Our All-Embracing Vision to Serve the Church

There are many avenues through which catechists can get formal training. Our principal training vehicle, Franciscan at Home, draws together the best of the Franciscan University Catechetics Program, the St. John Bosco Conference, and the latest in online education. There also are opportunities for homeschool families, online graduate studies, and more from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Franciscan at Home

Online Learning at Your Convenience

The Institute’s collection of offerings includes workshops for general catechists, parish catechetical leaders, RCIA directors and teams, Catholic school teachers, youth ministers, and campus ministers. The Institute also offers workshops for priests and deacons, formation for the ministry of parenting, skills development for those in pro-life ministry, and training in first proclamation for anyone engaged in aspects of evangelization and outreach. This makes available a rich and varied corpus of many hundreds of workshops spread across all these ministry areas, which can accessed by individuals, or used in any way a diocese wishes. Come explore!

Ministry Tracks

The Catechetical Institute is developing 14 distinct ministry tracks to meet a variety of catechetical needs. These tracks, however, are merely options. Dioceses are free to select any workshops from any track to add to any aspect of its existing certification programs, continuing education requirements, or adult formation outreach. Dioceses are also free to create their own track from the workshops offered within various pre-designed tracks.

Priestly Renewal (PR) Track

Ministry of Parenting (MP) Track

Catechist (CT) Track

Parish Catechetical Leader (PCL) Track

Catechumenal Ministry (RCIA) Track

Catholic Schools (CS) Track

Culture of Life (CL) Track

Pastoral Accompaniment (PA) Track

Youth Ministry (YM) Track

Campus Ministry (CM) Track

First Proclamation (FP) Track

Music Ministry (MM) Track

Diocesan Officials Track

Hispanic Faith and Family Track

A Complete Catechetical Formation

Catechetics Program

The Catechetics Program at Franciscan University is the largest in the country, and one of the finest in the world. We offer bachelor’s degrees in catechetics, online and on-campus master’s degrees in Catechetics and Evangelization (MACE), specializations in fields such as youth ministry and music ministry, diverse opportunities for field experience, and individual assistance with field placement. Our students graduate with the tools necessary to go forth and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in a way that is faithful to the Church and advances the Kingdom of God.

Franciscan Fast-track

Online Degree Programs

Priestly Vocational Formation


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Steubenville, OH 43952 USA

About the Catechetical Institute

The Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University exists to train and support the key catechists in any situation—priests, deacons, parents, or laity, whether professional or volunteer. Through conferences, online workshops, videos, audio, personal mentorship, and a wealth of resources produced by Franciscan University, all involved in the work of catechesis will find new ideas, new approaches, new techniques, and a new confidence to do the work of catechesis.