St. Cyril of Jerusalem Catechetical Institute

You are invited into deeper catechesis and formation in our Catholic faith through the St. Cyril of Jerusalem Catechetical Institute. This new diocesan initiative will begin with a Fall 2024 course in the Fort Wayne area hosted at the University of St. Francis. South Bend area courses will launch in Winter/Spring 2025. This page will be updated with future offerings.

Fall 2024: Faith and Reason

Tuesdays, September 24 – November 26, 2024
6 – 8 p.m.
University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne (campus location TBA)

What does it mean to develop a Catholic imagination? How do faith and reason support each other? How do we understand our freedom to choose what is true, good, and beautiful? Join Dr. Alexander Giltner, Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of the Assisi Program for Discipleship and Leadership at the University of St. Francis, as he unpacks these questions and more in “Faith and Reason,” one of the foundational courses of the institute.
Cost: $75.

Our Vision

Prompted by the Holy Spirit, lay Catholics in our diocese are desiring deeper catechesis and formation in our Catholic faith. This desire comes from the seed of faith that is planted in baptism: “Adults in the Church, that is, all Christians, men and women, lay people, priests and religious are people who have a right and an obligation to be catechized…It springs…directly from the ‘seed’ of faith planted within and which hopes to mature as the adult grows in age and responsibility.”1 As lay adult faithful grow into their baptismal calling to be priests, prophets, and kings, they have a greater desire to “bear Christ to others” by handing on the faith within their families, parishes, and communities.   
The St. Cyril Catechetical Institute is being formed as a response to this need and desire to advance in catechesis as adults.  The over-arching goal of the Institute is not just to help adult Catholics explore answers to theological questions but to inspire them to integrate their lived experience of faith into the story of salvation and the Good News of Jesus Christ. The St. Cyril Institute seeks to include those who simply desire enrichment in this understanding of Catholic faith as well as those who want to pursue a certificate of adult catechesis and develop the catechetical foundations and tools for various teaching ministries within the Church. This flexibility will allow lay adult faithful to grow into their formation and contribute to the work of evangelization throughout the diocese and the world.

Our History

The St. Cyril of Jerusalem Catechetical Institute was piloted in 2023-24 as the St. Paul School of Leaders at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Fort Wayne. In Fall 2024, this diocesan initiative is launching with a course in Fort Wayne. South Bend area courses will be added in Winter/Spring 2025 as the St. Cyril Institute continues to grow and expand.

If you long for deeper catechesis and formation in our Catholic faith, we hope you will join the Institute. This page will be updated with future course offerings and registration.

Contact Us

For all registration questions, please contact:
Janice Martin WP
Administrative Assistant