The Diocese of Des Moines

Faith Journey

Catechetical Institute 



The Catechetical Institute was founded in 2008 to provide ongoing faith formation for Catholic adults of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The mission of the institute is to further students' spiritual formation and deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith. The heart of the curriculum is based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and provides a systematic presentation of the Catholic faith.


Logistics of the Catechetical Institute:



          2 years - 2 modules per year


Module Topics:

Module 1: Creed:  The Story in Miniature
Module 2: Sacraments:  The Blessing Revealed and Communicated
Module 3: The Moral Life:  Fulfillment in Beatitude
Module 4: Prayer:  The Blessing Given and Received


Length of module:

          11 catechetical sessions and 2 formative sessions


Days of sessions:

           Catechetical sessions are on Monday evenings from 7 - 9 PM at Dowling Catholic High School

           Formative sessions are on Saturday mornings from 8 - 11:30 AM at locations in the Des

           Moines area TBD.


How sessions are facilitated:  

           1. Participants will share their own reflections and understandings of the reading in

               a small group setting for the first part

           2. Participants attend a formal instruction of the reading where they can also

               comment or make inquiries about the reading to the instructor.



          $250 per module*

           * - Limited financial assistance available


Pillar and Dates for Fall 2016: 

The dates can be found here.




          To register for the program, please fill out the application (click here to dowload application) and send it to
           Des Moines Diocese
           Attn: Faith Journey
           601 Grand Avenue
           Des Moines, IA 50309

           Deadline for registration is September 5, 2016


Jeff Cavins Inviting the People of Des Moines to Join Faith Journey Catechetical Institute



Witness Videos of Current Students of the Institute



For any other questions, please contact John Huynh


Phone: 515-237-5006.