 11, 18, and 25
Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake

Most of us are familiar with parts and pieces of the New Testament. We know the general outline of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection; we have a sense of his teachings; and we recall some of Jesus’ parables and highlights from the Book of Acts. Often, we hear excerpts from the letters of St. Paul and other apostles in Mass. But it can be challenging to put all of these pieces together in our minds in order to have a clear picture of the whole New Testament story.

Now is a great time to look at the New Testament with fresh eyes. This seven-week class is a survey of the New Testament that covers the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles, and Revelation. Discover the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the story of the early Church, and what it all means for the average Christian.

Week-by-Week Description:

  1. Cousins of the Promise: John and Jesus

  2. Prophet, Priest, and King: Jesus’ Ministry Years

  3. Passion, Resurrection, and Pentecost: The Mystical Body of Christ

  4. The Mission to the Gentiles: Acts from Cornelius to the Council of Jerusalem

  5. To the Ends of the Earth: Acts, the Church, and the Gospel to the Nations

  6. The Letters of St. Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ

  7. We Saw, Testify, and Proclaim: Other Apostolic Letters and the Revelation to John

Students will benefit from having taken BIB 101: Introduction to the Bible and BIB 201: The Old Testament Story, but they are not required and can be taken in any sequence.

Instructor: Greg Smith

Greg is a dynamic teacher, prolific writer, and experienced leader who serves as the Director of Ministry Strategy at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Holland, MI. He brings a unique perspective as a former Protestant minister and adult convert to Catholicism. Greg attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, Calvin Theological Seminary, and UCLA.

LANE Theme: Bible

Catechist Certification Credits: 1.5 CEU or 7 DFH in Professional Theology

PRAY 201 – Liturgy: The Church at Prayer

Spring 2019: February 4, 11, 18, and 25; March 11, 18, and 25
Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake

This course aims to provide a deeper understanding of the Church’s public prayer. Through an introduction to general principles and an examination of individual rites, students will:

  • Learn what sets the liturgy apart from other forms of prayer

  • Become more fluent in the language of sign and symbol

  • Navigate tensions between the eternal and timebound, universal and local

  • Explore the nature of full, conscious, and active participation.

Week-by-Week Description:

  1. What is Liturgy? – The liturgy as public prayer is more than the collected prayers of Christians praying at the same time. But just what sets it apart from private prayer or public devotions? Starting from the Church’s definitions of “liturgy,” we will explore the ways that liturgy connects us to the divine life and the ways we might participate more fully in liturgical action.

  2. The Liturgy through Time and Space – The liturgy is a gift of God and a fruit of human development. Accordingly, the lands and cultures through which the faith has passed have nourished the apostolic traditions of worship into a diverse family of Christian rites. This class will view examples of non-Roman rites. It will also trace the evolution of the Roman Rite through time, using past models of development to inform how liturgy might change in our present day and what the future may hold.

  3. Sacred Signs and Sacred Music – Texts play an important part in Christian worship, but the liturgy is meant to engage the whole of the human person. Accordingly, touch, taste, sight, and smell have prominent places in our ritual “language” alongside the words we prayer. The way we say – or better, sing – the words can also make a tremendous difference. Our discussion of individual signs will unpack the meaning embedded in our rites. Our study of the Church’s teaching on sacred music will allow us to describe more precisely the nature and function of liturgical song.

  4. The Liturgical Year – God is infinite, and we are not. We cannot grasp God in his fullness, only contemplate him from different vantage points at different times. The Church, in her wisdom, has distributed the events of Christ’s life and the principle mysteries of faith throughout a yearly cycle to allow us to do just that. After exploring the rationale underlying this liturgical year and examining, briefly, its elaboration through time, we will discuss the distinct character of each season as encountered in its prayers and disciplines.

  5. The Sacrament of Baptism – The outward signs of the sacraments accomplish inner workings of grace. We will explore how the sacraments in general accomplish the work of the liturgy, and then examine the foundational sacrament through Roman rites of Baptism. Discussion of individual elements of the baptismal rites will provoke consideration of how signs can enhance the fruitfulness of sacraments and renew their effects within us long after we have received them.

  6. The Mass – The celebration of Sunday Eucharist is the main way that Roman Catholics experience the liturgy. By studying the structure of the Mass and the nature of its parts, we will search for ways to participate more deeply in this preeminent act of worship.

  7. Christ Beyond the Sacraments – The Church possesses many forms of liturgical prayer beyond the celebration of the sacraments. Blessings and processions, as liturgies, also connect us in their own way to the work of Christ. After examining select examples of such rites, we will study the Church’s daily prayer of the Psalms through the Liturgy of the Hours and, finally, conclude class by “doing liturgy” in a celebration of Night Prayer.

Instructor: Aaron Sanders

Aaron is the director of worship for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Prior to coming to Grand Rapids, he served as the director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina. Aaron’s previous roles include serving as a director of liturgy, a theology professor, and a sacristan. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

LANE Theme: Prayer and Liturgy

Catechist Certification Credits: 1.5 CEU or 7 DFH in Spirituality

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DOC 203 – 7 Sacraments, 7 Priests, 7 Weeks

Spring 2019: February 6, 13, 20, and 27; March 13, 20, and 27
Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life.” As ministers of the sacraments, priests accompany us through each stage of our faith journey. As a result, they have a unique perspective to share on these signs of grace. During each session of this seven-week class, a different priest will share his insights on one of the sacraments. He will also unpack the Church’s teaching on the sacrament and give advice on how to receive sacramental grace. If you’ve ever wondered why the sacraments matter or what your priest is thinking while he’s administering them, this is the class for you.

Week-by-Week Description:

  1. Baptism: Msgr. William Duncan

  2. Confirmation: Fr. Nicholas Monco, OP

  3. Eucharist: Fr. Michael Cilibraise

  4. Holy Orders: Fr. Ronald Hutchinson

  5. Marriage: Fr. Mark Bauer

  6. Reconciliation: Fr. René Constanza, CSP

  7. Anointing of the Sick: Fr. Stanley Drongowski, OP


  • Msgr. William Duncan is the pastor at St. Sebastian Parish in Byron Center, MI. He is also the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

  • Fr. Nicholas Monco, OP, is the chaplain of the Saint Benedict Institute at Hope College in Holland, MI. He received a Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degree from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.

  • Fr. Michael Cilibraise is the pastor at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Holland, MI. He received his MDiv from Mundelein Seminary. He worked in law enforcement for 24 years before following a call to the priesthood.

  • Fr. Ronald Hutchinson is the administrator at the Basilica of St. Adalbert, St. James Parish, and St. Mary Parish in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also the Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations and Continuing Formation for Clergy in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

  • Fr. Mark Bauer is the associate pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Greenville, MI, and and St. Joseph-St. Mary Parish in Belding, MI.

  • Fr. René Constanza, CSP, is the rector/pastor at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids, MI. He also oversees the mission of the Catholic Information Center in Grand Rapids.

  • Fr. Stanley Drongowski, OP, is the chaplain at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI.

LANE Theme: Doctrine

Catechist Certification Credits: 1.5 CEU or 7 DFH in Professional Theology

2019 Class Schedule

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Catechist Certification

Catechists, diocesan leaders, and ministry professionals who take LANE classes can earn credit toward certification. Students can earn 7 Diocesan Formation Hours (DFH) or 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for a seven-week class. They can earn 0.75 CEU or 4.5 DFH for a three-week intensive. Credits are in Professional Theology, Spirituality, or Evangelization/Methodology.