Course Description

Institute Director

Eric Westby, Phd

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. More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Youth Ministry 101

    • Welcome to Youth Ministry 101 and YMCentral

    • From Pope John Paul II

    • Building Your Program

    • About Building the Civilization of Love

    • Establishing an Evangelistic Ministry

    • Going Deeper Through Catechesis

    • Building the Civilization of Love - pdf version

    • About Young Apostles - A Pastoral Plan for Parish Youth Ministry

    • Young Apostles Pastoral Plan - pdf

    • Sacramental Prep and Initiation