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Registration open for two new institutes available through the CIC

Find out what's coming up at ​the Catholic Information Center (CIC) - see several featured programs below. For a complete listing of programs, classes and events, visit or click on the brochure image to the right.  

About the Institutes:

Young Adult Leadership Institute - begins April 26 with orientation

For young adults between the ages of 21 and 35 who are looking for meaningful opportunities to live out their faith and values at work, with their family and friends, and in the world.
Schedule: A series of seminars, events, and two retreats taking place between April 26 and September 15, 2018.
Cost: $400, includes all sessions and two retreats. Scholarships available.
Registration: To learn more or apply online visit Application deadline is April 11, 2018. 
Questions? Contact Irene Strom, 616-459-7267, ext. 1801

Biblical Training Institute for Michigan Catholics - begins April 14

Format: A one-year program consisting of four Saturday conferences held at the Catholic Information Center, meeting from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cost: $240 for the year, or $75 per conference

Required Text: The Catholic Study Bible (NABRE 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press) - Please bring a copy to the first session.

Certification: Biblical Formation Certificate will be given upon completion of the four sessions and Diocesan Certification hours (5 hrs per conference attended) will be given to participants.
CFDs=Theology for Biblical sessions, Evangelization for Leadership skills sessions.

Registration: Pastoral Staff recommendation required. Deadline April, 4, 2018.  

To learn more or register online using a credit card, visit

Additional programs:

Divorce Support Group

Wednesdays, February 14-April 18, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
facilitated by Jim Kline 
Cost $15
A ten-week series offered for all who are divorced or are in the process of becoming divorced.  Led by those who have gone through the process themselves, these support groups provide a pathway to personal growth.  The book, Divorce and Beyond, will be used as a guide and is included in the series cost of $15.

The Jewish Roots of the Mass 

Wednesday, March 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Father Bill Edens, CSP
As Holy Thursday approaches Father Bill will examine the roots of the Mass in the Exodus and the Jewish Passover.  What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus? What was Jesus’ purpose for instituting the Eucharist during the feast of Passover? What did Jesus mean when he said “this is my body….this is my blood”?  Come away from this class with a deeper understanding of the Eucharist, the prayers of the Mass, and the memorial meal in which we share in the Passion of Jesus Christ. 
CFD: Theology  ($10 donation requested)
This program will be live streamed at