• Catechetics



  • Live out the Great Commission

    Hand on the knowledge of Christ, so others may love Christ

    The world needs Christ. We need Christ’s mercy, His grace, and, most of all, His love. But in order to receive Him, we first must know Him. We must know who He is and why He came. We must learn what He requires of us and what He offers. We must know Truth.

    The job of the catechist is to share the knowledge of Christ—the truth of Christ—so that people can fall in love with Him and be transformed by Him. In this day and age when even the existence of absolute truth is routinely denied, the need for strong, compassionate, and well-trained teachers of the truth is greater than ever before.

    The Catechetics Program at Franciscan University is the largest in the country, and one of the finest in the world. Our graduates are prepared to “cast out into the deep” and bring the light of Christ to a darkening world.

    Our excellent faculty is guided by a spirit of “dynamic orthodoxy.” We teach the unchanging truths of the faith in all their eternal glory, with a constant openness to the Spirit in how we do so. You will learn the most effective teachings methods and have ample opportunity to make them your own through field experience and seminars.

    But perhaps the most important tool for a catechist is the witness of his or her own life. Saint Francis said, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” With multiple daily Mass times, perpetual eucharistic adoration, a strong Catholic culture on campus, and professors who themselves live the Catholic life, our students have ample opportunity to deepen their relationship with the Lord so they might teach what they love and love what they teach.


    "Those who wish to effectively serve the Church as catechetical ministers in a pluralistic and increasingly secularized culture must be prepared through an education that stresses the fundamental unity of catechesis, apologetics, and evangelization. The Franciscan University of Steubenville has excelled in enabling its graduates to recognize and implement the connection between these dimensions of handing on the Catholic faith."

    -Francis Cardinal George, OMI,
    Archbishop of Chicago

    Sample Program | Course Descriptions

    FIRST YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Foundations of Catholicism Introduction to Catechetics
    Phil of the Human Person Scripture and Tradition
    Epic and the Person Lyric and Dramatic Voices
    History Core Metaphysics
    Natural Science Core Natural Science Core
    SECOND YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Catechetics Christian Moral Principles
    Principles Biblical Study I Principles of Biblical Study II
    Theology of Christ Theology of the Church
    Foundations of Ethics Psy of Human Dev. I
    Elem Foreign Language or Elective Elem Foreign Language or Elective
    THIRD YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Content and Curriculum Catechetical Saints
    Scriptural Foundation of Catechetics Catechetical Methods I
    Catholic Social Teaching Sacraments
    Catholic Traditions in Fine Arts Core American Founding Principles Core
    Interm. Foreign Lang Requirement Interm. Foreign Lang Requirement
    Math/Macroeconomics Core  
    FOURTH YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Catechetical Methods II Catechetical Ministries Today
    CAT Elective Thesis/Seminar
    Elective Elective
    Elective Elective
    Elective Elective
      Elective

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