Diocesan Theological Institute

What is the Diocesan Theological Institute?

Since September 2008, courses have been offered through the Ministry Formation Office for ongoing education in Theological Studies. These courses are for any adult seeking in-depth study of topics from the Core Theological Areas (see below).  Some classes and credit towards certification will be exclusive to Permanent Deacons and their wives and anyone who has completed the Ministry Formation Program or its equivalent. The topics for courses are selected to further strengthen and enhance the ministerial skills and theological knowledge of participants beyond initial lay ministry training. Any participant who completes 12 courses, one from each core area and six electives, will earn certification from the Diocesan Theological Institute. Participants can also register to audit a class for no credit towards certification in the Institute. Courses will satisfy ongoing formation requirements for Permanent Deacons and catechists.

Information for Courses:
Each course will cost $100.00 or 2 courses for $150. All virtual classes will be $75.00. Checks are to be made out to the Ministry Formation Office and submitted with the registration form. Some courses will require a modest amount of reading. Prior to the start of the course participants will be notified of any required books to be purchased. A person interested in certification may take one course a year or as many as one’s schedule allows. Classes are typically offered in the spring and fall on Saturdays. Some courses meet four times for 3 hours (9am-noon or 1pm-4pm), and some will meet twice from 9am-4pm (refer to course schedule for information on dates and times). A brief evaluation or reflection paper will be required at the conclusion of each course to determine a Pass/Fail status towards certification for Ministry Formation graduates. A participant should plan to be in attendance for the entirety of every session of a course. If circumstances suddenly arise that prohibit one’s attendance for a session, the participant will be given a make-up assignment by the instructor. Missing two of the four sessions would nullify receiving credit for the course.

Current Course Locations:
Most classes will meet at the Diocesan Administration Building in Rockford. At times a course may be held at an alternative site such as Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, the Newman Center in DeKalb, or St. Catherine of Siena in Dundee to accommodate an instructor or a large group. Site location will be included with course information.

Contact the Ministry Formation Office today at 815-399-4300 Ext. 389 or email rvillafuerte@rockforddiocese.org for more information

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