Registration still open for July Classroom Courses

LT 101 CATECHISM II: CATHOLIC SACRAMENTAL & LITURGICAL THEOLOGY (2 credits) A study of the theology of the seven sacraments as revealed by their origin, development, and liturgical celebrationas described in Part II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Required text: The Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition

Monday– Friday, July 23 - August 3 --- 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Assumption, (Mattese) Rectory Basement - Rev.Tom Keller

MT 101 CATECHISM III: FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC MORALITY (2 credits) A study of the foundational principles of moral theology and the fundamental moral teachings emphasizing that the way of Christ "leads to life," as described in Part III of the CCC.

Required texts:The Catechism of the Catholic Church: second edition; A Bible. Handouts are provided by the instructor

Monday–Thursday, July 9 – 13 & 16 – 20 -- 9:00– 11:30 a.m.
All Saints, St. Peters -  Dr. Barb Blackburn

SP 110 ROOTS OF CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM: TRINITARIAN VISION OF THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS (2credits) A contemplative examination of patristic texts illumining God as Trinity, Church as the Womb of Rebirth, Incarnation as Salvation, Divinization as Human Destiny, and Liturgy as the Laboratory of the Resurrection. This course is a multi-faceted commentary on the early church doctrine of deification: "God became man so man could become God" (St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation, 54), and includes an overview of the differences between an Eastern and Western Catholic spiritual vision. Books will be purchased directly from your instructor the first day of class, so there will be a book fee.

Monday– Friday, July 9 – 20 -- 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary -- Fr. Phil Krill 




Course Descriptions & Schedule /    Faculty  /  Online Registration

New Course Offerings: Classics of Christian Culture

There is a vast collection of literary and spiritual classics produced by writers whose imaginative vision is shaped by a Christian worldview: theologians, novelists, poets, and mystics like Augustine, Dante, Julian of Norwich, John of the Cross, John Donne, T.S. Eliot, Hopkins, Dostoevsky, C.S. Lewis, Chesterton, Tolkien, Walker Percy, Flannery O-Connor and many others. Many of us have somehow managed to bypass these great works in our own education. Or if, we have read some of them it has been a while and it is time to be reacquainted with these great texts.

In this age when we are flooded by the ephemeral works of mass media and pop culture, it is important to take time to read from the classics and allow them to shape our minds and hearts with their profound Christian vision.

The Pontifical Paul VI Institute of Catechetical and Pastoral Studies will be offering you the opportunity to read and discuss these texts guided by an expert. These are non-credit courses. There are no tests or papers. Think of these courses as online book clubs led by knowledgeableguides. The teacher will guide you through the text, answer questions and lead participants in online discussion of the readings. Because they are non-credit, these courses are offered at half the regular price. (Those who belong to parishes in our Comprehensive Catechetical Plan can take these courses at no cost)

This Summer semester we will be offering:


The Brothers Karamazov is a novel about humanity's purpose on earth and the implications of existing in relationship. Three brothers and one step-brother search for meaning and validation in the events surrounding their father's murder. This course will examine each brother's philosophical positions with respect to the narrative action, and special attention will be given to the novel's presentation of the natural world. Published in 1881, the novel still reveals important truths which resonate with contemporary readers and explains why many consider thisthe "greatest novel of all time."

Course Professor: Dr. Hilary Finley teaches undergraduate literature courses for Holy Apostles College Seminary, as well as guest lectures for the Catholic Studies program at SaintLouis University. She holds a doctorate in literature from the University of Dallas. She has experience working as an editor and has taught English at the high school and college levels. She and her husband have three children.  


Foundation provides scholarships for Paul VI students.

Through the generosity of the Virginia Celeste Piontek Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund, qualified students will be eligible for scholarship assistance. This fund, established in memory of Virginia Piontek,  

provides scholarship assistance to students attending the Pontifical Paul VI Institute (for Catechetical and Pastoral Studies) in St. Louis, Missouri where students grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus Christ, the teachings of the church, and in their ability to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the contemporary world. 

 This new fund is featured in a recent newsletter from the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri available here. To donate to this fund go here and enter Paul VI in the search form.


PAUL VI INSTITUTE IS SUPPORTED BY THE ACA  The Annual Catholic Appeal helps to open the door of faith for Catholics across the Archdiocese and beyond.  Because of the generosity of ACA supporters, the Paul VI Institute is able to offer its courses at about half their actual cost.  Thank you!

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