John XXIII Theological Institute


The American Catholic Church in the United States



"Divine Spirit, renew your wonders in this our age as in a new Pentecost, and grant that your Church, praying perseveringly and insistently with one heart and mind together with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and guided by blessed Peter,

may increase the reign of the Divine Savior, the reign of truth and justice,

the reign of love and peace. Amen."

St. John XXIII

This prayer of Pope John XXIII used in convoking the Second Vatican Council gives a prophetic vision of the new Pentecost in the Church, expressing it in capsule form. It serves as a vision for what the Church could be in its mission to help bring forward God’s Reign.  


What is the John XXIII Theological Institute?

 The John XXIII Theological Institute provides a series of programs that are intended to form “ministers with heart,” that is those men and women possessing personal and spiritual maturity, as well as the intellectual ability to proclaim the Gospel with integrity and effectiveness. The Institute is not designed to be a preparation program for secular academia. However, it is designed for, and quite capable of providing an in-depth preparation for all forms of ministry within the Church, especially for those who are called to service as deacons, priests or religious. In the end, those who complete their formation and studies at the John XXIII Theological Institute will be fully capable of articulating the beliefs and practices of The American Catholic Church in the United States while serving all of God’s People.



 The Institute currently operates as an applicant for licensure under the authority of the Arizona Higher Education Commission. The John XXIII Theological Institute is pursuing a license by the State of Arizona as a religious institution that is authorized to confer religious and theological degrees only. Currently, we are applying for accreditation from various accreditation institutes that specialize in religious or theological education, with a particular focus upon distance learning. The Institute has elected not to seek secular accreditation (e.g., regional) since they are not capable of properly certifying theological schools.



 Ordinarily, all admissions to the Theological Institute will be based on the acceptance of the candidate into preparation for Holy Orders or Religious Life within The American Catholic Church in the United States.

 However, the Institute does accept students from other Independent Catholic churches who are preparing for ordained ministry. During the course of their training they will be expected to meet with their Ordinary at their offices, so as to develop the unique relationship between Bishop and the Deacon or Presbyter.

 For those students who seek admission for their own theological or spiritual pursuits, without a current interest in pursuing Holy Orders or Religious Life, they must work with a faculty member designated by the school to provide academic and spiritual guidance during their course of studies.



 Often this is the most frightening part of any school catalogue…How much will it cost?

 Like any school, we do have expenses. However, we try to minimize the costs to the student by digitizing materials where possible.

 The Administration and the Faculty are not paid salaries or benefits. In addition, since it is predominantly a cyber-campus, there is no property costs involved in the operation of any of our programs of study. All of the faculty members have outside professional careers, and they donate their time, resources, and occasionally their funds to help support programs of the school.

 The Institute is committed to providing a sound religious and theological education to our students with a minimum impact on them financially.


Distance Learning

 The format for education at the John XXIII Theological Institute is predominantly distance learning.

 Distance learning recreates the traditional classroom through the contemporary portal of technology. Each student is required to have access to a computer, the internet, and to have a web cam for live class audio/visual sessions with their instructors. Whenever possible direct meetings with students and their instructors are encouraged, and in some courses (e.g., Mass Practicum) it is necessary. However, it is supported by traditional learning tools such as textbooks, video lessons, workbooks,

and other printed material.

The John XXIII Theological Institute actively uses WiZiQ ( as a platform for providing distance learning opportunities for students that cannot schedule face to face meetings with their instructors. There is no cost to the faculty or student in using the WiZiQ system.


Academic Program?

 The school now offers a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), and the Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), and Doctorate in Canon Law (J.C.D.)—although these terminal degrees are awarded to the candidate by the President/Archbishop alone, they are not honoris causa, but truly earned doctorates.


Course Catalogue of the John XXIII Institute in .pdf Format


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