Catechetical Kick-Off Conference

    September 9, 8am-6pm | Terra Sancta Retreat Center

    A beginning of the year catechetical conference for DRE’s, catechists, evangelists, youth ministry volunteers, OCIA teams, Catholic School teachers, CGS Instructors, Lay Ministers, Bible Study leaders, ALPHA team members, etc.

    Co-Sponsored by the Augustine Institute. Join Dr. Sean Innerst and Dr. Arielle Harms as we explore the role of Catechesis in the New Evangelization.

    Dr. Sean Innerst

    Augustine Institute |

    Dr. Sean Innerst, formerly DRE for the Diocese of Rapid City, was the founding Provost of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver where he taught theology and catechetics for twenty years and served for ten years as chairman of the theology department and as an instructor in the St. Francis School for Deacons. Sean is also a co-founder of the Augustine Institute where he now teaches catechetics fulltime. He is the originator of the popular two-year “Ladder of Ascent” program on the Catechism in the Archdiocese of Denver Catechetical School and has contributed to four books, including the Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine from OSV.  He is the author of From Blessing to Blessing: The Catechism as a Journey of Faith and the two-part adult study on the Catechism called Pillars: A Journey Through the Catechism, both from Ascension Press.

    Dr. Arielle Harms

    Augustine Institute

    Dr. Arielle Harms has spent over 15 years in the parish setting, building curriculum, policy, and programs and forming catechists, as well as has served as a consultant for catechist formation, curriculum development and program creation for other parishes. In addition to catechesis, Arielle’s academic interests include natural law, virtue, nature and grace, bioethics, ecclesiology, sacramental theology, liturgy and the theology of Thomas Aquinas.  Her published papers have appeared in New Blackfriars, Catechetical Review, Angelicum, and Heythrop Journal. She has taught theology at the undergraduate and graduate levels at several Catholic universities and is now assistant professor of pastoral theology at the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology.