Catechist Formation Program (CFP)

Like all Christians, catechists are called to continual conversion and growth in their faith. To provide the ongoing spiritual formation needed to nurture this growth, Aquinas College offers a Catechetical Formation Program for adults.

The Catechist Formation Program offers catechists in participating dioceses the opportunity to profit from systematic continuing education in the truths of the Catholic faith. Catechists who complete program requirements earn the title of Certified Catechist.

The Catechist Formation Program includes:


An Orientation Session is offered annually to introduce interested participants to the program. You only need to attend the Orientation Session once.

Directed Study

Catechists must complete 6 courses or 36 hours of direct instruction given by Instructors associated with the Aquinas College Office of Catechetics. Each course includes five program “modules” (Creed, Sacraments, Morality, Prayer, and Methods). See the picture below for curriculum. Catechists can complete program requirements over a three year period by attending the fall and spring sessions as well as other approved catechetical events offered by the Diocese of Nashville. Sessions are held both live and online.


Saturday Live Sessions

Two sessions per year (one in the fall and one in the spring) are offered in locations throughout the dioceses of Nashville and Knoxville. Choose the date and location that is convenient for you.

To register in Nashville, click here.  To register in Knoxville, click here

Online Sessions

We offer the Catechist Formation Program online to any and all interested catechists. More information regarding the online program and course offerings may be found at on our Online Sessions page.

Independent Study

Catechists must complete an additional 20 hours of independent study through an approved program.