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General Information

Through the St. Junipero Serra Institute (SJSI), the Diocese of Fort Worth seeks to fulfill the mission of forming the laity in the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Institute Objectives

A person takes notes during a class.The objective of the St. Junipero Serra Institute (SJSI) is to prepare the laity for being effective witnesses of the Gospel within their parish communities. This is accomplished by teaching the content of the faith as articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Level I), through in-depth courses related to central topics in Catholicism (Level II), and offering various concentrations related to parish ministry and/or personal faith formation (Level III).

Student Requirements

For Certification:

  • Participate in all sessions and write a two-page paper at the conclusion of each six-week course.
  • At the completion of Level III, an exit interview with the Department Director of Evangelization and Catechesis is required for certification.

For Audit (personal growth):

  • There are no requirements. You are free to attend for your own benefit, although you must take the levels in order.


The cost for each course is $35.00. Note: Books are not included.

Financial Assistance:
If students require financial assistance, they should contact us through the contact information below.

Length of the Program

The length of each course is six weeks (one session per week). Courses are offered during the fall (two terms), winter/spring (two terms), and late spring/early summer (one term). This allows for five terms per year. If a student takes one course a term, they can complete the entire program in three years.



Jason Whitehead, MA
Director of Evangelization and Catechesis
Director of St. Junipero Serra Institute
Director of Faith Formation


Julie Kiehlbauch, MS
Executive Assistant

The Diocese of Fort Worth is dedicated to a Safe Environment. We offer extensive and mandatory training for all employees and volunteers. Please contact the Safe Environment office if you need assistance or to report an abuse or concern.

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