Catechetical Institute

We are excited to announce that the 2021-2023 class at the Catechetical Institute named the Class of St. Joseph will be held here at St. Patrick!

The live speaker will be at Transfiguration Catholic Church and live-streamed to several CI Satellite Sites, including  St. Patrick.   Students will gather at the parish for in-person small groups and watch the lectures together via live stream.

A Journey of Blessing to Blessing

A faith-formation resource for Catholic adults  

The Catechetical Institute is an ongoing formation resource from The Seminaries of Saint Paul for Catholic adults who wish to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith and further their spiritual formation.

The foundational course at the Catechetical Institute is Pillars: A Journey through the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In essence, the Catechism is seen as the road map for the journey in faith, with each module of the four-module program focusing on one of the four pillars of the Catechism:

Creed:  The Story in Miniature
Sacraments:  The Blessing Revealed and Communicated
The Moral Life:  Fulfillment in Beatitude
Prayer:  The Blessing Given and Received

STILL NOT SURE?  Check out this timely 2-minute video from Jeff Cavins speaking about what to do when the foundations crumble around you – something we have all felt these last 16 months.



Class of St. Joseph

Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 7 PM – 9 PM.  

The classes are divided into four eleven-week modules with two Saturday morning formative sessions per module.

2021 Fall Schedule

Opening Mass: Monday, Sept. 13 @ 6:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Paul.  

Pillar 1 @ St. Patrick:  Mondays, Sept. 20 – Dec. 13 ;  7 – 9 PM

Formative Sessions, Saturdays, Oct. 16 & Nov. 13 (8 AM – 11 AM)

Applications are now being accepted through August 20, 2021.

To request a reference from Fr. Eilen, please email him at

The cost is $200 per module at St. Patrick. There are four modules over the two-year period. The $200 tuition is paid prior to the beginning of each module. (Tuition adjusted for satellite sites and young adults group noted on application.)

Questions about the application process or scholarships can be directed to Teresa Gockowski at

Space is limited and classes fill quickly. All components of the application are due at this time and MUST be mailed in together.

  • Completed and Signed Application (for appropriate location)
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 letters of Recommendation – one from your pastor
  • $20 Non-refundable application fee

Completed Registration packets must be sent to:

Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute

Registration Department

The Saint Paul Seminary

2260 Summit Avenue

St. Paul, MN  55105

Click here for more general information about curriculum, homework, etc.