St. Therese School of Faith and Mission is a 9-month Catholic post-secondary school of faith formation. Our goal is to engage the student in a personal encounter with the person of Christ, following in the footsteps traced for us by St. Thérèse of Lisieux, so that the student may in turn draw all whom they meet into a similar encounter with the person of Christ.
The program at St. Therese includes daily prayer and sacraments, community living, and a curriculum that consists of classes such as theology, church history, philosophy, scripture, etc. All of these are lived out in a spirituality of humility, surrender, and trust in the Lord through St. Thérèse’s “Little Way of Holiness”. Everything that we do at St. Therese Institute is oriented towards growing in personal holiness. St. Thérèse teaches that “God does not look at the greatness of our actions, but rather at the love in which we put into them.” St. Therese Institute is a school of love and personal faith formation, where the students learn to do all things with great love for God. Our goal is that upon completion of a year at St. Therese, no matter where our students go or what they do they are equipped to sanctify not only their own personal lives, but also the world around them through the Little Way of Holiness of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding St. Therese Institute's School of Faith and Mission and the Nine-Month Faith Formation Program.
1. Program Overview
To find out more detailed information about St.T's Faith Formation Program, please download & view the FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM OVERVIEW (2.3mb PDF, revised June 2017)
The purpose of the faith formation program at St. Therese School of Faith and Mission is simply to engage the student in a personal encounter with the person of Jesus Christ, within an environment of prayer and community, following in the footsteps traced for us by our patroness, St. Thérèse. In this sacred space, students will experience the saving power of Jesus Christ, the fulness of life in the Holy Spirit, and the Good News of the Father’s merciful love. Students may in turn, by their lived example of the faith, quietly draw all whom they meet into a similar encounter with the person of Christ, thereby becoming, each one, a “light unto the world.”
3. Our Patroness: St. Thérèse of Lisieux
As a model for this spirituality taught and lived at St. Therese School of Faith and Mission, we follow the example of our patroness, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and her path of "spiritual childhood" as expressed in her "little way", and also the complementary "spirituality of Nazareth" taught by Catherine Doherty, Servant of God. Thus the spiritual life embraced by St. Therese School of Faith and Mission has a character that is distinctly Eucharistic, Marian, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Magisterium of His Church, open to the movement of the Holy Spirit, and ordered first to personal sanctity and then to the sanctification of the world.
The School of Faith and Mission accomplishes the work of its mission by proposing and living a spirituality of humility, surrender and trust in the Lord, lived out in the faithful attention to our daily duties, often humble and apparently unimportant, but in which we discover the will of God for each of us. This life at St. Therese is lived in a context of basic Christian community within which students learn right ordered relationship with God and with neighbor, while developing a habit of personal and liturgical prayer, intellectual development, faith formation, discernment, and an understanding of the calling and role of the lay person in the Catholic Church as defined by the Gospel, the documents of the Second Vatican Council and the subsequent teachings of the Popes, particularly Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XV, and Francis.
5. Engaging the World
St. Therese School of Faith and Mission is a school for experiencing God's love. It is a school teaching us to live a life with Love. No matter what our students do upon completing St. Therese, what is of paramount importance is that the students leave here experiencing and living in the amazing and profound love of the Father. St. Therese Institute strives to lead the student into a profound encounter with the living Christ, so as to prepare them to engage the world, like the Blessed Virgin Mary, with a posture of docility and openness, eager to serve Christ wherever and however He may call.
"The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends. Whether something is proposed for belief, for hope or for action, the love of our Lord must always be made accessible, so that everyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love." Catechism of the Catholic Church, #25
6. Trimesters & Courses
The core courses studied in the 9-month Catholic Studies for the Lay Apostolate are divided between three trimesters.
Trimestered classes cover the first and second trimester. The teachings of the third trimester are delivered conference-style (see Springtime of the Faith conference series). In addition, the students take in several other conferences and retreats that are offered by St. Therese Institute and its Healing & Growth Centre.
For detailed information, please visit The Core Courses – Catholic Studies for the Lay Apostolate (web page) or download the Faith Formation Program Overview (pdf; 0.62mb)
Alumni are eligible to apply transfer credits towards attending classes at the following post-secondary institutions:
- St. Stephen's University (St. Stephen, NB)
- Redeemer Pacific College (Trinity Western University, Langley, BC)
- St. Philip Seminary (Toronto, ON)
- Holy Apostles College and Seminary (Cromwell, CT, USA and online)
For more information, please contact us.
We are pursuing transfer credit arrangements with other institutions.
There is no cost to apply, so please feel free to look at or fill out the application form as a part of your discerning attending St. Therese's Nine-Month Faith Formation Program.
The current pricing for the first year program is $10,900 CAD (this includes tuition, dorm accommodations, meals, and all student-attended retreats and conferences throughout the year).
Please allow for an additional $500-600 for course material / text books. You are welcome to purchase or bring your own copy of the required books. Please confirm with our Admissions Team or the booklist (provided with your student acceptance package) that you are buying/bringing the proper edition.
There are also a few events throughout the year in Saskatoon (eg. CCO Winter Formal, Face to Face 'United Conference', etc) that students may optionally attend. The cost of such events will be covered by the students themselves.
9. How do I Apply
To begin the application process, just fill in the Faith Formation Program Application Form. You can expect to be contacted by somebody on our admissions team shortly after applying! Oh... and there is no application fee: So, what are you waiting for :)
The core courses studied in the 9-month Catholic Studies for the Lay Apostolate are divided between three trimesters. Structurally, after the initial orientation and foundational classes (September), most courses span both first and second trimesters and are offered in 2-hour blocks, either once or twice each week. The third trimester is different in its structure as courses are offered as week-long conferences as part of the Springtime of the Faith series: a few of the seven topics and presenters are Theology of the Body with renowned speaker & author Christopher West, Eastern-tradition Icon Writing with Fr. Ivan Nahachewsky, Ignatian Discernment, and Theology of Evangelization, and more.
The St. Therese program is extraordinary! All STS students — as a part of their formation — have the opportunity of participating in the various conferences and programs offered at STI: our annual Advent Conference and Lenten Conference, the Theology of the Body conference, as well as the "Keys for Growth in the Spiritual Life" and the Springtime of the Faith conferences: 10 additional week-long courses/conferences, plus 2-4 additional lectures from visiting presenters (approximately a $4,600 value).