Course Description

This sweeping review of the Catholic Church's relationship to the media through the ages, especially the 20th and 21st centuries, offers insight into how to engage with the media culture through media mindfulness and evangelization. Special attention is given to the most recent Popes' reflections during their World Communications Day messages. 


Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP is the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, CA and a Media Literacy Education Specialist. She is an international speaker, theologian, film reviewer, and blogger for and Her award-winning book "A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics" is a theology of popular culture. She has degrees in Communications Arts and a Masters in Theology and the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. Sr Nancy is an executive board member of CIMA (Catholics in Media Associates) and a member of NAMLE (National Association of Media Literacy Educators), SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communicators) and THEOCOM (Theology and Communications in Dialogue).

Sr Nancy Usselmann, FSP


Course curriculum

  • 01

    Church's History with Media

    • Early 20th Century

  • 02

    Vatican II

    • Vatican II and Aftermath

  • 03

    Pope John Paul II Era

    • The Pope and the Media

  • 04

    21st Century Popes

    • Pope Benedict & Pope Francis and the Media

    • Reflection on Aetatis Novae

  • Communion of Love: Theology of Communications


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  • Cultural Mysticism: Theology of Popular Culture


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