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School of Discipleship

Taught by renowned catechist Jeff Cavins, the Catechetical Institute's School of Discipleship is open to all adults and teaches the basics of discipleship, how to share your faith with confidence, and how to cultivate a deeper life of prayer.

A 12-member "Synod Evangelization Team" from each Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis parish will participate in the 2023 School of Discipleship as part of the archdiocese's synodal implementation. (Synod Evangelization Teams will receive an email with instructions on how and where to register.)

In this seven-week course, students become “activated disciples” and embark on a guided 40-day discipleship challenge to help put what they learn into practice. The course culminates in an inspirational and interactive Activated Disciple Seminar.

Course info

Location: Our Lady of Grace, Edina, Minnesota (satellite locations to be announced soon)

Dates: Seven Tuesday evenings, Feb. 7-March 23, 2023

Time: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

This session's Activated Disciple Seminar featuring Dr. Mary Healy, Jeff Cavins, Bishop Williams, and more is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 20, 2023


Registration and cost

Price: $125 per person

Cost covers: Seven lessons taught by Jeff Cavins, materials* (book, journal, chart, commitment card, kerygma card), weekly inspirational videos, Activated Disciple Seminar registration

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023

Registration: Register online

Synod Evangelization Teams will receive an email with instructions on how and where to register.


You will learn important keys to live your life as a modern disciple:

  • What does it mean to be a modern-day disciple?
  • What are the daily disciplines of a disciple?
  • How do you share your faith with confidence?
  • How do you bring your prayer life to a new level?
  • How do you hear the voice of God in daily prayer?

Frequently Asked Questions

The quick answer is "no" and the more detailed answer is: If you have gone through the Catechetical Institute's Pillars Program and ever asked, "What's next?"— this experience is for you. If you have not gone through the Pillars Program but are interested in taking your faith to the next level, this experience is for you.

The quick answer is "no" and the more detailed answer is: It is so much more! It is a life-changing experience that begins with seven weekly one-hour teachings by renowned catechist and Saint Paul Seminary instructor Jeff Cavins, followed by time with Jesus in adoration. After the seven lessons, we begin a 40-Day Discipleship Challenge where we put into practice the disciplines of a disciple. Students receive a 40-Day Discipleship Challenge journal that guides them through each day, along with encouraging videos from Jeff every other day. After the 40-Day Discipleship Challenge, we gather together for an interactive Activated Discipleship Seminar.

The quick answer is "kind of." Throughout the seven-week course, we will strive each day to be disciples of Jesus. So, while this may take some work, it is our hope that we don't just confine it to our homes, but share Jesus everywhere we go.

The quick answer is "no" and the more detailed answer is: The material in the Catechetical Institute School of Discipleship is the result of Jeff's realization that we need to go beyond learning and to put what we have learned into practice. This will be a journey with a special emphasis on creating the life of a disciple.  

The quick answer is seven Tuesday evenings from Feb. 7-March 23 (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.) at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina, Minnesota.

Following the Tuesday lessons, students will embark on a 40-Day Discipleship Challenge during which they will receive a 40-Day Challenge journal and receive inspirational videos from Jeff throughout the week. On May 20, 2023, we will come together for a follow-up seminar to be inspired and to share our experience.


For more information, visit The Experience.

All registration is online.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023

Cost: $125 per person

Synod Evangelization Teams will receive an email with instructions on how and where to register.

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