Courses to encounter,
grow and equip

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, (Romans 12:2)

The Institute offers onsite and online opportunities for encountering God , growing in knowledge and practice of the faith and training for service.

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Adult Faith Formation: Encounter and Grow Courses

These are non-credit, non-graded courses for spiritual enrichment and growth. These courses share the fullness of Catholic truth and life in a way that is accessible to all. Whether you are just beginning your spiritual journey or have been on your way for many years —  All will enjoy and benefit from these courses.

New Series- Feasting on God’s Word -Encountering Sacred Scripture

Feasting on God’s Word is a series of online and in-person classes for Catholics hungry for a deeper knowledge of Scripture. Courses cover the entire Bible in three years. These courses are for spiritual enrichment. There are no grades, and the only homework is reading the Bible.

Courses starting this Fall:

Courses for Catechists and Directors of Religious Education

Supplementing our Franciscan@Home certification courses, the Institute provides additional opportunities for learning in community, whether that community meets face to face or online. These courses provide ongoing professional and spiritual formation to all those involved in teaching the faith Whether you are teaching small children, youth or adults you will benefit from these courses.

  • Coming soon: Methods of Religious Education (M.O.R.E.): Catechetical Leadership

Advanced Courses in Catholic Theology

The Institute offers more academic courses for those in the Permanent Diaconate formation program and also for those pursuing the online MA through our partnership with Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Courses Fall 2021:

  • Diaconate Courses (enrollment limited to those in the diaconate formation program)
    • Patristics
    • Liturgical Theology



The Institute’s Canvas Learning Management System also houses professional development courses for Catholic School Teachers, Administrators and Staff developed by the Department of Education of the Diocese of Venice.

More to Come!

As the Institute grows, we hope to continue to expand the range of courses offered to become your home for life-long learning and ongoing transformation through Christ.

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Empowering Parents as Teachers of Faith: A 3-Week Online Course

This course is for parents especially those with children in a Catholic School or parish religious education program. Parents, we want to help you understand your role as […]

Updated Course: Encountering St. Joseph with St. John Paul II and Pope Francis

In this Year of St. Joseph, take the opportunity to learn more about this great saint. This is a self-paced study of two key papal documents: John […]

Start your MA with Prerequisite Course: What is Catholic Theology? (Ecclesial Nature and Mission of Theology)

Who is this class for? For those who want to pursue an online MA in Theology and Christian Ministry at Franciscan University of Steubenville, this is a […]