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!

Open House: Sunday, June 27, 2021 – 10am

Join us after the 9am Mass on June 27th with special guest Kelly Wahlquist; Director of the Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute, author and founder of W.I.N.E!   Get your questions answered and be inspired to start the Journey!  

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

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 (Location To Be Determined)

Mondays, Sept. 21 – Dec. 13 ;  7 PM – 9 PM

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

Applications are now being accepted through August 1, 2021.

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
  • A Letter of Recommendation 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

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