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Serra Catechetical Institute

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Serra Catechetical Institute

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What is the Serra Catechetical Institute?

The Serra Catechetical Institute (SCI) is a 1-year formation process for parish and Catholic school catechists, parents and all adults who want to know their Catholic faith better and be able to hand it on more effectively. Participants will receive a solid introduction to the Catholic faith in 60 hours of basic catechetical formation, including:

  • Spiritual development (our own relationship with Jesus),
  • Doctrinal formation (sacraments, creed, and morality), and
  • Catechetical process and methodology (how to teach the faith).

Students who complete the program will be eligible to receive the Basic California Catechist Certificate.

When and WhereSCI Qoutes

New classes will be held at Holy Names High School, in Oakland. Check this site or request to be put on our mailing list for upcoming classes when they are available.

Attendance Policy

The attendance policy for certification allows no more than two absences. Students who are interested in certification at the completion of the course must complete and turn in the specified make up work for all classes missed.

Program Withdraw Policy

If you withdraw from the program up to sixty days after the class begins, you are eligible to receive a refund of any fees paid, minus a $150 non- reimbursable registration fee, and all associated credit card transaction fees. You also agree to return any unused books and pay for any books that you have marked on, or wish to keep.
You also agree to inform the Coordinator of the program of any difficulty in meeting the required payments, and that you will make the necessary arrangements to remedy the situation.

Payment Policy

All payments are due no later than the first day of class via check or online registration payment, unless you have received a scholarship or have made payment arrangements.
Scholarship or payment arrangements are due at the beginning of class, and final payment due no later than October 12, 2019.

For questions about the program:

Send an email to GLENDA ARAGON <>

For help with registration:

Send an email to Valentin Carrillo, or call 510-267-8370


Registration deadline:
December 21, 2018

Cost: $450. Class size is limited. Early registration recommended. $150 non-refundable registration fee is included in the total cost. SCI classes are also offered in Spanish.

If you need help registering online, please email [email protected] or call Valentin Carrillo at 510.267.8370