April 2020: COVID-19 Update

Thank you for your inquiry about our catechist certification program. Due to the current coronavirus quarantine and the uncertainty about when we will be able to reconvene for in-person classes, Kino will be recording our normal 10-day catechist certification program and posting it online.

You will register for the program through our website (www.kinoinstitute.org) as you normally would, and will then be given an access code to view the classes. The access codes will be emailed to you the week of June 1st. You will be required to take notes for each of the 10 classes and submit a copy of your notes as proof of attendance when you send in your certification paperwork. The classes will be posted by Monday, June 8th. Each session will be available for 24 hours, at which time the videos will be removed.

Welcome Teachers from our Catholic Schools!

We are so grateful for the service you provide in educating children throughout the Diocese of Phoenix.

Kino Catechetical Institute is here to support you! The Essentials of the Catholic Faith Catechist Formation Program exists to satisfy your catechist certification requirement and support your mission of integrating the faith throughout your curriculum.

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  • Why Kino?

  • Classroom Environment

  • Your Coursework

  • Your Schedule

  • Getting Started

Already Certified? Learn About Recertification

Why Kino Catechetical Institute?

Benefits of Attending Kino

  • Learn new ways to integrate the Catholic faith into curriculum across subjects!
  • Get to know other Catholic school teachers from across the diocese, and build your network!
  • Learn from some of the best veteran instructors, catechists, clergy, and religious.

Features Kino

  • Dynamic formation aimed at preparing students to bear confident, charitable witness to the truths of the faith.
  • Systematic, comprehensive overview of the doctrine and dogma of the Catholic Faith to deepen understanding and provide a foundation for further work and study.

  • Successful completion of the Essentials of the Catholic Faith/Catechist Formation program satisfies the Catholic Schools Office catechist certification requirement for Catholic school teachers.

Classroom Environment

  • Experienced instructors, representing a variety of ministries and outreaches in the diocese.
  • Diverse mix of adult learners.
  • Opportunities to ask questions, and interact with instructors and fellow students.

Your Coursework

  • Essentials of the Catholic Faith: eight (8) one-day seminars focusing on the doctrine and dogma of the Catholic Faith.
  • Catechist Formation: two (2) one-day seminars focusing on the methodology and pedagogy of handing on the Catholic Faith.
  • No homework or tests!
Catechist Formation

Your Schedule

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all group related activities at the Diocesan Pastoral Center have been cancelled until further notice. For those of you registered for ESS107 (April 4) and ESS108 (May 2) these classes will be waived and certification will still be issues given that you have attended all the other classes. Please write “waived” on your session tracker for ESS107 & ESS108. For any other questions/concerns please email us at kinoinstitute@dphx.org.  Please note all of our staff is working remotely at this time and all communications will be done through email. Thank you for your patience during these times.

  • We do our best to accommodate you! Join us for two weeks in June (Mon-Fri) to complete all ten courses, or make use of the first Saturdays each month throughout the school year. Either way, we’ll be at the Diocesan Pastoral Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.
  • Kino is located at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 400 E Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ. Parking is offered in a parking deck east of the Diocesan Pastoral Center.
  • Successfully completing 8 Essentials courses and 2 Formation courses completes your certification for 3 years.

Schedule Essentials-Catechist Formation 2019-2020

Schedule Essentials-Catechist Formation 2020-2021

Getting Started

Thank you for your inquiry about our catechist certification program. Due to the current coronavirus quarantine and the uncertainty about when we will be able to reconvene for in-person classes, Kino will be recording our normal 10-day catechist certification program and posting it online. Registration will be open only to those registering for the full series. No individual registration will be available for the Summer session. Please check our 2020/2021 Fall schedule for individual sessions.

You will register for the program through our website (www.kinoinstitute.org) as you normally would, and will then be given an access code to view the classes. The access codes will be mailed to you the week of June 1st. You will be required to take notes for each of the 10 classes and submit a copy of your notes as proof of attendance when you send in your certification paperwork. The classes will be posted by Monday, June 8th. Each session will be available for 24 hours, at which time the videos will be removed.

Next session begins June 8, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Register here

Also, if you are not ready to register, but have questions about your classes or schedule, please do not hesitate to call us: 602-354-2300

Download Application for Catechist Certification