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Ministry of Parenting (MP) Track

In his landmark document on family life, Pope John Paul II stated that, “The sacrament of marriage gives to the educational role the dignity and vocation of being really and truly a ‘ministry’ of the Church at the service of the building up of her members.  So great and splendid is the educational ministry of Christian parents that Saint Thomas has no hesitation in comparing it with the ministry of priests: ‘Some only propagate and guard spiritual life by a spiritual ministry: this is the role of the sacrament of Orders; others do this for both corporal and spiritual life, and this is brought about by the sacrament of marriage, by which a man and a woman join in order to beget offspring and bring them up to worship God.’”  The Catechetical Institute views parenting as the critical catechetical role in the Church.  The workshops offered in this track are not intended to result in any certification, but instead aim at a far more fundamental end:  forming adults who know how to live a missionary life in marriage – judging nothing in life as greater than the work of parenting towards sainthood, and striving for spousal sanctity.  To foster this, a great variety of pragmatic and imaginative workshops is offered by the Catechetical Institute as electives in every track, and collected together in this track to help families in our challenging modern culture to see God’s plan for the domestic church and the school of holiness as the decisive element in bringing about a culture of life.  This track's content is funded with a generous grant by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.

We recommend to take these courses in the order they appear, although it is not required to do so.
Courses of StudyProgressLast viewed
The Lay Vocation
The Lay Vocation
The Universal Call to HolinessIn Progress
A Foundational Vision: The Lay VocationRelease Date: To Be Announced
The Human PersonIn Progress
The Human Person in God's Loving PlanIn Progress
Conversion: How Faith Grows and WithersRelease Date: To Be Announced
Spiritual CombatRelease Date: To Be Announced
The Kerygma: Key DoctrinesIn Progress
The Kerygma: Catholic DistinctivesRelease Date: To Be Announced
Foundational Relationships: The Father and the SonRelease Date: To Be Announced
Foundational Relationships: The Holy Spirit and Mother ChurchRelease Date: To Be Announced
The Spousal Vocation
The Spousal Vocation
Parent SaintsIn Progress
A Foundational Vision: Theology of the BodyIn Progress
Vocational SpiritualityComing Soon!
Being Guided & Guiding SoulsIn Progress
Wife & MotherRelease Date: To Be Announced
Husband & FatherRelease Date: To Be Announced
Spiritual Friendship & CompanionshipRelease Date: To Be Announced
Spiritual AccountabilityRelease Date: To Be Announced
Mentoring Within a FamilyRelease Date: To Be Announced
Mentoring Other FamiliesRelease Date: To Be Announced
The Parental Vocation
The Parental Vocation
Fostering Holiness in Children In Progress
A Foundational Vision: The Community of the FamilyIn Progress
Theology of the FamilyRelease Date: To be Announced
Parental Fortitude & Sunday SpiritualityRelease Date: To Be Announced
Evangelical Effectiveness of ParentingRelease Date: To Be Announced
Fostering Vocations at Home IRelease Date: To Be Announced
Fostering Vocations at Home IIRelease Date: To Be Announced
Family: Domestic Church & School of HolinessIn Progress
Godly DisciplineRelease Date: To Be Announced
Marian Motherhood & Priestly FatherhoodRelease Date: To Be Announced

Electives for this Track

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Special Topics

Children's Catechesis

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