September 2, 2013

Catholic Distance University's programs "reignite a passion for being Catholic," said Marianne Evans Mount, president of the online university, based in Hamilton, Va.

"Many Catholics have advanced degrees in their professional fields, but they're operating at a third-grade level when it comes to their faith," she said, adding that the university provides "an education that is textured, deep and transformational."

Students from all 50 American states and 60 countries have earned degrees from Catholic Distance University or taken its courses and seminars.

It was launched in 1983 and has evolved into a nationally accredited institution of higher education. It offers three degree programs, including a master's in theology.