Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute

The Catechetical Institute provides Catholics a renewed confidence, conviction and hope by providing strategies for better understanding, defending, articulating and living the faith today.

Renowned catechist Jeff Cavins founded in the institute in 2008 to provide ongoing faith formation for Catholic adults of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. There are now more than 1,700 graduates who are living out their faith in parishes, families and communities.

The foundational course at the Catechetical Institute is Pillars: A Journey through the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The heart of the curriculum is based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and provides a systematic presentation of the Catholic faith.

The CI: Pillars Program is a two-year course. Students participate in four modules which focus on the Creed, sacraments, moral life and prayer. Each module includes two formative sessions. After completing all four modules, students receive a certificate of completion.

The next step in discipleship

Share your faith with confidence. Discover daily disciplines. Hear the voice of God in prayer. Find out in the 2023 School of Discipleship, starting Feb. 7.

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Saint Paul Seminary’s Catechetical Institute to prep parish-based lay leaders for synod implementation

As part of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis' synodal implementation priorities, The Saint Paul Seminary's Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute will host a "Synod Evangelization Team" of about 12 laypeople from each parish for the 2023 School of Discipleship.
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