Faith Formation in our Diocese


The Spanish word “Cursillo” means “short course.” The full title is “a short course in living what is fundamental for being a Christian,” but everyone simply calls it “Cursillo.” Even where Spanish is not spoken, the word “Cursillo” is never translated into English.

The immediate purpose of the Cursillo is to provide a foundation for the person to live what is fundamental for being Christian - experienced through the encounter with oneself, with Christ, and with others on the weekend. The ultimate purpose is to leaven the world with the Gospel. The Cursillo Movement is focused to help each of us grow in our relationship with Christ. The natural result of this will then compel us to fulfill our baptismal responsibility: to go forth, as apostles, and proclaim the good News that God in Christ loves us. We can no longer afford to sit passively by and "hope" that the world comes to know Christ. We must make a conscientious effort to "tell" the world about Christ.

The Cursillo Movement provides us with the method necessary for fulfilling our baptismal responsibility, along with the support for using the method. Cursillo is a witness of Christ offering His friendship. Everything that we are called to be in Cursillo is based on friendship.

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Kino Catechetical Institute

Kino Catechetical Institute provides courses of study in catechetical formation intended to deepen each student’s knowledge of the faith, and love for Jesus. In so doing, Kino serves Catholics who wish to grow in their understanding of Christ’s Church, and prepares its graduates to effectively articulate and defend their faith. In addition, Kino Catechetical Institute is in charge of the catechist certification process for all those employed by diocesan institutions.

The mission of the Kino Library is to provide resources in theology, biblical studies, and spirituality for the students and faculty of Kino Catechetical Institute and to students enrolled in all religious studies programs. It is also open to the general public. User-centered services provide an inviting environment for study, collaboration and reflection.


Benedictine University

Mission Statement: Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, and truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.

Vision Statement: Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the Earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.


Mary College at ASU

Mary College at ASU is an unprecedented partnership between the University of Mary and Arizona State University. Through this domestic exchange program, members of Mary College have the privilege and transformative experience of belonging to a community of learners committed to developing their minds and fostering their faith through the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

Mary College members enrolled at ASU can access our Catholic studies courses, which fulfill ASU general studies requirements and are taught by University of Mary faculty. Members can even earn a major or minor in Catholic studies. Other benefits include access to a life-changing pilgrimage to Rome, a variety of semester retreats and community excursions, and extended hours at our extraordinary library and study center. Students from the University of Mary can participate as members and exchange students each semester and thereby have access to ASU courses and all the opportunities and resources of a research-one university.