Franciscan at Home

Forming those who form others

Diocese of Charlotte


 The Diocese of Charlotte has partnered with Franciscan University’s Catechetical Institute (CI) to provide a local, mentored, substantive, and engaging approach to disciple-making! This opportunity is being provided to all of our parishes, missions, and schools as a free gift for the next two years (August 2024 - August 2026) thanks to a Faith Formation Endowment!

Who is this for?

  • Any person who is responsible for forming others in the Catholic Faith
    • Ex: parents, Catholic school teachers, catechists, and all ministry leaders 
  • Individuals who want to enrich their life of Faith by deepening their knowledge, and understanding of the Catholic Faith

Partnership Features:

  • Unlimited users per parish/school
  • Online library of over 200 high-quality, video-based workshops
    • new courses are added continuously
  • Dynamic and Authentically Catholic content available 24/7 
    • may be completed at the user’s own pace and/or as a group
  • English and Spanish content 
  • Specialized Ministry Tracks 
  • Excellent formation (mentor training) for ministry leaders at all levels
    • Annual CI Formation Day(s) and/or Retreat

The CI offers an opportunity to take courses with or without the support of a mentor who provides valuable guidance and feedback throughout the course of study. The Mentor Training Track prepares participants to serve as mentors for their particular area of ministry, whether it be in their home, parish, mission, and/or school.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please reach out to the Office Of Faith Formation at [email protected]


CI Leader's Guide PDF


La Diócesis de Charlotte se ha asociado con el Instituto Catequético (IC) de la Universidad Franciscana para proporcionar un enfoque local, mentorizado, sustancial y atractivo para la formación de discípulos. ¡Esta oportunidad se ofrece a todas nuestras parroquias, misiones y escuelas como un regalo gratuito para los próximos dos años (agosto 2024 - agosto 2026) gracias a una Beca de Formación de Fe!

¿A quién va dirigido?

  • Cualquier persona que sea responsable de formar a otros en la Fe Católica
    • Ej: padres, profesores de escuelas católicas, catequistas, y todos los líderes de ministerios 
  • Individuos que desean enriquecer su vida de fe profundizando su conocimiento y comprensión de la fe católica.

Características de la asociación:

  • Participantes ilimitados por parroquia/escuela
  • Biblioteca en línea con más de 200 talleres en vídeo de alta calidad
    • continuamente se añaden nuevos cursos
  • Contenido dinámico y auténticamente católico disponible 24/7 
    • puede completarse al ritmo del usuario y/o en grupo
  • Contenido en inglés y español 
  • Cursos especializados para ministerios 
  • Excelente formación (formación de mentores) para líderes ministeriales de todos los niveles
    • Día(s) anual(es) de formación y/o retiro de la Instituto Catequético

El Instituto Catequético ofrece la oportunidad de tomar cursos con o sin el apoyo de un mentor que proporciona una valiosa orientación y retroalimentación a lo largo del curso de estudio. El Curso de Formación de Mentores prepara a los participantes para servir como mentores en su área particular de ministerio, ya sea en su hogar, parroquia, misión y/o escuela.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda, póngase en contacto con la Oficina de Formación de la Fe en [email protected].



Learning Tracks

Mentor Formation
A Vision for Caring for Others Personally

This workshop explores the most critical element in the graced work of passing on the faith — you. Because the content of the faith is a Person — the Person of Christ — the person of the catechist is pivotal for success. The vocation of the catechist is to be a witness of Christ’s goodness, of His zeal, of His ways, of Him — to be like the Master. “Whatever be the level of his responsibility in the Church, every catechist must constantly endeavor to transmit by his teaching and behavior the teaching and life of Jesus” (St. John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation "On Catechesis in Our Time," Catechesi tradendae (CT) 6). This calling is both joyfully thrilling, and jarringly daunting. It is a supernatural work, beyond our natural capacities. “Catechesis . . . is consequently a work of the Holy Spirit, a work that He alone can initiate and sustain in the Church” (CT 72). And sustain in you. This foundational workshop offers inspiration, insight, and guidance to encourage catechists as they strive to live out their privileged vocation.

Mentorship is integral to ministry in the Catholic Church, as well as to life in the home. In ministry we are privileged to be able to participate in the Blessed Trinity’s divine and loving mentorship of every soul. In His gracious plan of salvation, God, our heavenly Father provides for us to receive all the guidance we need for our journey to Him, for our everlasting homecoming. Through the sending of His own Son and Spirit, He not only teaches us the Way to Him but also gives Himself to us to be our companion on this royal highway. The Church, the Body of His Son, formed by the Spirit, mothers and mentors us on this journey, and it is within this Body that each of us who are also called into ministry — whether as ordained members, as parents, or as lay catechists and pastoral associates — exercise a mentorship for those whom we serve. Our ministry, then, is a participation in His mentorship. Our ministry is one of the ways in which God makes this generous provision of mentorship for others.

The ministry of catechesis and the ministry of spiritual formation are ordinarily somewhat separate in people’s understanding. Yet in the Church’s mind, they relate naturally and necessarily. In the General Directory for Catechesis we read, “Truly, to help a person to encounter God, which is the task of the catechist, means to emphasize above all the relationship that the person has with God so that he can make it his own and allow himself to be guided by God. . . . The catechist is essentially a mediator. He facilitates communication between the people and the mystery of God, between subjects amongst themselves, as well as with the community” (139, 156). This workshop explores what it means to be guided — an intentional docility and trust in the Church's ability to lead us to spiritual growth, to peace with God, to sanctity. Building upon this, we then examine the fundamentals of what it means for you to guide another soul in a catechetical context, so that you can more intentionally seek to be all that the catechetical vocation is graced to become. This workshop's creation was made possible through a generous grant by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.


This workshop is about the central importance of personal vocation. In the words of St. John Paul II, the human person, each unique and unrepeatable, is “the primary and fundamental way for the Church” (RH 14). Each is called to a graced path: to eternal divine beatitude, and to live as a person devoted to the good of his or her neighbor. We will discuss the meaning of personal vocation as it emerged from the Second Vatican Council and was developed in the teaching of St. John Paul II. The unfortunate neglect of personal vocation will also be addressed. We will discuss the pressing need for integrating personal vocation into all Catholic formation. Mentors must situate their mentorship squarely within their own unique callings. In turn, they must help those in their care further clarify and deepen their own personal vocations. Personal vocation should not be a peripheral concept for the Catholic but a central and integrating principle of a life lived in and for Christ.


Effectively Mentoring Others

An important part of being a mentor is getting to really know the person under your care. In this workshop, we explore various kinds of questions related to this work of discovery, and demonstrate which ones best accomplish the objective of authentically revealing that person’s thoughts and needs to productively and wisely build the mentoring relationship. Poor questions result in missed opportunities or weak rapport. Great questions truly serve to open up a soul and build strong mentorship. We especially emphasize the value of open-ended questions oriented toward drawing out a person’s life story.  This workshop's creation was made possible through a generous grant by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.

Empathic listening makes a profound impact on mentoring relationships and in the mentor’s ability to influence effectively someone seeking guidance. When mentors ask good questions, they demonstrate a sincere interest in getting to know those in their care. Such questions orient the relationship towards more authentic sharing, and thereby allows the Holy Spirit to foster spiritual progress and genuine openness to God’s will. This workshop is intended to complement the workshop on asking good questions. Empathic listening is the counterpart skill that enables mentors to truly understand another person intellectually as well as emotionally. As well as addressing the meaning of empathy, we discuss how Jesus provides the superlative pattern for this service to souls. This workshop's creation was made possible through a generous grant by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.

St. Teresa of Calcutta stated that, “I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual.  I can only love one person at a time, just one, one, one. . . So you begin.  I began – I picked up one person.  Maybe if I didn't pick up that one person, I wouldn't have picked up forty-two thousand. . . The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community.  Just begin – one, one, one.”  All conversion is local.  Formation in the faith is always first and foremost God’s attentive presence to the individual.  From this principle arises the importance of mentorship, and for that guidance to be proximal and personal: a mentoring accompaniment.  This workshop encourages all those in any form of ministry to discover by experience the value of making the effort to be more personally available to people.

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