St. John Vianney Seminary

Lay Division


The St. John Vianney Theological Seminary Lay Division houses our flagship programs of the Biblical and Catechetical Schools in addition to a number of Enrichment Courses that help people know, love, and share their faith. We currently serve over 2200 students in over 60 locations in the Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

The Biblical School is a four-year journey through every book of Scripture that helps people understand the narrative history of God’s saving acts through his patriarchs, prophets, and people leading up to the fullness of revelation in Jesus Christ.

The Catechetical School is a two-year journey through the Catechism of the Catholic Church that reveals the Catechism to be not a dry book of dogmas but rather a “Ladder of Ascent” which leads us to communion with God in a life of prayer.

“Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ.”

St. Jerome

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The "O Antiphons" begin today! These ancient prayers address the Lord by seven Old Testament titles of the Messiah. You may recognize them if you've been singing the verses of "O Come O Come Emmanuel." They are used as the verse of the Alleluia at Mass December 17-23, and they are the antiphons sung before and after the Canticle of Mary (Magnificat) during Evening Prayer/Vespers.

We'll be sharing the O Antiphons each day from now to December 23rd, but here's a preview of what we get at the end: if we look black at the first letter of each of the titles in Latin, beginning with the last and working back to the first, we read the words "ero cras" - I will be [there] tomorrow!

Emmanuel (God with us)
Rex (King)
Oriens (Dawn)
Clavis (Key)
Radix (Root)
Adonai (Lord)
Sapientia (Wisdom)
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News & Events

  • Our Annual “Servant of the Word” workshop is coming up soon and will be hosted on the beautiful St. John Vianney Seminary campus! Join us on Saturday, February 2, as we honor this year’s Servant of the Word, Dr. Peter Williamson! Click here for more information and to register!
  • We are scheduling new Short Courses to begin after the New Year and throughout the Lenten season. Please visit our “Short Courses” page under the “About” menu above to see what’s coming up and to watch previously recorded courses.
  • We’re looking for substitute instructors: The Biblical and Catechetical Schools are looking for qualified substitute instructors. Subs are among those first considered for future part-time or full-time positions. Interested? Contact Dr. Nicholas Lebish at

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