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 firstname.lastname@example.org
INSTITUTE FOR CHRISTIAN FORMATION
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 modules 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, 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 frequent participation 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 to afford an integrative experience. A Letter of Completion will be offered to those who complete the full sixteen (16) week sessions over four semesters. The Institute will develop programs to be offered in Spanish in 2021.
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
Year One – 8 Weeks – One night per week – non-credit/non-degree program - $250.00 per semester
Year Two – 8 Weeks – One night per week – non-credit/non-degree program - $250.00 per semester
Classes begin January 2021. Below is a list of class dates for the upcoming academic years:
Spring 2021 dates: January 14, 2021 - March 4, 2021
Fall 2021 dates: September 9, 2021 - October 21, 2021
Spring 2022 dates: January 13, 2022 - March 3, 2022
Don't miss our Information Sessions!
Join us for a social evening around Theology and learn about our Fall 2020 exciting, new offering - The Institute for Christian Formation!
Don't miss your opportunity to be part of this dynamic program!
Get involved! Learn your faith! Be a part of the change that is happening in the Archdiocese!
Informative evenings are sponsored by Suzanne Mulrain, the Department Coordinator.
Summer and Fall Semester:
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: School of Theological Studies Lounge Area/Theology Building
Information Session Dates:
June 18, 2020
July 16, 2020
August 20, 2020
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Course Titles for the Institute for Christian Formation
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First Semester (2021)
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 Persona 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. Jesus Our King and Judge on the Last Day
Fall Semester (Spring 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
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
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 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. Natural Family Planning (continued)
58. Respect for Property of Others
59. Bearing Witness to the Truth
60. May Our Every Thought Belong to Christ
61. The Gift of Prayer
62. The Foudnations of Christian Prayer
63. The Life of Prayer
64. The Lord's Prayer