Learning from within the heart of the church


The Theological Institute is offering a Catechetical Certificate Program – based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) – that presents the living breadth of Christian wisdom, teaches practical skills, and offers a path to deeper spirituality to make students more effective agents of the Holy Spirit in advancing the Kingdom of God’s love.

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The program has a new faculty who are specialists in their fields of study. Each week they will lead you through one or more of the following topics:

Evangelization                          Catechesis

Scripture                                  Trinity

Jesus Christ                              Virgin Mary

Liturgy                                     Sacraments

Morality                                   Prayer


The certificate program has the following objectives:

  • To appropriate more deeply the riches of the Catholic faith.
  • To improve facility in presenting the truths of the Church.
  • To learn more about how different age groups learn.
  • To explore the importance of the Church’s evangelical mission.
  • To further develop skills of catechesis to evangelize in a parish, at home, and in the world.


In addition to the Saturday sessions, the program requires student participation in three skills workshops. One of these skills workshops (Psychology of Learning and Emotional Development) is mandatory. Students can choose the other two workshops from a workshop schedule which the certificate program coordinates and creates. Students will receive the skills workshop schedule on or before the first certificate program session.


When and where:

Classes meet one Saturday a month from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the academic year at:

Theological Institute at Saint John’s Seminary

149 Washington Street, Brighton, MA  02135


The MBTA Green Line (B Line) and buses provide easy access to the Theological Institute.  Students can also take advantage of free parking.


Dates for 2016-2017:

9/24/16             10/22/16

11/19/16           12/10/16

1/28/17             2/11/17

3/25/17             4/29/17

Who Should Pursue a Foundational Certificate?


  • Parents
  • Parish catechists
  • Home Educators
  • Parish council members
  • Teachers
  • Parish volunteers and employees

Anyone who wants to learn more about the Catholic faith should pursue a certificate!

Typical Schedule:

9:00-9:30  Welcome, Opening Prayer, Overview and Introductions of Daily Speakers

Review Last Month’s Test

9:30-10:15 First Lecture

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Lecture Continues

11:30-12:15 Spirituality

  1. Lectio Divina
  2. Liturgy of the Hours
  3. Stations of the Cross
  4. Prayer, Fasting & Alms Giving
  5. Ignatian Principles
  6. Rosary

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Small Groups with Mentors

2:00-3:30 Second Lecture

3:30-4:00 Wrap-up and Questions.



$350-This is the total cost for all eight sessions. Note: Tuition does not include the cost of any books students may wish to purchase.


Please contact Anne Rennie at or (617) 779-4104, ext 5 for more details.