St. John Vianney Seminary Lay Division

Summer 2018 Classes & Programs

Here’s a quick list of the classes/programs we’re offering this summer. Scroll down below the double line for more information on the class(es) you’re interested in.

  • Provisional Certificate class for Catholic School Teachers — June 11-14 and July 23-26
  • Intensive “Ladder of Ascent: A Journey through the Catechism” class — June 18-29
  • 4 Part Course, “Paul’s Epistle to the Romans” — June
  • 7 Part Seminar Course “St Thomas’ Treatise on Law” — July to August
  • CBS 4th Annual “Men of St Joseph” Men’s Evening — August 4


Provisional Certificate Class for Catholic School Teachers: June 11-14 and July 23-26
The ​Provisional ​Certificate ​Course ​is ​specifically ​developed ​for ​Catholic ​school ​teachers. ​Each ​day ​covers ​fully ​one ​of ​the ​four ​Pillars ​of ​the ​Catechism ​of ​the ​Catholic ​Church ​(CCC). ​The ​student ​must ​complete ​all ​four ​Pillars ​and ​the ​associated ​in-class ​assignments ​satisfactorily ​​to ​be ​awarded ​the ​Provisional ​Certificate by the Office of Catholic Schools. The​ Denver Catholic Catechetical School is ​offering ​this ​four-day ​course for following two weeks only ​during ​the ​summer ​2018: ​June ​11-14 ​and ​July ​23-26. This teacher-specific class ​in this four-day format is ​not ​offered ​during ​the ​regular ​school ​year. ​​Students ​are ​not ​required ​to ​register ​for ​all ​four ​classdays ​in ​one ​week, but ​may ​mix ​and ​match ​sessions between the two weeks.
Tuition: $35/day
To register and for more information, click HERE.


Intensive “LADDER OF ASCENT: A Journey through the Catechism” class: June 18-29
This ​class, taught by Dr. Sean Innerst, seminary professor, Co-founder of the Augustine Institute and the author and originator of the Catechetical School’s course on the Catechism, ​is ​ideal ​for ​DREs, ​youth ​ministers, ​RCIA ​instructors, ​Deacons, ​Deacon-candidates, ​catechists, ​or ANYONE who wants to ​learn ​more ​about ​the ​Catechism ​of ​the ​Catholic ​Church ​(CCC) in an intensive format. ​This two-week ​class​ ​covers the same content as the two-year “Ladder of Ascent” course and costs less than half. The genius of the Ladder of Ascent program is that the content of Catechism is proposed not as dry “faith facts,” but as a transformative journey back to the God who made us by way of the Ladder of Ascent that the CCC describes. Former students tell us that this two-week experience is like a retreat which refreshed their appreciation of the Faith and helped them to pass it on in a new and vital way. This ​short course ​will ​run ​June ​18 ​- ​29 ​(Monday ​through ​Friday), ​9:00a ​- ​4:00p ​every ​day, ​and ​will ​be ​held ​in ​Room ​121 ​in ​the ​St. ​John ​Paul ​II ​Center ​(1300 ​S ​Steele ​St, ​Denver). Upon successful completion of this class, the student will earn a Certificate of Catechetical Studies from the Denver Catholic Catechetical School.
Tuition:
 – Full Tuition: $450
– Volunteer Catechist: $400 (verification will be requested from one’s DRE or Pastor)
– Full-time/Part-time church employee (parish, school, Apostolate): $350
– Priest / Seminarian / Deacon / Professed Religious: Free
To register and for more information, click HERE.


Four Part Course “The Epistle to the Romans” — June 2018
This is a four-part lecture series taught by Dr. Mark Giszczak from the Augustine Institute. This class will taek a deep dive into the theology St. Paul presents in his Letter to the Romans, the most controversial and most commented-on book in the entire Bible. Romans is the summit of Paul’s theological ministry and his definitive statment of the gospel to the Gentiles. Class will be held on the following four evenings: June 5, June 12, June 19 and June 26.
– Location: Bonfils Hall at the St John Paul II Center (1300 S Steele St, Denver 80210)  PARKING GUIDE
– Time:        6:30p – 8:00p
– Cost:         $50.00
To register and for more information, click HERE.

Seven Part Seminar Course “St Thomas’ Treatise on Law” — July-August 2018
This class is taught by Daniel Campbell, Curriculum Coordinator and Instructor with the Denver Catholic Biblical and Catechetical School. The class will articulate what the philosophy of law is and how such translates to aiding people to grow in holiness. The different types of law (eternal law, natural law, human law, and Divine law) will then each be broken down to explain the role that each play in ordering us to virtue, all of which will give a proper understanding of law as it contributes to a just social order that propagates the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This seven-part class will be taught in the “seminar style,” which places emphasis upon the student to read texts beforehand, then engaging in a discussion guided by the teacher, during which the details of the texts are drawn out and reinforced. As such, students will be expected to commit to the reading and discussion. Given the nature of the class as a seminar-style and small group format, participation will be limited to 15 students. Class will be held on the following seven mornings: July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15 and August 22.
– Location:  St John Paul II Center (1300 S Steele St, Denver 80210) PARKING GUIDE
– Time:         9:00a – 11:00a
– Cost:         $175.00
To register and for more information, click HERE.


CBS 4th Annual “Men of St. Joseph” Men’s Evening – Saturday, August 4
Calling all men!! This is a great event — filled with fellowship, good food on the grill, and talks on topics of interest to Catholic men by the men of our exceptional CBS staff.  Hosted by CBS Director, Dr. Nick Lebish, and  his fellow male CBS instructors and held at the St. John Paul II Center (1300 S Steele St, Denver 80210) the evening of Saturday, August 4. Mark your calendars and check back again soon for more information!
Registration will open May.