Paul VI Pontifical Institute



Spring registration is closed, check back soon for Summer registration.


 Please consider supporting 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! To see this year's ACA video, click on the following link: 


In Collaboration with the Office of Young Adult Ministry:

Disciplus Institute- Young Adult Faith Fomation Program


Introducing- Disciplus Young Adult Institute

Discipuls is the brand new faith formation program for young adults in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  St. Louis Young Adults is colloborating with the Paul VI Institute to bring you these short and information filled classes.

Each class will meet weekly for about  4 weeks (depending on the class)  and will offer a deeper look into topics that can help you understand and practice your faith in a more real way.

 Why Disciplus?

Disciplus is the Latin word for Disciple. Christ is calling each of us to follow him more fully in our own lives.  All too often we stop learning about our faith when we exit Catholic Schools.  It's often been said that "you can't love what you don't know"- we invite you to get to know your faith so that you can dive deeper into your relationship with Christ.

Class offerings

April 2014 - Now Enrolling!

Theology of Pope Francis- A closer look at Evangelii Gaudium

Cost $30

 To register, go to:

Learn more about our beloved new pontiff by diving into his early writings and teachings as pope.

This course meets on Mondays throughout April (7,14,21,28) at the Cardinal Rigali Cetner. 7pm-9pm.

 Professor- Matthew Muller, M.A.

Matt Muller, M.A., is currently a PhD student in Historical Theology at Saint Louis University. He received his M.A in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), and his B.A. in Religious Studies from Benedictine College. He is writing a dissertation on John Henry Newman's understanding of the inspiration and interpretation of the Bible. While an undergraduate at Benedictine, he converted to Catholicism. He then spent three years serving as a Catholic missionary with the FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Matt has also taught high school theology, served on his parish evangelization committee, and is a board member of the Saint Louis Young Adults.

Course Description 

This four-week course is based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. Translated “The Joy of the Gospel,” the Holy Father has delivered to the all the faithful a program for being a Christian in the world today. Three themes are paramount throughout the letter: invitation, encounter, and joy. This course will walk through the text with these three themes in mind.

Doing so, we will discover the theological and spiritual depth of Francis’ vision for the Church, his concern for implementing the authentic reforms of the Second Vatican Council, and his challenge to all Catholics, lay and religious, liberal and conservative, progressive and traditional, to become disciples of Jesus Christ. Through this course we will move past the media portrayals and discover a true “Son of the Church.”

Course Materials

Required - Evangelii Gaudium- Pope Francis

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You may have heard about - and may have questions about - press reports that a married man is being ordained a Catholic priest.  Here's the story that will help you understand what's actually happening.  Read it, and be ready for the conversations that you might be part of!

Don't Kill Us: Abortion and Down Syndrome

"Down syndrome ...  used to happen to about one in every seven hundred babies born in America every year.  Now it happens in about one of every two thousand babies born in America because more and more babies diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome are terminated ... About nine of every ten children diagnosed with Down syndrom in utero in American and Europr are killed before they take their first breath in this world." 

Read the astonishing story of famed swimmer and Down syndrome activist Karen Gaffney, and her impassioned cry: Don't Kill Us! in this article by Brian Doyle. 

The story is printed in the Winter 2013 edition of the University of Portland Magazine: 

Endow Facts

Endow Facts are now posted in our website, go to Some Facts and you will be able to get all your answers to some basic questions being asked such as:

In precisely how many dioceses is Endow at the moment?

We are approved in over 100 diocese in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. 

 In how many states of the USA are there Endow groups? 

We currently have approval from dioceses in 45 states. 

Where are there Endow groups outside the USA? 

We are approved in dioceses in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.  We also have had groups in Guam and in Germany on military bases, as we have the approval of the Diocese of the Military Services. 

How many girls and women have participated in Endow groups? 

Since our inception in 2003, we have had over 17,000 women and girls participate in Endow study groups. 

What age of girls and women does Endow serve?   

Our youth program offers courses for girls in 6th to 12th grade.  Our adult program is designed for women 18 and older.  (Our oldest facilitator is 87!)

When was Endow founded?

We are quickly approaching our 10 year anniversary!  We began in May 2003 in the Archdiocese of Denver in Denver, CO.   

How was Endow founded? 

Endow was founded through the Holy Spirit working in the lives of women in Denver, CO.  Specifically, Marilyn Coors and Terry Polakovic.  The message of the Church, as articulated by Pope John Paul II in his Letter to Women and On the Dignity and Vocation of Women (Mulieris Dignitatem), amazed the hearts of these women, and it became clear to them that they had to share what they had learned. 

Transformed by the message of authentic femininity and dignity of the person, Terry quit her job to found what would become Endow, and Marilyn became the Chairman of the Board.  With the great support of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who offered Endow two offices and two computers to use in the Archdiocese of Denver, Endow was born. 

Initially the founders weren’t sure how to go about sharing this mission – as an NGO, a think-tank, etc.  However, it was soon clear that the Holy Spirit was leading them to found an educational organization for women.  Instrumental in the foundation was Sister Prudence Allen, RSM, one of the world’s experts on authentic feminism, who was leading the philosophy department of the seminary in Denver.  Her teaching style and guidance helped shape the style for the Endow study courses as they are today.  She taught in a style that was academic, but accessible to all, giving the historical background, definitions to Church terms, and outside information needed to better grasp the message of the Church documents. 
From those humble beginnings, Endow now offers 4 youth studies and 13 adult studies – ranging from John Paul II’s Letter to Women, Setting the World Ablaze:  Saint Catherine of Siena, and Pope Benedict XVI’s God Is Love. While the core mission of Endow revolves around study courses, we also offer other events such as retreats, summer schools, seminars, and parish talks. 

For more information see Some Facts in our website!

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