Kino Catechetical Institute Course Catalogue
We offer a variety of courses for every level of learner. Below, you can sort the courses by program. Also, you can click on the course title and read a brief description of the topics covered.
In this course, participants will learn the foundational elements of belief in Jesus Christ and in His message, as transmitted through the Church. This course will examine the desire for God in each person, the sources of Revelation, the unique features of Scripture, the Church’s teachings on Creation and the pertinence of Original Sin for today.
1. My Soul Longs for You, O God
2. God Comes to Meet Us
3. Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature
4. A Catholic Understanding of Scripture
5. Bring About the Obedience of Faith
6. I Believe in God
7. Man and Woman in the Beginning
8. Philosophical Foundations of the Faith
Students will learn the key underlying themes that run through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church. They will then learn to evaluate how these themes are present in the beginning section of the Catechism by studying the foundations for Revelation and God’s plan of salvation. These foundational doctrines include man’s capacity for God, Divine Revelation, faith, the Trinity, creation and Original Sin.
This course will examine God’s response to the entrance of sin in the world and how He regathered His family through the institution of the covenants. Emphasis will be on God’s covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and David and how they prepared for the universal covenant with Christ.
1. Creation – God Gives Us Life
2. The Fall – Sin Enters the World
3. God’s Covenant with Noah
4. God’s Covenant with Abraham
5. Moses and the Passover Covenant
6. Moses and the Ten Commandments
7. The Establishment of the Kingdom of David
In this course, the Old Testament is studied from a covenantal and narrative understanding in the light of Church teaching on the nature of the Sacred Scriptures. It will examine God’s response to the entrance of sin in the world. Emphasis will be on the study of the Pentateuch, and God’s covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses.
This course will study the ministry of Christ in light of narrative of the Gospel of St. Matthew, described by Pope John Paul II as the Gospel of the Catechist. Emphasis will be on understanding the Gospels as a continuation and the culmination of God’s plan of salvation that began in the Old Testament. It will also give an overview of the history of the Church, from the Acts of the Apostles until the present day.
1. The Infancy of Christ – A Savior is Born
2. Jesus’ Ministry Begins
3. Healings, Miracles and Apostles
4.Jesus Establishes the Kingdom
5. Jesus Enters Jerusalem
6. The Death and Resurrection of Jesus
7. Acts of the Apostles
8. History of the Church
In this course, the Old Testament is studied from the covenantal and narrative understanding in the light of Church teaching on the nature of the Sacred Scriptures. Emphasis will be on the study of the history of the people of Israel from the time of Joshua through the Kings and exile, with highlights from the Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom literature.
This course will examine the Church’s teaching about the Person of Christ the Second Person of the Trinity. It will also look at how Jesus established the Church to continue His ministry on earth, and the role of His mother Mary as His model disciple. It will look at the resurrection of the dead and our eternal sharing in the divine life.
1. The Good News: God Has Sent His Son
2. The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ
3. Receive the Holy Spirit
4. The Church: Reflecting the Light of Christ
5. The Four Marks of the Church
6. Mary: The Church’s First and Most Perfect Member
7. Our Eternal Destiny
This course examines the Church’s understanding of the historicity of the Gospels and the role of typology in the Gospels in light of the narrative of the Gospel of St. Matthew, described by Pope St. John Paul II as the Gospel of the Catechist. Emphasis will be on reading the Gospels as a continuation and the culmination of God’s plan of salvation, centering on the Person of Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity.
This course will look at the purpose of liturgy and sacraments in God’s plan of salvation and in the life of the Church today. It will also look at each of the seven Sacraments and how they make God’s grace present in the life of the recipient.
1. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ
2. Baptism: Becoming a Christian
3. Confirmation: Consecrated for Mission
4. The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life
5. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: God is Rich in Mercy
6. Anointing the Sick and the Dying
7. Holy Orders
8. The Sacrament of Marriage
9. Sacramentals and Popular Devotions
This course continues the study of the New Testament through an examination of the early Church in Acts of the Apostles, the letters and theology of St. Paul, the Catholic Epistles and the Book of Revelation. Special focus will be given to the narrative of Acts and the scriptural foundation for the Church “the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth” 1 Tim 3:15.
The course will examine the foundation of the Church’s teachings on morality as rooted in the uniqueness of each person as being created in God’s image and likeness. It will begin to look at the Ten Commandments, focusing on the commandments that orient our lives to the love of God.
This course will study the Person of Christ as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It will examine the Person of Christ as the Second Person of the Trinity; His Divine and human natures, the purpose of His Incarnation; the historicity of the Resurrection; His establishment of the Church and the role of His mother Mary as His model disciple
Continuing the discussion on the Ten Commandments, this course will discuss the social teachings of the Church, focusing on Commandments Four through Ten, the commandments that order social relationships.
1. The Fourth Commandment
2. The Fifth Commandment
3. The Sixth Commandment
4. The Seventh Commandment
5. The Eighth Commandment
6. The Ninth Commandment
7. The Tenth Commandment
This course will examine the Church’s teaching on the nature of the Church, the sacrament of salvation to the world. It will look at the role of the Holy Spirit in the animation of the Church; the role of the Church in God’s plan of salvation; the characteristics of the Church; the
roles and responsibilities in the Church, and the final destiny of her members.
This course examines the nature of Prayer and Christian Spirituality as understood within the Catholic tradition. Participants will become familiar with Church teaching concerning the nature of prayer and in particular the Our Father as the model for all prayer.
1. God Calls Us to Pray: The Foundations of Prayer
2. Jesus Taught Us to Pray
Students are introduced to the study of Church history from the time of Jesus through the present era, focusing primarily on the Western Church. Topics will include the basics of Church history, the development of the doctrinal, and an examination of the Church and its mission within the larger historical context of society.
The course will examine the history, foundations, and dimensions of Saint John Paul II’s five-year catechesis on human love in the divine plan, popularly known as the Theology of the Body, 135 audiences given in Rome at the beginning of his pontificate
This course will identity the purpose of liturgy and sacraments in God’s plan of salvation and in the life of the Church today. It will examine Christ’s death and Resurrection as the source of all grace; the corporate nature of liturgy; the purpose of sacraments as the normal means of receiving God’s grace; the role of each sacrament in the life of the Christian. It will look at Sacraments in
light of Christ’s mission and God’s entire plan of salvation.
The course will examine the foundation of the Church’s teachings on morality as rooted in the uniqueness of each person as being created in God’s image and likeness. It will look at the Church’s teaching on morality as our life in Christ, a life ordered to Beatitude, virtue and holiness. It will discuss the importance of conscience, the nature of sin, and the demands of the first Three Commandments in the life of the Christian.
This course will examine the principles of social morality as summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It will discuss the person and society, participation in the social life, social justice, and commandments Four through Ten, the commandments that order social relationships, with an emphasis on the role of the family as the foundational cell of all society and social living.
Through Baptism, each person is incorporated into the Body of Christ and joins with the Church in fulfilling the mission of the Church, making disciples of all nations. This course will explore the role of lay people in the mission of the Church and their role in renewing the temporal order. It will examine the relationship between faith, service and lay leadership. Taking into account the principles found in John Paul II’s document Christifideles Laici students will analyze the call of lay people today, both to the world and to the Church.
“The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being (CCC 2559).” Jesus is our preeminent model of prayer as the source of our transformation into the life of God. This course examines stages in the spiritual life and the nature of prayer and Christian spirituality as understood within the Catholic tradition. Students will become familiar with Church teaching concerning the nature of prayer and spirituality and explore the insight, encouragement and practical wisdom provided by the great Doctors of the Church on advancing in the spiritual life.
The course will give an introduction to the Church’s mission of evangelization and catechesis. It is designed specifically for those in the area of parish and school catechesis.
1. Introduction to Evangelization and Catechesis
2. Structure and Themes of the Catechism
3. Proclaiming the Good News in the Diocese of Phoenix
4. Divine Pedagogy and Human Methodology
5. Those Responsible for Catechesis and the Importance of the Person of the Catechist
6. The Role of the Parents as Primary Educators and Family as Domestic Church in Catechesis
7. Diocesan Sacramental Policies and the Importance of Law in the Life of the Church
8. Catholic School Teachers Only: Intro to the Mission of Catholic Schools
Through the work of evangelization and catechesis, the Church invites all people to intimacy with Christ and communion with the Holy Trinity. This course will discuss the Church’s mission to spread the Good News to all nations and how the good news cultivates and deepens the faith of the individual. The documents to be examined are John Paul II’s Ecclesia in America, Catechesi Tradendae, and the General Directory for Catechesis from the Congregation for the Clergy, along with highlights from contemporary magisterial documents on evangelization and catechesis.
This course will provide parish and school catechesis with an introduction to age-appropriate catechesis. Separate tracks are offered in the area of Children’s Catechesis, Youth Evangelization, and RCIA/Adult Faith Formation. It is designed specifically for those in the area of parish and school catechesis.
1. The Process of Conversion
2. Fostering an Evangelizing Encounter with Christ
3. Catechesis According to Age, as Outlined in CT, CGD, NDC
4. Developing a Catechetical Session
5. Fostering Prayer, Purification and the Devotional Life
6. Promoting Service, Vocation and Life-long Mystagogical Discipleship in Christ
This course will give an overview of the role of Canon Law in the life of the Church and how it impacts parish life. Included will be the history of Canon Law, juridical principles found in The Code of Canon Law, common methodology, and how Canon Law is used to support the everyday work of the Church and her mission of evangelization.
This course seeks to give the student an understanding of how the cultural and ecumenical realities of parish life impact evangelization. It will examine the diversity of ethnic cultures in the diocese and how they impact parish life and ministry. Finally, it will look at the many denominations and religions in the diocese and provide an introduction to the Church’s principles of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.
This course will introduce the student to the Church’s principles and methods of youth evangelization, for youth in pre-adolescence and adolescence.
This course will introduce the student to the Church’s principles and methods of children’s catechesis, ages 3 through 12.