The annual St John Bosco Conference for Catechists and Religious Educators at Franciscan University is our premier event, bringing catechetical experts from all over to share their expertise through general sessions and specialized tracks. We also host on-campus academic conferences on catechetical topics, and speak all over.

St. John Bosco Conference

July 16-19, 2018
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Founded over 20 years ago, this amazing gathering has evolved to serve all aspects of the evangelizing and catechizing mission of the Church, with an annual array of relevant, inspiring, and practical workshops on parenting and priestly excellence, children, youth, and adult ministry, multicultural, ecumenical, and special needs service, and a host of tracks offering certification for school teachers and parish catechists, campus and youth ministers, catechetical leaders, RCIA teams, and much more. It is a place for people to share their favorite resources, discuss particular challenges facing their ministry, learn from and be mentored by some of the finest professionals in the field, and open themselves to the Holy Spirit through confession, adoration, and Mass. Many participants think of the conference as an annual re-charge of their spiritual batteries, and a true retreat for the soul. Come to the St. John Bosco Conference and be renewed in your hope as you spend four days being blessed by an amazing ministry team, dynamic presenters, and fellowship with those that share your passion for Christ and the Church!

Speaking the Truth in Love Conference

October 13-15, 2017

Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

21 speakers shared the many ways the Catechism is much more than an encyclopedia.

“The 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a time of fresh perspective, of renewal, and new evangelization,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C. “It is a time to do what the Church has been doing for 20 centuries: We simply believe and announce that Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again.”

Cardinal Wuerl’s comments came in a keynote address at the October 13-15 Speaking the Truth in Love Conference, which celebrated the silver jubilee of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Sponsored by the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville, the conference explored how priests, parents, and religious educators can more fully utilize
the Catechism as a powerful tool to transmit the faith and assist in the renewal of Catholic culture.

Cardinal Wuerl, who has served on numerous USCCB boards, said… read more.

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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.