Catechetical Institute

Registration is now OPEN for November classes

Old Testament and Christian Anthropology

Classes will run from November 4, 2019 - December 2, 2019

(see the Registration icon below to sign up today!)



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. 


We have upgraded our programming and thus, have changed our format for our Catechetical Institute courses.  We will now be using GOOGLE CLASSROOM .  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.)


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.

For additional information scroll down and click on the registration picture.

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.) 

The 8 Core Courses online are cycled as follows:


Registration is OPEN.  Follow these Registration Steps:


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


PHILOSOPHY AND THE CATHOLIC MIND (core course *please note it is delivered in a different format and for a longer period*)

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 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


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.


A Study Bible

Catechism of the Catholic Church


*Upon 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.

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.