Our Partner for Basic Catechetical Formation

CDU is partnering with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to provide high quality online certificates and courses in adult faith formation. The online option from CDU allows the Archdiocese to provide solid formation and certification delivered in a convenient, flexible, and adult-friendly format. This partnership also permits members of the Indianapolis Archdiocese to experience CDU noncredit seminars and noncredit Catechism courses at a discounted tuition rate of $75 per seminar or course. Members are also invited to obtain any of CDU’s noncredit certificates. The required courses and seminars offer a systematic approach to grow in knowledge of the Catholic faith. Click below to learn more about the various noncredit certificates. As a subsidy partner you can take the required seminars and courses for a discounted tuition rate.


Courses for academic credit now open for registration.

Basic Catechetical Formation

The following courses have been approved by the Archdiocese for Basic Catechetical Formation. All of these courses are in the independent study format.

Course Number

Course Title



Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church



The Profession of Faith



The Celebration of Christian Mystery



Life in Christ



Christian Prayer



Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, Mother of the Church



Basic Catechetics for Discipleship, Part I


7-Week Course: Foundations of Catholic Belief

2022: June 13; August 29; October 10

2023: January 9; February 20; April 17


It explores the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic Church professed in the Creed and presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. What is faith, and why does it matter? Why did God create the world?

The course is accessible to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike, while also addressing contemporary misunderstandings about the Catholic faith.

Compare the previous course and the new Foundations of Catholic Belief course

Take a peek at sample videos:

Jesus: Son of Mary and Scriptural Meditation: Wisdom 11:22 - 12:1

Ministry Specific Essentials

Any of CDU’s online seminars may be used for individuals looking for noncredit formation in specific diocesan and parish ministries. Visit the Online Seminar page to learn more.

Adult Faith Formation

Faith formation is a lifelong journey. Just as we are required to stay current in our professional lives, the Church calls us to continue growing in knowledge of our faith. CDU’s noncredit courses and seminars offer adults carefully designed curriculum of doctrinal, moral, and spiritual formation that combines high quality, faithful teachings in a convenient distance learning format. Visit the Adult Faith Formation page to learn more.

Continuing Education Courses

Please go to this link to see the many courses available:  https://cdu.catalog.instructure.com/

We recommend courses in these area of study:

  • Sacred Scripture courses
  • Catechism courses
  • Church History courses
  • Spirituality courses
  • Courses in teaching or catechetics
  • Vatican II courses

The promo code for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is CDU16INDIANAPOL.

Click here to find out how to register for a course or seminar.


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