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 17-20, 2017
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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

Join our renowned speakers as we explore the capacity of the Catechism to assist in the renewal of Christian catechesis, education, and culture.

Early Bird Discount

If you register before August 15, 2017, you will get a 17 percent discount on your registration fee!

Featured Conference Speakers:
  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl
  • Archbishop Leonard Blair
  • Dr. Scott Hahn
  • Dr. John Cavadini
  • Dr. Tracey Rowland

This unique conference is a Silver Jubilee celebration of the gift of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to the Church of our day... read more.

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DatePresenterEvent/TitleLocationEvent EmailPresenter EmailLink
June 11-14, 2017Dr. Eric WestbyLife Teen/Catholic Youth Ministry ConventionScottsdale, AZlbergsieker@lifeteen.comewestby@franciscan.eduMore Info
June 11-14, 2017Dr. Bob RiceLife Teen/Catholic Youth Ministry ConventionScottsdale, AZlbergsieker@lifeteen.comrrice@franciscan.eduMore Info
June 21-23, 2017Dr. Petroc WilleyDeveloping an Evangelizing CatechesisCardinal Wuerl North Catholic High Schoolcradcliff@diopitt.orgpwilley@franciscan.eduMore Info
June 23, 2017Dr. Eric WestbyU-Mary Summer Institute on Forming Authentic CommunityTempe, AZarizona@umary.eduewestby@franciscan.eduMore Info
July 14-16, 2017Dr. Bob RiceSteubenville Mid-America Youth ConferenceQueens, NYjpatten@lifeteen.comrrice@franciscan.eduMore Info
July 21-23, 2017Dr. Bob RiceSteubenville New York Youth ConferenceQueens, NYjpatten@lifeteen.comrrice@franciscan.eduMore Info
August 22, 2017Scott SollomSophia Institute Catechetical WorkshopBedford, NHteachers@sophiainstitute.comssollom@franciscan.eduMore Info
August 23, 2017Scott SollomSophia Institute Catechetical WorkshopAlbany, NYteachers@sophiainstitute.comssollom@franciscan.eduMore Info
August 26, 2017Scott SollomCatechetical Congress, Archdiocese of DenverDenver, COmary.mcgeehan@archden.orgssollom@franciscan.eduMore Info
September 22, 2017Scott SollomSophia Institute Catechetical WorkshopRochester, MNteachers@sophiainstitute.comssollom@franciscan.eduMore Info
September 15-16, 2017Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGMSophia Institute Catechetical WorkshopGallup, NMteachers@sophiainstitute.comjparuch@franciscan.eduMore Info
October 19, 2017Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGMSophia Institute Catechetical WorkshopButte, MTteachers@sophiainstitute.comjparuch@franciscan.eduMore Info
November 7, 2017Amy RobertsSophia Institute Catechetical WorkshopAustin, TXteachers@sophiainstitute.comaroberts@franciscan.eduMore Info
September 15-17, 2017Bill KeimigGraduate/Non-Traditional Student RetreatSteubenville, OHhoward.jung@gmail.comwkeimig@fraciscan.eduMore Info
November 11, 2017Bill KeimigCatechist Formation on Baptism and ConfirmationMarietta, OHccrabtree@diosteub.orgwkeimig@franciscan.eduMore Info

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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.