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 understanding and
 appreciation of the
 Catholic Faith


Learn more about your Catholic faith by taking an Aquinas Institute Course today!
Spring 2019 Courses are now open for registration
.Come to know the Blessed Virgin
Mary more intimately and why she is so honored by Catholics. World renowned expert
on Mary, Msgr. Arthur Calkins, will present a course (THE 391) at Our Lady of Wisdom
Catholic Student Center on Wednesdays 6-8:45 pm beginning January 16. Course can
be taken for credit or audit. Dr. Jennifer Miller will present a course (THE 491)
at John Paul the Great Academy on the ever so important topic of Gender Identity
on Thursdays 6-8:45 pm beginning January 17. Dr. Miller holds the Chair of Moral
Theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and is presently writing a book on
this theme. Come and learn about what Christian tradition has to say about what it
means to be a man or a woman in today’s confusing times. For more information on
these course offerings or to register, contact Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC
at (337) 395-6550 or visit us at

Register Now for an Aquinas Institute Course!

Spring Course: THE 391 Mariology 3 sem. hours will be taught
by Monsignor Arthur Calkins, STD on Wednesdays 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM at
501 E. St. Mary Blvd in Lafayette.Classes start January 16 and end May 8.

Spring Course: THE 491 Gender Identity 3 sem. hours by Jennifer Miller
on Thursdays 6:00 - 8:45 PM at 2315 Johnston St. Lafayette.
Classes begin Jan. 17 and end May 9

The classes can be taken for college credit (accredited through University of Holy Cross)
or for catechetical credit (audit).
For more info or to register call (337) 394-6550, email,
or go to

Registration Form to Audit a Course

Nature of the Institute

The Aquinas Institute for Theology and Catholic Studies is a center for adult education in the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, approved by Bishop Jarrell in July 2006. The Aquinas Institute provides a variety of courses in the areas of theology and Catholic studies. The Institute desires to foster among the Catholic faithful a deeper understanding of the faith and a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and the Church. The Aquinas Institute is commited to presenting fundamental themes of Catholicism in fidelity to Sacred Scriptures, Tradition, and the Church's Magisterium. In areas of theology and philosophy, the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas will be given a privileged place among the theologians and philosophers presented.

Operation and Structure

Students can take courses for college credit in which case they register for the AI courses online directly through University of Holy Cross and select the Lafayette/AI campus. Students can also take the AI courses without college credit by registering directly online at the AI website. The institute receives its funding through tuition collected from the students who are enrolled in courses of the Aquinas Institute for catechetical credit and through donations. Although the institute is not presently an undergraduate degree program, its courses receive academic college credit through the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. Overseeing the mission of the Aquinas Institute is the responsibility of the Director of the institute, Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC who is appointed by the diocesan Bishop. The Aquinas Institute is an agency of the Community of Jesus Crucified - Priest, Brother, and Sister Servants


Courses of the Aquinas Institute normally meet once a week in a three-hour session, or twice per week in two hour and half sessions. A 3-credit hour course consists of 45 contact hours per semester. In the fall and spring semesters this involves 15 weeks of classes. Summer semesters require meeting more frequently as they are shorter semesters. Appropriate breaks are given during the lectures. Instructors of the individual courses may make other arrangements, but full courses always involve a minimum of 45 contact hours of instruction for a three credit course. The curriculum offered by the Aquinas Institute includes courses in philosophy and theology with themes foundational to the Catholic faith.

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