Who Are We?

The Cardinal Newman Institute provides theological and catechetical formation for Catholic laity to help equip them to promote the new evangelization of our culture. Having been active in the Diocese of Fort Worth since 2005, the Institute is now offering an advanced theological and pastoral formation through a comprehensive three year course of studies designed especially for those who serve in catechetical and pastoral ministries in the local Church.

“I want a laity who know their religion, and who enter into it, who know just where they stand, what they hold and what they do not, who know their Creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it. I want an intelligent, well-instructed laity – I wish [them] to enlarge [their] knowledge, to cultivate [their] reason, to get an insight into the relation of truth to truth, to understand how faith and reason stand to each other, what are the bases and principles of Catholicism.”
-J. H. Newman, 1851

Basic Certificate

Earn your Basic Certificate in theological studies when you complete the initial six courses of study.

Advanced Diploma

Earn your Advanced Catechetical Diploma beyond the Basic Certificate by completing twelve additional courses.

Conveniently Scheduled

Most courses are held on Friday evenings and Saturdays to accommodate the average working person.


We are 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. All donations to support our mission and apostolate are tax deductible.

The New Evangelization

We are committed to advancing The New Evangelization, called for by Blessed Pope John Paul the Great.

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Ready to register for this spring? Simply download the registration form and send it in to us by mail.

Sample Course Offerings

Catholic Theological Tradition I - with Dr. Michael Terranova

PhotoThe faith of the apostles has developed over the course of time as the Holy Spirit has guided the Church into understanding depth of the wisdom and knowledge of God. This course explores the development of doctrine in the Church during the first millennium, from the days of the early Church Fathers and the great Ecumenical Councils to the founding of monasticism in the West and the beginning of Scholasticism in the twelfth century.

Salvation History: Adam to Jesus - with Mr. Christopher Tunnell, M.Th.

PhotoUnderstanding Salvation History is foundational for catechesis. Every catechist must be able to impart the narratio or the story of salvation to the audience being addressed. God has kept the promises He made to our ancestors and raised up a mighty Savior, Jesus of Nazareth, who was foretold by Moses and the prophets. He is the One who sits on the throne of David to rule for eternity. All of salvation history leads to Him and culminates in Him, through His redemptive death. This course shows the unity of the two testaments with a special focus on the history of Israel.

Catechism of the Catholic Church - with Mark Rist

PhotoThe Catechism of the Catholic Church is a great gift of the Church for men and women of our time. Its publication in 1992 was the flowering of the Second Vatican Council and a great blessing of the Pontificate of Pope John Paul II who referred to it as a “sure norm for teaching the faith” and a “valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion.” He also expressed his hope that it would serve the renewal to which the Holy Spirit ceaselessly calls the Church of God.

Saint Augustine & Medieval Tradition - with Dr. Michael Terranova

PhotoSaint Augustine is often called the “Doctor of Grace” because of his subtle teaching on the necessity and effect of grace without which all people are bereft of salvation. More than any Church Father in the West, he shaped Catholic theology of the Middle Ages through his writings, especially his Confessions. This course seeks to acquaint the student with the beauty of Augustine’s thought, the substance of those things about which he wrote, and his tremendous legacy in the West.

Catechismo de la Iglesia Catolica

El Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica es un gran regalo de la Iglesia. El Catecismo, publicado en 1992, es fruto del Concilio Vaticano segundo y del pontificado del Papa John Paul II, quien dijo que el Catecismo, es la norma más segura para transmitir la fe "para ayudar a los hombres a creer que Jesús es el Hijo de Dios a fin de que, por la fe, tengan la vida en su nombre, y para educarlos e instruirlos en esta vida y construir así el Cuerpo de Cristo" (#4). El beato Juan Pablo II expresó su esperanza que el Catecismo será instrumento para responder al llamado del Espíritu Santo para la renovación de la Iglesia Católica en estos tiempos.