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.
Students who complete this course of studies will have a much greater understanding of and appreciation for the faith and the development of doctrine in the Church. You will be better equipped to help others understand, embrace and enter into the beauty of Catholic tradition.
The Cardinal Newman Institute currently offers two tracks: 1) a Basic Certificate in theological studies for those who complete the six initial courses; and 2) the Advanced Catechetical Diploma for those who complete twelve additional courses. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take three courses per semester, so as to complete the course of studies in three years.
Most courses are held on Friday evenings and Saturdays at the College of Saint Thomas More in the University district of Fort Worth. Classes are scheduled to allow time in between sessions for reading and study of the texts. Each course meets ten times, for a total of thirty contact hours during a typical fifteen week semester. Students may receive transcripted credit through the College of Saint Thomas More if that will be helpful to those who are completing a college degree. Credits may be transferable to other accredited institutions.