Study Groups

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  • Anima begins Nov 28, 9:45-11:45am, Serra Room, register here.
  • Lectio: Evangelization* begins January 16, 9:45-11:45am, Serra Room, register here.


  • Praying Advent*, begins November 29, 6-7:30pm, Assisi Room, register here.


  • Anima, begins December 1, 7:30-9:30am, Room 5, register here.
  • Lectio: Evangelization begins Jan 12, 7:30-9:30am, Room 5, register here.

*Limited childcare available. Child registration required one week prior to start of study.



Special Sessions

Natural Family Planning

Click here to search and register for class times.

Contact: Kerry & Renee McGuire, rjlmcguire@gmail.com or (515) 278-1623.


Online Studies

FORMED - The Catholic Faith on demand
Formed.org - Digital faith formation on demand for all ages. Catholic videos, audio books, e-books and study programs. To access, go to Formed.org, and create an account using our St. Francis of Assisi parish code: JGXN3K.

Ascension - Groups of two or more can start a Bible study or faith formation program anywhere, anytime. Click here for program titles and to get started.

10 Gifts of the Catholic Faith - Video-based sessions available online. From the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Click here to view and print discussion materials. 

Elements of the Mass - Video episodes to help you know and love the liturgy more. From Liturgicalinstitute.org. Click here to view videos and subscribe. 


Faith Journey logo Faith Journey -- The Catechetical Institute 

The mission of Faith Journey -- The Catechetical Institute, sponsored by the Diocese of Des Moines, is to further students' spiritual formation and deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith. The heart of the curriculum is based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and provides a systematic presentation of the Catholic faith. Click here to view a video featuring people who have previously participated in this program.

Information and registration for Faith Journey -- The Catechetical Institute, a formal two-year program for adults, is available at this link. For more information, contact John Huynh at jhuynh@dmdiocese.org or (515) 237-5006.


Certificate Program in Pastoral Ministry

Creighton University and the St. Joseph Educational Center offer the Certificate Program in Pastoral Ministry. The program is designed for persons who desire to:

  • Take the next step in their formation as catechists, teachers or leaders in their church or school communities after initial formation through The Rich Soil or Faith Journey programs
  • Prepare for ministry in a diocesan, parish or school setting
  • Work toward a bachelor’s degree in theology through Creighton University
  • Prepare for graduate studies in ministry, spirituality, or theology
  • Engage in theological or spiritual renewal

For more information, visit visit http://sjeciowa.org/creighton-certificate-program/