Community, support, classes and workshops
in the main areas of Catholic Theology and Scripture
to help each of us respond to Christ’s call
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19)
The Center for Evangelization and Catechesis is just the sort of effort of renewal that is needed at the grass-roots level! -- Dr. Christopher Blum, Augustine Institute
GREAT NEWS! Registration is open for Spring 2022 Classes!Learn More
A special THANK YOU to everyone who responded to our recent survey!CEC is pleased to announce new courses! Check out our offerings below
(5 weeks - Instructor: Margie McCarthy) 6.5 people leave the Catholic Church for every one who joins, and 50% of young people who were raised Catholic no longer practice the faith. We are hemorrhaging young people. The passive wait-and-see approach is no longer an option. We need a different strategy; a game plan to bring them home Offered in-person Tue evenings 6:30-8:00 starting April 5th at St Peter Catholic Church Parish Ministry CenterREGISTER
(6 weeks - Instructor: Tom Ryan) This class has been signficantly updated since it was offered Summer 2021 based on new evidence and new discussions with exorcists engaged on the front line.After decades of focusing on this world, we need to open our eyes to the reality of the spiritual realm; and doing so, we need to have a plan for stepping up to the war that is already breaking around us on all sides. We can no longer bury our heads in the sand.We need both a boot camp to get ourselves into shape and ongoing training strategies to be employed in our everyday lives so we can engage alongside St Michael and the heavenly hosts to reclaim the heritage won for us through Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. Offered online via Zoom Thur evenings 6:30-8:00 starting Mar 3rd (to correspond with Lent)REGISTER
(10 weeks - Instructor: Sue Athey) CCC Part 4 - Prayer as God's Gift; Prayer as Our Response to God; Prayer as Covenant; Prayer as Communion; the Three Ages of the Interior Life; Developing a Life of Prayer Offered online via Zoom Thur evenings 6:30-8:30 starting Feb 24thREGISTER
(5 weeks - Instructors: Phil and Connie Pratt) This Lent, explore the biblical theology of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. In three weekly classes, we will study: The First Condemnation (Combat in the Garden, Betrayal and Arrest, Trial in the Temple); The Second Condemnation (Trial in the Praetorium, Trial in Herod's Palace, The Flagellation); and The Execution (Via Crucis, Crucifixion, Christ's Final Words, Death and Resurrection). In the fourth class, we will watch the movie in its entirety.In the fifth class, we will study the Shroud of Turin - the mysterious cloth that many believe to be the burial cloth of Christ. After detailing the problems with Carbon-14 data which supposely disproved the Shroud's authenticity, we will look at extensive evidence from history, tradition, iconography, textile study, botany, and metallurgy. We will explore findings from the 1978 international study and look at forensic evidence that the Man on the Shroud was crucified. We will end with a meditation on the Passion through the Shroud. Offered in-person Wed evenings 6:30-8:00 at Holy Trinity Hope House starting Mar 9thREGISTER
CEC's Catechetical Courses have passed diocesan review! Students who successfully complete all four Catechetical Courses will receive special recognition in a personalized letter issued by the Diocese of Colorado Springs Congratulations to our Catechetical instructors for their hard work in bringing together an outstanding Catechetical Formation progam
Welcome to the CEC, promoting Catholic adult faith formation across the Diocese of Colorado Springs. We hope you will journey with us as we work together to live our faith more fully and serve more effectively in the various ways God calls us to serve.
CEC courses are highly interactive, designed to engage you in your faith. CEC programs are not video-based nor do we leverage distance-education models. Rather, we believe that live instruction and person-to-person interaction holds a privileged place of blessings for evangelization and catechesis. All courses focus on deepening our understanding of God acting in and influencing every facet of our lives from our participation in Mass and the Sacraments to our prayer life and how we go about our daily activities.All instruction will be in strict fidelity to magisterial teachings and our Bishop’s diocesan plan.
CEC instructors are fully qualified including several clergy and lay individuals with advanced degrees from the Augustine Institute or other accredited institution. CEC employs a team-facilitation strategy. At this time, CEC has two teams:
More than just live classroom interaction, CEC seeks to build a community of people on fire for their faith, working with others to fulfill the call of Vatican II for a New Evangelization. When possible, classes are scheduled to enable people participating in different programs to interact during common break-times. CEC also hosts evening events, dinners, and workshops encouraging all our fellow journeyers to get to know each other beyond the classroom.
The Center for Evangelization and Catechesis is just the sort of effort of renewal that is needed at the grass-roots level throughout the country: practically minded, warm-hearted, and energized by a great deal of charity. Long may its work prosper! -- Dr. Christopher Blum, Augustine Institute
Keep the Fire Going came at the right tim in my life. I was able to meet new people and share our faith journey through the Scriptures, group discussions, and powerful talks. -- Debbie Rocco
The Christian Prayer class was wonderful! I learned so much and am so glad that I took the course. My instructor, Margit McCarthy, brought so much energy and excitement to the subject and was so committed to her students' learning. I will definitely be taking more courses. -- Margaret A Kinney
CEC’s goal is to help adult Catholics in the Diocese of Colorado Springs to
toward our ultimate mission of building a strong Catholic community willing to face the increasing secularization of our society by answering the Church's call to the New Evangelization.