Welcome Curious Catholics!

Thank you for taking the time to check out our website and consider going deeper in your Catholic faith through Kino’s catechetical formation programs. As the catechetical arm of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, Kino is blessed to offer world-class catechetical formation to the faithful of the Diocese of Phoenix, in support of the many wonderful parishes, outreaches and apostolates here in the diocese, and beyond.

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  • Why Kino?

  • Classroom Environment

  • Your Coursework

  • Your Schedule

  • Getting Started

Why Kino Catechetical Institute?

Benefits of Attending Kino

  • Giving students a foundation in the doctrine and dogma of the Catholic Faith to provide a formation in Church teaching, which will be further developed in diaconate formation.
  • An opportunity to study and network with fellow Catholics from all over the diocese.

  • Opportunity to grow in knowledge and understanding of what we believe, as Catholics, and why we believe it.

  • Receive a catechetical formation meant to prepare you for whatever work the Holy Spirit will call you to in the Church.

Features of Kino

  • The Catholic Faith, taught from the heart and mind of the Church, by experienced instructors, catechists, clergy and religious from throughout the diocese.
  • Dynamic formation aimed at preparing students to bear confident, charitable witness to the truths of the faith, in whatever way they are called to do so.
  • A two-year formation which will help you discern more clearly how you are called to serve under the mission of the Catholic Church.
  • Systematic, comprehensive overview of the doctrine and dogma of the Catholic Faith, rooted in the Sacred Scriptures and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • Graduates of Kino Catechetical Institute’s Adult Faith Formation/Parish Leadership Combined program receive an advanced catechist certification from the Diocese of Phoenix.
  • Auditors of the Adult Faith Formation/Parish Leadership Combined program will receive a basic catechist certification.

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

  • Adult Faith Formation: fourteen (14) five-week courses on Catholic doctrine and dogma, taught over the course of two academic years.
  • Catechist Formation: two (2) one-day seminars focusing on the methodology and pedagogy of handing on the Catholic Faith.
  • All courses will have textbooks, reading assignments and end-of-course assessments.
  • Students may participate in Kino’s formation programs either as auditors, or as for-credit students. Auditors will not be required to do any assignments or assessments, and they will not receive a grade for the courses. For credit students will have reading assignments, and assessments for each class, and will receive a grade for each class, as well.

Your Schedule

  • Adult Faith Formation courses in our evening cohort are offered on either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings during the academic year.
  • Evening courses run from 6:30-9:30pm, and are held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • Adult Faith Formation courses in our daytime cohort are offered on either Wednesday or Thursday mornings during the academic year.
  • Daytime courses run from 9:00am-Noon, and are also held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center.
  • Parish Leadership courses are offered on non-consecutive Saturdays during the academic year.
    Each course meets from 8am-4pm, with a one-hour break for lunch, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Schedule All English Programs 2023-2024

Getting Started

Are you ready to join us? Please contact us via our Admissions page.

“Kino was worth every penny and every second.  I worked a full day and had to drive about 30 minutes to the diocese and back home at 9:00 pm but was wide awake with awe and wonder on the drive home.”

Kino Student

“I looked forward to every class. I have developed very strong friendships within my cohort that I expect to continue well after the program ends. We have established a trust and often pray for the intentions of each other. Each class bring with it, something I often did not know or fully understand. This comes both from class lecture and class discussion.” 

Kino Student