Veritatis Splendor Institute

What is the Veritatis Splendor Institute (VSI)

The Veritatis Splendor Institute (VSI) was founded in the Diocese of Rapid City in 2013 under the patronage of St. John Paul the Great. It is within his legacy and luminous Magisterium that we seek to ground the wholistic formation which the Institute imparts: formation that is human, spiritual, academic, and pastoral.

The goal of the Institute is the mission of the Church: “to proclaim the Gospel to all men” (Ad Gentes 1). As all are called to this mission, the VSI strives to form disciples and catechists who engage in the work of evangelization and catechesis.

To this end, the VSI is offering a Catechist Certification Program for all who are interested in sharing in this mission: DREs, youth ministers, catechists, core team members, Catholic school teachers, volunteers, liturgists, musicians, and any pastoral ministers and others who want to grow as evangelists and teachers of the Faith.

The Catechist Certification Program will provide diocesan certification for catechists: a one-year Basic Certification Program, and a two-year Master Certification Program, through instruction in the content of the Faith and formation as disciples of Christ more deeply conformed to his Most Sacred Heart. The program will include doctrinal and liturgical education, instruction in evangelistic and catechetical methodology, formation in the moral life, discipleship, spiritual life and prayer, community life and mission, Catholic worldview, and more.

The program will include courses of study and an annual retreat. We will provide formation advisors to assist in the work of the study and discipleship formation.

Graduate Credits for VS are available through the University of Sioux Falls.

Roger Shull Scholarship

This year, we are excited to announce that one registrant for the Basic Year will be eligible for the Roger Shull Scholarship, to cover the full cost of VSI tuition. Roger was a VSI student from Wall who was passionate about his Catholic faith and died unexpectedly during his Masters I year. Funds donated by his family have enabled students in need to take part in this important diocesan program. We invite you to apply today!

Basic Certification

The Basic Certification course presents an in-depth study of the four pillars of our Faith and an introduction to catechetical methodology. Delving into the fundamental mysteries of the Catholic Faith, liturgical worship and sacraments, principles and values of moral theology, the traditions of prayer and spirituality and the saints, this course will lead to the primary aim and mission of the Church: to draw all people to an intimate encounter with the living God. It will also explore concrete useful methods for evangelization and catechesis, in our families and in our communities, while offering enrichment courses on a variety of practical topics for everyday life and growth in Christ. Additionally, regular prayer, the Holy Mass, a retreat, and formation groups provide a setting and opportunity to grow in that personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Master Certification

The Master Certification course builds on the foundations of the Basic Certification Course, diving deeper into Scripture and Systematic Theology. Exploring principles of theology, philosophy, reason, Sacred Scripture, the history of the Church, God’s self-revelation and inner life and nature, the nature and mission of Christ, the nature of the Church, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the end-times. Enrichment courses delve even deeper for practical knowledge and tools for the mission of the Church. Continued Prayer & Spirituality classes, the Holy Mass, meditation, retreats, and formation groups plumb the depths of spirituality, the movements of the heart, and the discernment of spirits, going even further in the understanding and experience of the encounter and deep relationship with our Lord.

Enrichment Certification Tracks

2024-2025 Enrichment Certifications

The following enrichment certification weekends are open to the public and constitute individual certifications available this year through the Veritatis Splendor Institute. The day follows the same schedule as our regular VSI classes.

All events are held at Terra Sancta from 8:30am – 4:30pm.
Individual registrations and more information coming soon!

October 5, 2024 – UNLEASHED: Inviting, Equipping and Empowering the People in your Parish to Use Their Gifts
November 2, 2024 – IN COMMON: Why We Need Community and How to Build It
February 1, 2025: BETTER HOMES & CHILDREN: Fresh Takes on Cultivating a Lasting Catholic Culture in the Home
April 5, 2025: LOVING LIMITS: Empowering Parents and Educators with Strategies for Building Healthy Relationships and Virtuous Behavior

VSI 2024-2025 Registration

Registration Open! Registration Deadline August 15, 2024.

2024-2025 TSRC Campus

September 6 – orientation evening 6-9pm*
September 7*
October 5
November 2
December 7
January 11
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 3
May 30 – end of the year sharing of graces*
Mary 31*
* These dates are required in Rapid City for Timber Lake Hub participants

2024-2025 Enrichment Certifications

The following enrichment certification weekends are open to the public and constitute individual certifications available this year through the Veritatis Splendor Institute. The day follows the same schedule as our regular VSI classes.

All events are held at Terra Sancta from 8:30am – 4:30pm.
Individual registrations and more information coming soon!

October 5, 2024 – UNLEASHED: Inviting, Equipping and Empowering the People in your Parish to Use Their Gifts
November 2, 2024 – IN COMMON: Why We Need Community and How to Build It
February 1, 2025: BETTER HOMES & CHILDREN: Fresh Takes on Cultivating a Lasting Catholic Culture in the Home
April 5, 2025: LOVING LIMITS: Empowering Parents and Educators with Strategies for Building Healthy Relationships and Virtuous Behavior

VSI Retreats 2024-25

October 25-27, 2024
April 25-27, 2025

Cor ad Cor Small Groups

The Cor ad Cor Spirituality Year is a weekly small group gathering of all men or all women to learn more about the spiritual life, to grow in relationship and conversation with the Lord, and to share faith and the work of the Lord with others.

Essentially, Cor ad Cor is a retreat, which begins with the Oremus program from Ascension Press (8 weeks), and then moves into the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola according to the 19th annotation (additional 22 weeks). Small groups of about six people meet weekly with a trained leader for these 30 weeks.