Catholic Distance University’s programs “reignite a passion for being Catholic,” said Marianne Evans Mount, president of the online university, based in Hamilton, the National Catholic Reporter reports. “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 states and 60 countries have earned degrees from Catholic Distance University or taken its courses and seminars. It was founded Aug. 22, 1983, as the Catholic Home Study Institute, educating exclusively through distance education using correspondence courses to educate the laity. The university has evolved into a nationally accredited, U.S. Department of Education-recognized institution of higher education. It offers three degree programs: a master’s in theology, a bachelor’s degree-completion program in theology, and an associate’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in Catholic studies.