We welcome all those eager for a closer walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and enrichment of their lives as baptized believers to join with others on a journey of discovery and exploration of the riches of the Catholic Faith.
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Four seasons over two years
Spring season: January-April
Fall season: September-December
Offered on eight Thursday evenings per season
6:30 P.M. – 9:15 P.M.
Cost: $260 per season
Location: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood
For adults 18 years+ with high school diploma or equivalent
Certificate obtained for full completion of four seasons
Experiential, adult faith formation
Deepening of relationship with Jesus Christ
Equipping for vibrant discipleship
Enrichment of participation in the Holy Mass and the other Sacraments
Renewal in faith, hope, and love
Mutual support in living the Faith
Seeking holiness of heart, mind, and soul
“Were not our hearts burning while
He spoke to us…?” (Luke 24:32)
- Session 1. Introduction:
Faith formation is life-long. The Institute for Christian Formation program is intended to assist each person on his or her spiritual journey of faith with ongoing faith formation.
Regardless of the amount of formation one has received in life, our faith formation remains a vital concern, and we can grow closer to Jesus and deepen our relationship with Him each day if we seek to do so. We welcome laity, religious sisters and brothers and priests as students to join our sessions and participate in the formation opportunities provided by the weekly classes focusing on the truths of the Catholic faith. Each session or class will be referred to as an educational “session.” There will be two sessions presented on the various Thursdays by an assortment of excellent professors. A schedule of dates is included. In your first session you will learn about the entire two-year program. The professor will walk with the students through the overview of the program. CCC where noted below, refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The first session will cover the material in the Prologue of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and will introduce students to the Catechism itself and to other basic sources for learning about the Catholic Faith.
- Session 2. The Human Person’s Capacity for God (Natural Theology) CCC 1-49
This session will consider how God has already placed within nature itself certain ways that we can come to know His existence and His concern for us.
Learn more Even so, our fallen condition leaves us in need of His assistance both in order to know Him and His will expressed in nature without error or obscurity. This session will consider the capacity and also the limitations of human language and concepts for coming to know God as he really is. This session will advance through the beginning articles of the CCC to 49.
Even so, our fallen condition leaves us in need of His assistance both in order to know Him and His will expressed in nature without error or obscurity. This session will consider the capacity and also the limitations of human language and concepts for coming to know God as he really is. This session will advance through the beginning articles of the CCC to 49.
- Session 3. Divine Revelation and its Transmission CCC 50-100
This session teaches that God has revealed Himself in a supernatural way and provided the gift of faith so that we might know Him personally and enter into a true relationship with Him.
- Session 4. Sacred Scripture: Two Testaments, One Book CCC 101-141
This session presents the Bible as divine inspiration and inerrancy. It is different from any other text in human history by virtue of its divine inspiration and inerrancy.
Learn more The Word becomes flesh in the fullest sense in the Incarnation, this casting of the Eternal expression has already begun in the Sacred Scriptures. The different “senses” (literal, allegorical, moral and anagogical) will be introduced, as well as the responsibility of the Church for ascertaining and defining the canon (which needs to be defined in this context). It examines the relationship between the Old and New Testaments and the normativity of both for Christian Faith, together with the role of Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church and of Christians.
The Word becomes flesh in the fullest sense in the Incarnation, this casting of the Eternal expression has already begun in the Sacred Scriptures. The different “senses” (literal, allegorical, moral and anagogical) will be introduced, as well as the responsibility of the Church for ascertaining and defining the canon (which needs to be defined in this context). It examines the relationship between the Old and New Testaments and the normativity of both for Christian Faith, together with the role of Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church and of Christians.
- Session 5. What is Faith? CCC. 142-184
This session explores the notion of faith both as a free human act and as a divine gift: the human response to God’s self-revelation in history, culminating in Christ and His Paschal Mystery, a kind of supernatural vision rendered possible only by God’s gift. The ecclesial nature of the act of faith, manifest in the liturgical Credo, will be pondered.
- Session 6. “I Believe in God”: God’s Personal Reality CCC 185-231
This session considers the specific credal statements such as those in the Scriptures, at Nicea and Constantinople that have formed the faith of believers over centuries. Then the unity of God, truth and love as attributes identified with his very being, and the revelation of His Fatherhood will be considered.
- Session 7. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Almighty CCC 232-278
This session will trace the hidden riches of the words we say in prayer so often: “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
It will trace the historical revelation of the mystery of the Holy Trinity and its dogmatic unfolding in the Church’s history through the early Councils and see how all three Persons of the Trinity are involved in every work of God in Creation. This session will close by highlighting God’s absolute omnipotence — which no evil power can ever rival (vs. dualism) — as the ground of our invincible hope.
- Session 8. Creator of Things Visible and Invisible CCC 279-354
This session will explore God’s creation of the universe out of nothing and His continual providence, guiding the universe to a destiny decreed in advance by Him, leading no doubt concerning His final victory over evil. It will consider the material and spiritual dimensions of His creation.
- Session 9. The Human Person Created by God CCC 355-384
This session will consider the dignity of the human person in the image of God, and the unity of the human race as well as the duality of male and female in God’s plan. It will consider the two-fold nature of “paradise,” as both the beginning and the restored destiny of the human race.
- Session 10. The Fall of Angels and Humans 385-421
This session examines the reality of sin, and the misuse of created freedom as the source of all evil in the universe, the primary focus of this lesson. The effect of sin on the whole of human nature is a consequence of the fact that we were not created as isolated individuals but as one human race, within which the actions of each have repercussions for all.
- Session 11. Who is Jesus of Nazareth? (Part One) CCC 422-483
This session focuses on the Incarnation of the Son of God as the central event of human history, prepared for and foretold by the events and Prophets of the Old Testament. The meaning of the Holy Name of Jesus and his identity as the “Christ”, his Divine Sonship and our confession of Him as “Lord” will be studied. The key Christological teachings from the First Council of Nicea to the Third Council of Constantinople will be summarized.
- Session 12. Who is Jesus of Nazareth? (Part Two) CCC 484-570
This session considers the important role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of the Incarnation. Her Divine Motherhood and Perpetual Virginity will be highlighted, as well as the mysteries of our Lord’s life leading up to his Public Ministry. His Baptism and temptation in the desert will be reflected upon. Finally, his public life as recorded in the Gospels, up to his messianic entrance into Jerusalem will be studied.
- Session 13. Jesus the Messiah of Israel CCC 571-594
The past modules have unfolded the history leading up to the Incarnation and have culminated in the history of Jesus’ life on earth. With the benefit of this global perspective, in this present session we will focus on the continuity and discontinuity between Jesus’ identity and mission and those of Israel with its institutions. Specifically, the relationship of Jesus to the Law of Moses and the Temple will be considered. Finally, against the backdrop of Israel’s monotheistic faith, Jesus’ revelation of the Holy Trinity will be expounded.
- Session 14. Jesus the Lamb of Sacrifice CCC 595-630
This session invites us to come to understand how the Incarnation was seen as the focal point of all human history and the fullness of God’s revelation to the human race, the highest point of this revelation is reached in His Paschal Mystery. The meaning of the Cross as the outpouring of God’s love for the world and its redemptive power will be expounded. Today’s session closes with the mysteries of Good Friday and Holy Saturday with Jesus in the tomb while the world waits in silence and in hope.
- Session 15. Descended into Hell, Risen from the Dead CCC 631-658
This session examines Christ’s “descent into hell” which will be considered as God’s eloquent expression of the extent to which He is willing to go to save sinners. In the Person of His Son He has bridged the chasm between Heaven and Hell, annulling the distance between God and sinners. His victory over sin and death will be palpable as we experience the empty tomb with the disciples and see through their eyes the Savior risen from the dead.
- Session 16. The Ascended Christ CCC 659-682
This session will present the Ascended Christ as our Judge on the last day, a Judge who has also made Himself our partner and friend along life’s journey. As our Redeemer and Savior, He beckons us to a life of holiness in the certain hope of His gracious assistance and limitless mercy.