Judith Stegman

East Lansing, MI

Distance education opened a path for her study of Canon Law

Judith M. Stegman, CPA, owned an accounting firm in Lansing, Michigan, and decided in 2012 to pursue advanced studies in canon law. She chose Catholic Distance University in order to obtain the prerequisite Master's in Theology degree, enabling her to study from home while transitioning from business to full-time student.

As a certified public accountant, Judith worked full-time from 1983 to 2012 serving the tax and accounting needs of clients and volunteering her professional expertise to various not-for-profit and Church-related organizations. On a personal note, Judith has worked tirelessly to promote an accurate understanding of the ancient Ordo virginum, an individually lived form of consecrated life that existed in the earliest days of Christianity, pre-dating monastic and religious life. She is author of a guidebook that presents a wide spectrum of vocations in the Catholic Church and is a contributing author and editor of the first volume of the series on the restoration of the ancient order.

Judith is currently pursuing advanced studies in the canon law of the Catholic Church. She graduated in August 2014 from Catholic Distance University with a 4.0 GPA in a Theology/Philosophy major, thus enabling her to enter the School of Canon Law of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her theological study at Catholic Distance University prepared her for continued study and has provided new resources upon which she draws as she writes and speaks to Catholic audiences throughout the US.

"I highly recommend Catholic Distance University to anyone interested in pursuing a study of their faith. The professors were of the highest caliber and always available. The coursework was challenging and the daily interaction invaluable. CDU provided a transition from the business world to the study of Canon Law."