Schedule and Cost

Academic Schedule for the Josephinum Diaconate Institute Distance Learning Program


Summer 2017

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

Academic Year

2016-17 2017-18  2017-18 2017-18

Class Start

May 15 Sept 11 Jan 15  May 14

Last day to Drop

June 5 Oct 2 Feb 5   June 4

Classes End

Aug 4 Dec 8 April 20  Aug 3 

Holiday Break

None  Nov 20-26 Thanksgiving

 Mar 26-April 6 Holy Week and Easter Week


Final Exam/Paper

Aug 7-11 Dec 11-15 April 23-27  Aug 6-10 

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 Course Format Continuing Formation and Candidacy Courses
Duration  12 weeks of classes
+ a final exam/paper week
6 weeks of classes
+ 1 final exam/paper week
Credit Hours 2 Credits 1 Credit


JDI Class Pricing

Cost per Credit Hour 

Single Course price


Multiple students / courses  in a semester for an individual student or for a diocese with a letter of intent.


Signed Diocesan Commitment of 20 or more students+courses per academic year


Signed Diocesan Commitment of 40 or more students+courses per academic year



Note:   Wives of Deacon or Deacon Candidates may participate in the classes their husband takes at no cost.  They will be registered as "audit" students and will not receive a certificate or graduate credits.  To enroll, please click the ADD WIFE button in the student profile page.  If a wife would like a certificate or graduate credit, they must enroll as a regular student and pay the associated fees.  To enroll a wife as a regular student, use the New Student button on the home page rather than the add wife button in the student profile 

Payment for courses is due two weeks before the start of class and access to course materials will be suspended if payment is not made by the end of the third week of classes.   


Fall 2017-2018 COURSES
 - Classes: September 11th to December 8th - Final Exams: December 11-15. 

The Fall courses for the Josephinum Diaconate Institute at the Pontifical College Josephinum are listed below.  
Click on the course number to see the course description in the online catalog.

Twelve Week Candidacy and Continuing Formation Courses for the Fall Semester




BI611DE Synoptic Gospels Chris Seeman, Ph.D.
BI801DE The Gospel of John Rev. Jake Runyon
CL612DE Canon Law Deacon William Dunn
DO502DE The Trinity Deacon John Fulton, Ph.D.
DO841DE Philosophy for Understanding Theology Deacon Scott Carson, Ph.D.
PA868DE Pastoral Counseling Deacon Bob McCormick, MA
PA822DE Marriage Practicum - Marriage Prep thru Wedding Deacon Michael Markham, Ed.D.

 More to come.  Please send your suggestions to:  Deacon Ben LoCasto, Director of Online Learning and Distance Education 


Courses requested for specific dioceses.  Only students from these dioceses may enroll as the classes are at maximum.





DO701DE Ecclesiology Burlington and Las Cruces Deacon Bill Ditewig, PhD
DO725DE Sacramental Theology Harrisburg Dr. Richard Bulzacchelli, STD
PA502DE Homiletics I Harrisburg Deacons Ditewig and Mastellon
SP611DE Spirituality Las Cruces Deacon Eddie Ensley, PhD