November courses have been completed. A report has been filed with the Office of Catechetical Formation. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing of your completion for your catechetical certificate. If you should have any questions, kindly contact Sharon Presta at 610-785-6287 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Registration for February courses coming soon*:
December 9, 2019 - January 27, 2020
New Testament and the Person of Jesus
February 3, 2020 - March 2, 2020
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. Courses are offered four times per year online -- in Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
What we offer . . .
The 8 Core Courses online are cycled as follows:
More Exciting News!
NEW PHILOSOPHY course available!
The School of Theological Studies and Catechetical Institute are offering a new resource for teachers, catechists, religious sisters and the faithful laity: Philosophy and The Catholic Mind. Seminary Philosophy Professors are developing four, foundational level, online Philosophy courses. The four courses build upon each other and must be taken in sequential order. Upon completion of each course, the student earns one core credit toward catechetical certification from the Office for Catechetical Formation.
Tests and quizzes are required for completion.
*Please scroll down below for the description of the Philosophy program. Be sure to read the description before registering for the Philosophy and the Catholic Mind series as it is a different format.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS:
We have upgraded our programming and thus, have changed our format for our Catechetical Institute courses. Our online learning platform is Google Classroom.
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!
WATCH Video: HOW TO SET UP A GMAIL ACCOUNT
(Unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in the course without a Gmail account. Please contact the office at email@example.com/610-785-6287 if there is a problem obtaining one.)
Additional Information about the Catechetical Institute:
How do I know how to start the course?
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. This email will contain all of the directions that you will need to begin on the first day. Please retain it for your reference and your records.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately if you do not receive your email about your course after the first day. 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/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.
Courses are non-refundable.
Receipts: Receipts are available through the payment process online after your payment is accepted. However, if you need to request a separate receipt, please call 610-785-6287.
Change in pricing: 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.
If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Sharon Presta at email@example.com or 610-785-6287.
Thank you for your continued support of our programming.
What you need to know about . . .
PHILOSOPHY AND THE CATHOLIC MIND - Description
Earn a catechetical credit toward certification for each of the 4 Courses (a non-credit/non-degree program)
I. The Search for Wisdom: Basic Concepts in Catholic Philosophy (First class offered in Feb.) 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, anthropological, 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
Courses must be taken in sequential order. i.e. Course #1- The Search for Wisdom, Course #2- The Fullness of the Human Person, etc…
Quizzes and tests will be administered.
TEXTS AND MATERIALS
A Study Bible
Catechism of the Catholic Church
*Upon the Philosophy course completion students will be sent a Letter of Completion, which the student will then forward to the Office for Catechetics to receive their credit. Please allow 8-10 weeks processing time. We thank you for your patience.