St. John Vianney Seminary Lay Division

Denver Catholic Catechetical School

The mission of the Denver Catholic Catechetical School is to place people in contact and communion with the Person of Christ, who alone leads us to the heart of the Father in the Spirit – in essence making and maturing disciples.

We do this through a prayerful, organic and systematic presentation of the Catholic Faith, contained both in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (CCC 80-82). This occurs in a setting that takes advantage of all the facets of effective adult learning: small group dynamics, independent study, personal application, and engaging lectures.

The Catechetical School offers a two-year, four semester, study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church entitled, “The Ladder of Ascent.” (This course was previously known as “Pillars.”) Under the guidance of an experienced and talented instructor, participants make an in-depth study of four areas: the Creed, the Sacraments, Christian Morality and the Life of Prayer.

Imitating the successful structure and format of the Denver Catholic Biblical School, “The Ladder of Ascent” consists both of lectures and small group discussions for further enrichment and understanding of the material. Furthermore, there are reading assignments for homework and an open book take home test at the end of the semester. At the end of the program, the graduate is awarded a “Certificate of Catechetical Studies.”

For individuals who want to tackle the program in a more aggressive way, we regularly offer a two week intensive summer program, taught by Dr. Sean Innerst. Check back in early 2018 for information about this class for summer 2018.


Contact us at 303-715-3195 or biblicalschool@archden.org to ask any questions!