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 HomeOnline 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!
The Catechetical Institute has developed 12 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
A Complete Catechetical Formation
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.