Institute for Christian Formation

Institute for Christian Formation


Are you searching for a deeper union with Jesus Christ? He is the answer to the questions in your heart.  Move toward encountering the living Christ and your life will never be the same.

Join us January 2021 as we begin dynamic, integrated faith formation.

Questions? call 610-785-6287 or email


Mission Statement:

The Institute for Christian Formation in the School of Theological Studies of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is a non-credit, non-degree program for the continuous development of men and women in the life of faith.  Catholic candidates for the Institute for Christian Formation, over the course of two years, are mentored to deepen an understanding of the gifts of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.  In this way they come to know more fully their dignity as Christians, the broad dimensions of the Catholic Faith, the conscious participation in the Sacred Liturgy, the call to live and witness to a moral life and an interior communion with Christ.  The academic sessions of the program focus on each of these essential areas of Christian formation: intellectual, pastoral, human and spiritual. The Institute for Christian Formation moves beyond an understanding of the faith to include a firm grasp of the faith and the orientation of all knowledge to an encounter with the living Christ.  This encounter prospers the Christian life in the love and service of God and of neighbor.

The Institute for Christian Formation program will act as a consistent, primary faith formation program to provide competent, formed in faith volunteers for parishes in the Archdiocese.  This program aims to form Catholic Christians into individuals who enthusiastically seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, develop a life of prayer and holiness, and frequently participate in the sacraments.  Participants who successfully complete the formation can be well prepared as candidates who assist in parishes.  The spiritual and educational components learned and a spiritual reflection retreat afford an integrative experience.  A Letter of Completion will be offered to those who complete all the sessions over four semesters.  The Institute will develop programs to be offered in Spanish in the future.

Important Information for the Institute for Christian Formation:

Classes are held Thursday evenings from 6:45 PM to 9:30 PM in Room 1022 in the College Building

Four (4) semesters / Eight (8) weeks per semester:

  • Spring 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Fall 2022

Cost: $250.00 per semester

Non-credit/non-degree program

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Session Titles for the Institute for Christian Formation

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First Year

First Semester (Spring 2021)

1.   Introduction

2.  The Human Person's Capacity for God (Natural Theology)

3.  Divine Revelation and its Transmission

4.  Sacred Scripture:  Two Testaments, One Book

5.  What is Faith?

6.  "I Believe in God":  God's Personal Reality

7.  Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Almighty

8.  Creator of Things Visible and Invisible

9.  The Human Person Created by God

10. The Fall of Angels and Humans

11. Who is Jesus of Nazareth?  (Part One)

12.  Who is Jesus of Nazareth? (Part Two)

13. Jesus the Messiah of Israel

14. Jesus the Lamb of Sacrifice

15. Descended Into Hell, Risen from the Dead

16. The Ascended Christ

First Year

Second Semester (Fall 2021) 

17. I Believe in the Holy Spirit

18. The Mystery of the Church

19. People of God, Body of Christ

20. One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

21. A Day with the Holy Spirit:  Practical Advice

22. Listening to the Holy Spirit:  Lectio Divina

23. Roles and Ministries in the Church

24. Mary and the Communion of Saints

25. The Church and the Forgiveness of Sins

26. I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body

27. The Four Last Things

28. The Sacraments:  Foretaste of Heaven

29. Meeting Christ in the Sacraments

30. Baptism:  The Gateway of Heavenly Life

31. The Sacrament of Confirmation

32. Volunteer Opportunities for Christian Service

Second Year

First Semester (Spring 2022)

33. In-Class Assessment and Feedback 

34.  How to Participate in Holy Mass (Chapel)

35. The Holy Eucharist:  Source and Summit (Part I)

36.  The Holy Eucharist (Part II)

37.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation

38. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

39. The Gift of Holy Orders

40. Matrimony and the Domestic Church

41. Sacramentals and Popular Devotions

42. Celebration of Marian Devotion and Praying the Rosary

43. Introduction to Life in Christ

44. Moral Decisions, Feelings and Conscience

45. Virtues and the Christian Life

46. Sin and Preparation for Confession

47. The Person in Community

48. The Laws Written in Scripture and in Creation

Second Year

Second Semester (Fall 2022)

49. Grace, Justification, and Merit

50. The Church as Moral Teacher and Guide

51. The Ten Commandments/No Other Gods

52. God's Holy Name/Sanctification of Time

53. Our Duty to Family and to Lawful Authority

54. The Catholic in Public Life

55. Respect for Life

56. Natural Family Planning

57. The Vocation to Chastity

58. Respect for the Property of Others

59. Bearing Witness to the Truth

60. May Our Every Thought Belong to Christ

61. The Gift of Prayer

62. The Foundations of Christian Prayer

63. The Life of Prayer

64. The Lord's Prayer

To read additional information for each session, please CLICK HERE.