LIFE-LONG LEARNING ONGOING TRANSFORMATION EQUIPPING FOR SERVICE
The institute provides opportunities for
life-long learning in the fullness of Catholic faith,
fostering ongoing transformation in Christ,
and equipping the people of God for service.
The institute provides the faithful of the Diocese of Venice (and wider region) with opportunities for life-long learning in the fullness of Catholic faith fostering ongoing transformation in Christ, that all might be fully equipped to serve. We offer online and onsite courses for spiritual enrichment, for growing in knowledge and practice of the faith and for training in service — from basic certification, to ongoing professional development to advanced theological education.
The Institute was founded in September 1995 by Bishop Emeritus John J. Nevins as the Blessed Edmund Rice school to prepare lay men and women for service in the Church through a program of formal theological education and spiritual enrichment. In 2014, the school was renamed The Institute for Catholic Studies and Formation. At that time, a partnership was formed with Franciscan University of Steubenville to offer Catechetical Certification and Master’s courses. In 2020, Dr. John Gresham assumed leadership of the Institute.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Dr. John Gresham brings over 20 years experience teaching Catholic theology to laity, seminarians, deacons, and others at such places as Franciscan University of Steubenville, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis (where he served as Academic Dean) and Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit (where he served as Director of Online Learning).
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