About Jared Dees

Jared Dees is the creator of The Religion Teacher, a website with resources for Catholic educators, and the author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator and a new study guide with commentary and reflection questions to help adults read, understand, and live the encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith).

Lumen Fidei Commentary: Journey, Profess, Build

Beginning with Pope Francis’s very first homily to the Cardinals the day after his election, we have seen a recurring format to his homilies in speeches: three words. He presents just three words for his audience to focus on, treating each one in a few sentences or paragraphs. In fact, this same approach can be […]

A Concise Summary to Lumen Fidei

One of the main goals of The Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Study Guide is to help make the Pope’s encyclical on faith easily accessible and applicable to the lives of readers. The study guide contains short summaries and in-depth, practical commentaries on each chapter of Lumen Fidei. Below you can find excerpts of the […]

St. Augustine on Faith and Reason in Lumen Fidei

In honor of the feast of Saint Augustine, I would like to share an excerpt from the commentary in The Lumen Fide (Light of Faith) Study Guide. Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, frequently cite Saint Augustine in the encyclical on faith. In Chapter Two, St. Augustine is at the center of […]

Commentary on Lumen Fidei by Fr. Robert Barron

In response the Holy Father’s encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), Fr. Robert Barron of Word on Fire shares a brief video commentary with thoughts on faith and a growing opposition to faith from the secular world. Watch Fr. Barron’s commentary on Lumen Fidei and use the questions below the video to reflect and […]

The Goals of Lumen Fidei

On Sunday, July 8, 2013, two days after publishing his encyclical on Faith, Pope Francis revealed a brief indication of the goals of Lumen Fidei. In his weekly Angelus address, he stated: I offer it with joy to the whole People of God: in fact, especially today, we need to go to the essentials of […]

“Lumen Fidei” to be Published on July 5, 2013

The Vatican announced on Monday morning that Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (“The Light of Faith”), will be released on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Rome time. Among those scheduled to be present at this event will be┬áCardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Archbishop […]