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Practical Catholic Faith Formation

In the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO

Build confidence and get more from your relationship with God through teaching geared toward Christian living. Discover God's plan for your life and draw closer to him through prayer that works. Develop the skills you need to share God's truth and carry out your mission in the world.

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Introducing an all-new theme for our 2015-2016 courses


Same great, comprehensive curriculum.
New course format and structure focused on connecting Catholic faith to life.

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6 Reasons to choose Helmsing Institute faith formation courses

Rooted in Catholic Tradition

Our primary texts for most courses are the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the two basic sources of inspiration for all Catholic teaching. You can be certain—with Helmsing Institute faith formation courses you’re learning what the Church authentically lives and teaches.

Qualified Instructors

Our instructors have Master’s Degrees, or higher, in Catholic theology from reputable universities so you're always getting good information. Need further clarification? Video presenters don’t respond to questions but live instructors do. Get expert answers to your questions from the presenter himself.

Aimed at life application

Wondering how Catholic teaching applies to your life? You won't have to wonder anymore! Rather than deal in abstract theology, our courses explore the practical ways Catholicism leads to a richer life. Through prayer techniques and spiritual practices, you'll grow closer to God and discover your true calling.

Interactive format

Do you find long lectures boring? So do we! Helmsing Institute courses are designed the way adults learn best. Personal interaction with the instructor and your fellow students is built into every course so you’ll have time to further discuss the topic and more fully understand it.

Convenient Locations

Courses are offered at parishes throughout the diocese so you won’t have to travel far to find one. We offer multi-week, single night, and weekend courses. We also offer one-day retreats and mornings of reflection. Regardless of the demands on your time, Helmsing Institute courses will meet your needs.

Flexible Study

Choose an individual course that interests you, take a year to understand the inner unity of the Bible or explore connected themes within the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or embark on a 3-year journey toward certification that will equip you with a holistic view of how the Catholic Faith fits together.

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Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., 7th Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph

Bishop James Johnston: New Bishop for Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO

(Kansas City, MO)  The Holy See Press Office this morning reported Pope Francis has appointed Springfield – Cape Girardeau Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. as 7th Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph. Bishop Johnston was Consecrated as Bishop for the Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau on March 31, 2008. He will continue as Administrator […]


Communion and Personal Intimacy

“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” These are the famous words quipped to Scarlet, by the character Rhett Butler in the 1939 film adaptation of Gone with the Wind. Perhaps beginning […]


A Few Small Things In His Hands

I don’t know if you have ever had something happen to you that was extremely surprising or awe-inspiring, but web marketers tell us that some of the most shared video content on the internet encompasses these two emotions. The most celebrated case is the appearance of 47 year old Scottish singer, Susan Boyles on the […]

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We are an apostolate of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO