Paul VI Pontifical Institute


Summer 2017 Registration

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 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!

Photos from May 14, 2016. Over one hundred people were commissioned at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis as missionary disciples after completing a three-year lay formation program in the archdiocese for Catholic adults active in their parishes. 

Lay Formation Commission - Images by St. Louis Review







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Agreement with Holy Apostles

Holy Apostles College & Seminary, a dynamic Catholic liberal arts college and seminary located in Cromwell, CT, and devoted to the formation of future priests and leaders in the Catholic community, now allows students at the Paul VI Institute to receive up to nine "prior experience" credits toward their MA in Theology or MA in Pastoral Studies degree programs.

At Holy Apostles lay people study alongside priests, deacons, seminarians and religious in an effort to support and learn from one another.  The online programs allow for study at a pace suited to one's own schedule in 15-week fall, spring and summer terms.

Visit Holy Apostles online at for admissions and degree program information.  To sign up for a listening session to talk about the programs visit

Holy Apostles will be beginning spring registration by mid-November check us out online at to begin the admissions process. 

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!


Greetings from the Paul VI offices!


By way of introduction, the first thing I usually say is that I am a husband, a father, and a teacher.

-My wife and I met in college (the University of Scranton), and have been married for 22 years this year.  Deo gratias!

-We have six children – four boys and two girls –with ages ranging from 18 down to 6.  I always say that “It’s a glorious way to be overwhelmed.”

-I love to teach!  I have taught on the high school, college, and graduate school levels.  I have taught in men’s groups, parishes, clusters, dioceses, and formation programs.  In teaching, I always receive more than I give.


Here’s just a little bit of history, to help you know where I’m coming from: I was born in New Jersey, grew up in Green Bay, and went to high school and college in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  My wife and I lived for 5 years in Boston, 9 years in Nebraska, and  4 years in Saginaw, Michigan.  I guess you could say I’ve been a pilgrim most of my life!

I received a PhD in theology from Boston College.  (My coursework was in systematic theology and my dissertation was on the relationship between theology and science.  The relationship between theological method and the history and philosophy of science has always been of great interest to me.)  After five years of study in Boston we moved to Omaha, NE, to work with the Institute for Priestly Formation – a national program of spiritual formation for diocesan seminarians.  While in Omaha I taught in a Catholic college for two years and a Catholic high school for six years.  After nine years in Omaha we moved to Saginaw, Michigan, to work with Archbishop Carlson.  I served in Saginaw as Diocesan Theologian, Director of Deacon Formation, and Director of the Center for Ministry and Office of Formation (the Diocesan “nerve center” for faith formation and retreats), and taught part time at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit.  After a little over 4 years in Saginaw, here we are in Saint Louis!


One of my basic convictions is that the fruitfulness of our work depends on prayer.  When intimacy with Jesus Christ is at the heart of our lives, all of our work somehow becomes fruitful; when intimacy with Jesus Christ is lacking in our lives, even our best efforts dry up.  I’ve always thought that the following words of Fr. Thomas Dubay capture that conviction quite nicely:

We do others far more good when we ourselves are close to God.  We bond with others more readily and are good for them to the precise degree of our immersion in God who is love.  Husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, can do more for each other and for their children when they become men and women of burning prayer.  Their effectiveness multiplies and snowballs; their influence is deeper and eternal.  The same is true of the priest at the bedside or in the confessional or in the pulpit.     

            -Thomas Dubay, Prayer Primer, 26/81

My desire is that the following three points will always be the first goals of every class taught through the Paul VI Institute:

1) That students will grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus Christ through this class. 

2) That students will grow in their love and knowledge of the teachings of the Church through this class.

3) That students will grow in their ability to proclaim the Good news of Jesus Christ to the contemporary world through this class.

As you can see, I believe that an ever deepening intimacy with Jesus Christ, an ever deepening membership in the Church, and a renewed evangelization are intimately linked.

As we engage in our catechetica ministries, let our hearts and our voices be united to each other in prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, we give to you our hearts.  Please give to us your Sacred Heart.  Through all that we think and feel, through all that we say and do, may the name of Jesus be praised.  Holy Mary, mother of God, Pray for us!


Sincerely yours in Christ,



Dr. Ed Hogan

Director, Pontifical Paul VI institute of Catechetical and Pastoral Studies

Associate Professor, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Archdiocese of Saint Louis

(314) 792-7453

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