What is the Diocesan Theological Institute?
Since September 2008, courses have been offered through the Adult Faith 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 courses may have as a prerequisite completion of 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. Checks are to be made out to the Adult Faith 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. Courses are typically offered in the spring and fall on Saturdays and meet 2 to 4 times for a total of 12 hours (refer to course schedule for information on dates and times). A participant should plan to be in attendance for the entirety of every session of a course. If circumstances prohibit one’s attendance for a session, please notify the office and if possible the participant will be given a make-up assignment by the instructor. Missing half or more of the sessions would nullify receiving credit for the course.
Current Course Locations:
Courses are offered throughout the Diocese at parishes and other Diocesan facilities. Site location will be included with course information.
Contact the Adult Faith Formation Office today: 815-399-4300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information