Responding to the Call

During the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, Saint Pope John Paul II called Catholics to a New Evangelization, to renew our commitment to Christ, so that we might live our faith fearlessly and proclaim it to all people. He chose Denver, Colorado to instill confidence among Catholics worldwide that modern society, with all its sophistication and technical know-how, still hungers for Christ!

In 2005, as a response to this call, Catholic scholars established in Denver a graduate school dedicated to transforming Catholic education for the New Evangelization. Since then, the Augustine Institute has become the fastest growing Catholic graduate school in the United States, training our students to proclaim the Gospel with “new ardor, method and expression,” as Saint Pope John Paul II insisted. What began as a graduate school has quickly expanded into a multi-faceted Institute providing strategic disciple-based parish programming and leadership formation to dioceses and parishes across America.

History Highlights

Timeline

1993

Pope John Paul II gestures to the crowd at New York's Shea Stadium on Oct. 3, 1979. Revered for his connection with young Catholics as much as his role in hastening the downfall of Soviet communism, his step toward sainthood will be eagerly watched in homes, churches and some of the 30 or so Catholic schools named for him in the U.S. Hanging over the celebration for some is the shadow of the church's sex abuse scandals and concern that the process have moved too quickly.
  • World Youth Day (8/10 – 8/15)

2004

  • Augustine Institute Founded (8/2)

2005

  • Augustine Institute Opening Convocation & Holy Mass (8/22)
  • Augustine Institute Opening Classes (8/23)

2007

  • First Augustine Institute Graduating Class (5/19)

2008

  • 2008 Graduating Class (5/17)
  • Distance Education Program Launched (8/9)

2009

  • 2009 Graduating Class (5/23)

2010

  • 2010 Graduating Class (5/15)
  • Parish Programs Launched with YDisciple (10/1)

2011

  • 2011 Graduating Class (5/14)
  • YDisciple Bible Studies Released (6/15)
  • YDisciple Follow Me Studies Launched (8/11)
  • First Nova et Vetera Conference in Denver (11/12)

2012

  • First Annual Prayer Breakfast (2/21)
  • 2012 Graduating Class (5/19)
  • New Campus in Denver Tech Center (7/1)
  • Tolle Lege Café Opens (8/12)
  • Opening the Word for Sunday Readings Release (8/12)

2013

  • Second Annual Prayer Breakfast (2/12)
  • Symbolon RCIA/AFF Curriculum Released (3/15)
  • inFORMED Leadership Training Launched (4/24)
  • 2013 Graduating Class (5/11)

2014

  • Augustine Institute/Ignatius Press/ Lighthouse Partnership Launched (1/1)
  • Third Annual Prayer Breakfast (3/4)
  • 2014 Graduating Class (4/14)
  • YDisciple True Strength/True Beauty Released (7/13)
  • Symbolon, Part 2 Released (8/16)
  • Orange County, CA Campus Opened (10/8)
  • Lectio: Unveiling Scripture and Tradition Released – Peter (11/15)

2015

  • Fourth Annual Prayer Breakfast (2/17)
  • Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage Released (2/15)
  • 2015 Graduating Class (5/9)
  • Spanish Symbolon Released (5/18)
  • Lectio: Eucharist Released (7/15)
  • FORMED.org Launched (7/28)