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 21, 2021 as we begin dynamic, integrated faith formation.  Questions? Call the School of Theological Studies at 610-785-6287 or email
The Executive Committee for the Institute for Christian Formation, pictured below from left to right:

Suzanne Mulrain, Coordinator, School of Theological Studies, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
Reverend Dennis Gill, Director, Office for Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Meghan Cokeley, Director, Office for the New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Reverend Monsignor Michael Magee, Dean, School of Theological Studies, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
Not pictured: Ann Menna, Deputy Secretary of Catechetical Formation, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Important Information for the Institute for Christian Formation:
  • Sessions are held Thursday evenings from 6:45 PM to 9:30 PM at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (Room 1022 in the College Building)
  • Four (4) seasons / Eight (8) weeks per season:  Spring 2021; Fall 2021; Spring 2022; and Fall 2022
  • Cost: $250.00 per season (8 weeks)
  • Non-college credit/non-college degree program.  A certificate of completion will be awarded by the School of Theological Studies of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to participants who complete all sessions.

Session Titles for the Institute for Christian Formation

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

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

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

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