The Diocesan Catechetical Institute, an initiative of the Department of Catholic Formation and Evangelization, offers opportunities to form and certify adults involved in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis in the Diocese of Raleigh. The Catechetical Institute offers courses in two learning formats, onsite and online.
Onsite courses are available in each Deanery across the Diocese and are available in English and Spanish. Last year 450 parishioners, catechists, teachers and home-schooling parents participated in onsite courses.
Online courses have been offered through the Diocese since 2000. “Our partnerships with the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) and Notre Dame University’s Satellite Theological Education Program (STEP) allow us to meet the need for general adult formation,” said Robert Jones, Director of The Catechetical Institute. “We began offering the online courses in direct response to surveys which revealed time, distance and cost as challenges preventing participation.”
Gabriele Monetti , a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi, said, “They are an ideal way for an active adult, with the demands of a professional life and a family, to keep his or her theological and catechetical skills up to date. The materials are very well written, and the online discussions are very helpful.”
The Catechetical Institute is able to subsidize the courses to make them affordable: $40 per course through Dayton and a 50% discount off the course fee through Notre Dame.
The registration deadline for Fall courses through University of Notre Dame is August 23. They are offering courses such as The Creed: We Believe and The Confessions of St. Augustine. For more information go to http://step.nd.edu.
The registration deadline for courses that run from September 5 through October 9th through the University of Dayton is September 1st. There are about 25 courses, some available in Spanish. For more information, go to http://vlc.udayton.edu.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my course of study,” said Beth O’Leary, who studied Christian Marriage through STEP. “The course reading materials were interesting and thought provoking. Some of the documents were very challenging and brought a much better understanding of the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sacrament of marriage. The discussions with the facilitator and class members were lively, sometimes entertaining, sometimes challenging. The course definitely brought much growth to my faith understanding.”