Adult Faith Formation

Advent 2015 — Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia


During this Advent season, we will be taking a closer look at the Catholic heritage of our city.  One three separate evenings, we will watch and discuss the three-part documentary, Urban Trinity, which first aired on Channel 6 leading up to the World Meeting of Families held here in September.  We will meet on three Tuesdays (December 1, 8, & 22) at 7 PM in the Spirituality Center.  Click here to see the Facebook event page.

 Adult Faith Formation Seminars, Retreats & Reflections

Periodically throughout the course of the year, various seminars, retreats, and days of recollection are offered to parishioners that address varied themes and issues of importance to our Catholic faith. Please check our Current News page for information about current program offerings.

For more information, contact Fr. Friel @ 215-637-3525

Catechetical Institute (CI)

The Catechetical Institute is a non-credit adult religious education program offering adult Catholic catechesis for those interested in growing in knowledge of their faith. It is also the program that provides catechist training for those who teach the faith.

Courses are non-credit for those taking the courses for their own personal enrichment. As such, they are open to all parishioners. This program is coordinated by the Religious Studies Division of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Registrations are accepted online through the Seminary website. You may register for courses through the first night of class. The cost is $50.00 per course. Each course consists of four 2 ½ hour sessions for a total of 10 hours. All courses are currently held on Wednesday Evenings at St. charles Seminary and local diocesan high schools.

The current course schedule may be found here. Summer courses are only offered at the seminary due to the accomodations of an air conditioned environment. Each summer session runs for one week – Monday to Thursday from 7:00 to 9:30 PM.

This is a great and affordable opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the Faith. Register online at St. Charles Seminary, download a registration form, or call 610-785-6287 for more information. Email inquiries to

Church Ministry Institute

The Church Ministry Institute is for those seeking a certificate in Church Ministry. The difference between the CMI and the CI is that the CMI is for those seeking certification to work as a volunteer or employee in parish ministry (e.g., as a youth minister or administrator of religious education). Whereas, the CI is for those seeking personal enrichment or to obtain certification to teach in a religious education program or catholic school.

Detailed information about the CMI and its program offerings can be obtained from the Archdiocesan Secretary for Evangelization’s Office for the Formation of Laity. There are tuition cost associated with the program, but the Archdiocesan website states, “Do not let finances keep you away. Arrangements can be discussed.” More information as well as contact info can be found on the Office for Formation of the Laity’s website.