Learning from within the heart of the church

Catechetical Certificate Program


Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree MA 02184

The Theological Institute of Saint John’s Seminary is offering a Catechetical Certificate Program to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. It is an excellent foundation for further studies at the Theological Institute and is a pre-requisite for both the Master of Theological Studies and the Master of Arts in Ministry programs at the Institute.


The certificate program has the following objectives:
● To study 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.

The program has a faculty who are well-versed in their fields of study. Each month they will lead you through one or more of the following topics:


Evangelization Catechesis
Scripture and Tradition Trinity
Christology The Church
Liturgy Sacraments
Morality Prayer
Creation/Fall/Redemption Eschatology
The Human Person Catholic Social Doctrine

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 offers.

Classes meet one Saturday a month from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. September-April at the Theological Institute, located at the Pastoral Center- 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree MA

Dates for 2018-2019:

9/22/18 1/12/19
10/13/18 2/23/19
11/17/18 3/23/19
12/15/18 4/27/19

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:
9:00-9:15 Welcome, Socializing, Q&A
9:15-11:15 First Lecture,      11:15-12:00 Lunch
12:00-2:00 Second Lecture,  2:15-3:00 Spirituality Talk
Certificate Students: $450-This is the total cost for all eight sessions and workshops.
Auditors- $350 (The auditing option is for those who do not wish to pursue a certificate but would like to learn more about their faith. They will not be given the monthly quizzes or be required to complete the final paper.)

For more information please contact Denise Daley at  or  617 779-3623