The Lumen Fidei Study Guide

The Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Study GuideNow available on Amazon Kindle and at Ave Maria Press

Reading and understanding the deeply theological work of papal encyclicals can be a challenge for the everyday Catholic, yet understanding the lessons in Pope Francis’s first encyclical at this time in the Church’s history has never been more important.

The Lumen Fidei Study Guide includes summaries of each section, in depth commentary, reflection questions, a glossary of key terms, and suggestions for integrating the encyclical into personal or community prayer. Perfect for personal study or group discussions, this study guide is the essential companion to the “work of four hands,” Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Individuals: Purchase and download the eBook on from Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo.

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What People Are Saying

“An accessible, affectionate guide to the beauty and challenge of Lumen Fidei. Dees’s commentaries are the real gold here, filled with examples from daily living.”

Joyce Donahue
Catechetical Associate
Diocese of Joliet Religious Education Office

“Pope Francis has said of Lumen Fidei that it could be useful for those ‘searching for God and for the meaning of life.’ This study guide is a clear, intuitive, and compelling resource for these spiritual seekers. In this way, it is an outstanding resource for the New Evangelization.”

Sean Ater
Director of the Office of the New Evangelization
Archdiocese of Cincinnati

“The Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Study Guide is a wonderful companion piece to Pope Francis’s first encyclical. Jared Dees guides readers through the text with a catechist’s heart by offering insightful commentary and excellent questions for reflection. This study guide is a must read for catechists, Catholic school teachers, pastors, and individual Catholics looking to deepen their understanding of the virtue of faith as outlined in Lumen Fidei.”

Jonathan F. Sullivan
Director of Catechetical Services
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

“With thoughtful summaries and friendly language, this study guide will help every reader unpack, reflect, and apply Lumen Fidei in the Year of Faith and beyond!”

Pat Gohn
Author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious

“Jared Dees provides vital insight and clarity into this important encyclical. An indispensable study guide for understanding and deepening faith in this Year of Faith.”

Marc Cardaronella
Director of Religious Education
Holy Cross Church
Champaign, Illinois

“If you want to understand Lumen Fidei in a real and personal way, let Jared Dees be your tour guide. A real gem!”

Kevin Cotter
Director of PopeAlarm.com and FOCUS Curriculum and Web

About the Author

Jared Dees, AuthorJared Dees is the author of The Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Study Guide. He is the creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, which provides practical resources and teaching strategies to religious educators, and the author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator. Like many other Catholics, he is a Pope Francis enthusiast and well-versed in the writings and theology of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. He is passionate about using  a practical approach to sharing and inspiring faith in others.