Theological Formation Program - Fall 2017

taught by Eric Westby, Phd


For current students in the Franciscan University of Steubenville online MA in Theology and MA in Catechetics/Evangelization programs, these monthly support meetings include fellowship, prayer, discussion and workshops.

1. Saturday, September 16, 9am to 11:45am. A morning with Dr. Scott Hahn.  Location:  Corpus Christi Parish.  More information is here.  Registration for the Theological Formation Program includes your ticket to this event (no need to register on the St. Paul Center site).

2. Saturday, October 21, 8:30am to 1pm. Includes continental breakfast and coffee, with presentations by Alan Sears, Dr. Eric Westby and Dr. Stephen Hildebrand.

3. Saturday, November 18, 8:30am to 1:30pm. Includes the Southwest Biblical Conference. Presenters include Kevin Saunders, Mary Mirrione, and Dr. James Pauley. Includes a post-conference lunch (pay on your own) with Dr. Pauley.

Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 2312 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016

The Institute Classroom is located to the west of the church, in the parish office building, south of the gift shop, towards Campbell Ave.

Phone: 602-954-9089

Eric  Westby, Phd
Eric Westby, Phd
Institute Director

Eric J. Westby, PhD is the Director of the Institute of Catholic Theology in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the Director of Parish and School Catechesis at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He is an assistant professor of Theology for Franciscan University of Steubenville. He received his doctorate from Liverpool Hope University, with his thesis entitled "Equipping the Catechist of Catechists: A Critical Discussion of Seminary Formation in Light of Priestly Ministry in Catechesis." He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, from where he was the first student to complete the graduate specialization in catechetics. He holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development, and has been involved in full-time catechesis since 1988. He is a regular presenter at the summer St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published youth ministry materials through YOU! Press and is the founder of and More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.


Saturday, September 16, 9am to 11:45am: A Morning With Dr. Scott Hahn
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Saturday, October 21, 8:30am to 1pm: Alan Sears, Dr. Eric Westby, Dr. Stephen Hildebrand
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Saturday, November 18, 8:30am to 12:30pm (SW Biblical Conference). Bishops James S. Wall, Kevin Saunders, Mary Mirrione, and Dr. James Pauley
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