Catechetical Institute


The Catechetical Institute at STS provides the required courses for the certification program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Catechetical Formation. This program is suited for parish catechists and Catholic elementary school teachers (who are required to seek the certification in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia). It is also provided for those who simply want to grow in their faith. Cost is $60 per course effective January 1, 2019. Courses are offered four times per year online -- in Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.  

PLEASE NOTE:  We accept PayPal, Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Discover, and Visa/Mastercard gift cards for payment.  Checks will no longer be accepted.  Students are responsible for payment in full at the time of registration.  They may then request reimbursement for themselves from their employer or parish if applicable.   Receipts are available through the payment process online after your payment is accepted.  However, if you need to request a separate receipt, kindly CLICK HERE and fill out the Receipt Request Form.  If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Sharon Presta at or 610-785-6287.  

Thank you for your continued support of our programming. 


Exciting News!
We have upgraded our programming and thus, have changed our format for our Catechetical Institute courses.  We will now be using GOOGLE CLASSROOM for our new format starting with the November 2018 courses.  We feel that this upgrade will be a great benefit to you in your online learning experience! 

Get Ready!
In order to access GOOGLE CLASSROOM, you will need to sign up for a Gmail account.  If you already have a Gmail account, you are all set and can feel free to use that account. 

Signing up for Gmail account is free and easy!  It will allow you to use many of the other applications as well as GOOGLE CLASSROOM.  Please watch this video to learn how to sign up for your new account.  Follow these steps and you will be ready with your Google account to start the class!


(Unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in the course without a Gmail account.  Please contact the office at if there is a problem obtaining one.)


REGISTRATION is Open now through 3/25/19 for the Following Courses:

  • The IN-PERSON CLASSROOM course:  Catholic Moral Teachings   CLICK HERE FOR COURSE FLYER

  • Online:  New Testament

  • Online:  Person of Jesus

(see below the Registration icon for details on the courses)

Philosophy and the Catholic Mind will count as a core course as well as the in-person Catholic Moral Teachings course.  Please to be sure to read the description before registering for the Philosophy and the Catholic Mind series as it is a different format.  (For additional information on the Philosophy series, scroll down below the registration pic.)  The registration link is below at the bottom of this page.  Please click on REGISTRATION pic to sign up and make payment.  

The 8 Core Courses online are cycled as follows:


Follow these Registration Steps When Registration is OPEN:


2. Choose your course(s) and "Add" them to your Shopping Bag.

3. Complete Registration Process and agree to the payment terms.

4. Click "Submit Order" to complete your Registration.

If you are registered for one of the courses online, you will receive an email with the class code and other relevant information on the day the course begins.  

Please contact immediately if you do not receive your email about your course.  You may also call 610-785-6287 and speak with Sharon Presta.  


PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION.  We accept PayPal, Visa/Mastercard, and a Visa/Mastercard Gift Cards for payment online.  Please contact our office if you have questions regarding payments.  

Courses are nonrefundable.  


NOTE:  Effective January 1, 2019, the Catechetical Institute course price will change from $50.00 per course to $60.00 per course.  We appreciate your understanding and continued support as we update and add changes to our programs.  


Introducing our new, online, Philosophy Institute 
"Philosophy and the Catholic Mind" -
A Catholic Philosophy Program

Registration is now OPEN through March 13, 2019.   Spread the word and share this good news with a friend!  The first course begins on 2/25/19 and will end on 6/10/19.

The School of Theological Studies (1969) at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (1832) was founded in response to the call of Vatican II to educate Religious Sisters and the Laity to enrich the culture with dedicated Catholic disciples and teachers.  We offer graduate studies in Theology and Philosophy taught by many seminary professors. Seminary Philosophy Professors are developing four, foundational level, online Philosophy classes for the Sisters and Laity who serve in critical roles in society, schools, hospitals, children’s homes, child care centers, communities and universities in the midst of the contemporary culture.  


New! Philosophy and the Catholic Mind Philosophy Modules

Earn a Credential in Catholic Philosophy in 4 Courses (a non-credit/non-degree program)

I. The Search for Wisdom: Basic Concepts in Catholic Philosophy First class late Jan.
Gain a basic set of philosophical and theological tools for informed thinking and sound reasoning

II. The Fullness of the Human Person: Philosophical and Theological Contributions
Learn philosophical anthropology and Church’s contributions to affirm human person flourishing

III. Metaphysics and Creation
Gain an appreciation for the principles of the created order and the human being’s place within it

IV. Human Action and Moral Agency
Gain an appreciation for a life well-lived as beings created in the image and likeness of God

Catholic Moral Teachings



This four-week course presents fundamental moral principles necessary to understand the social teachings of the Church as well as moral issues, with a particular focus on sexual ethics and life issues. Week One examines man as a free, intelligent being designed for eternal happiness. Week Two examines what it means for man to be a social person. Week Three examines man as a sexual being and Week Four looks at man called to respect human life. The presentation of the material related to the above topics is rooted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
For each week it is important to start with the slide presentation, then watch the videos followed by reading the articles. All the information is placed in the topic session of Google classroom which is located on the left panel. The stream is not utilized for the class as these courses are done in an independent manner.

The goal of this course is to introduce students to fundamental moral concepts so that the student is better able to understand and articulate the Church’s teaching on a variety of moral and social issues. By the conclusion of this course, the student ought to:
 Understand elements of the human person that help or hinder the individual’s call to beatitude.
 Comprehend the significance of authentic human freedom in decision making.
 Identify major themes of Catholic social teaching and their impact in practical situations.
 Relate the Christians call to chastity to Church teaching on issues of sex and sexuality.
 Critically engage in contemporary moral and social issues surrounding life and death.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition. Washington D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, Inc. 1997. ISBN1-57455-110-8
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church. USCCB Publishing, Washington, D.C. 2006.

Course Dates:

Wednesdays - April 3, 10, 17, 24

7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.


Mother Boniface Spirituality Center

3501 Solly Ave

Philadelphia, PA  19136

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