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.

Aquinas College developed the Catechist Formation Program to assist various dioceses as they help pastors, principals, and directors of religious education train prospective catechists in Roman Catholic doctrine. By making available faculty, research, and scholarship prepared in the light of the Magisterium of the Church, the Program offers a systematic and organic formation program based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other catechetical documents of the Roman Catholic Church and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Program is a non-credit program supported by Aquinas College in light of its overall mission. Currently, the CFP is offered live in the Diocese of Knoxville. The program is offered in two formats: live trainings and online.

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 Center for Evangelization and Catechesis. 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 in your diocese. 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 in the Diocese of Knoxville in 2018-2019. Choose the date and location that is convenient for you.

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.

For more information about the Catechist Formation Program please contact:

Jason Gale, L.Div., Director
Aquinas College Catechist Formation Program
(615) 297-7545 x469

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