Mission of the Maris Stella Institute

Our mission is to provide bishops and their dioceses with systematic courses in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” and other magisterial documents as a means for adult faith formation and catechetical certification.

Vision of the Maris Stella Institute

To this end, we envision a comprehensive center of studies offering specialized programs and services that exceed state catechetical guidelines and local diocesan standards. Each program and/or service mutually benefits the other programs and/or services.

  • Adult Catechetical & Theological Sessions (ACTS) for adults seasoned with life experience
  • Young Adult Catechist Society (YACS) where young adult master catechists form fellow young adults
  • Advanced/Continuing Formation to Renew Certification (Non-Master Catechist Track)
  • Advanced/Continuing Formation to Renew Certification (Master Catechist Mentorship Program)

After completing the proscribed course of studies, graduates are then presented to the local dioceses for obtaining or renewing their catechetical certification.

“Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy, a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route. The true stars of our life are the people who have lived good lives. They are lights of hope… Holy Mary, Mother of God, our Mother, teach us to believe, to hope, to love with you. Show us the way to his Kingdom! Star of the Sea, shine upon us and guide us on our way!”
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi

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