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 currently CLOSED for April classes.  The next class session will be in July.  Please look for Registration to open June 3rd.  

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

Philosophy and the Catholic Mind will count as a core 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.) Registration will be open in June for July courses.  

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.


Registration for Catechetical Institute

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.