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 Fall 2020 as we begin dynamic, integrated faith formation.

Questions? call 610-785-6595 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 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, better trained volunteers for parishes and the Archdiocese.  Catholic grade school teachers are required to take the School of Theological Studies Catechetical Institute program.  We appeal to all Catholic grade, high, and private school teachers to enroll in the program.  This program aims to form Catholic Christians into individuals who enthusiastically seek a personal relationship with Jesus Chris, 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:

Fall of 2020 and Spring 2021 Class Schedule

Classes are held Thursday evenings from 6:30 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