Schedule and Tuition

Academic Schedule for the Josephinum Diaconate Institute Distance Learning Program


Spring 2018

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Academic Year

 2017-18 2017-18 2018-19

Class Start

Jan 15  May 14 Sept 10

Last day to Drop

Feb 5   June 4 Sept 28

Classes End

April 20  Aug 3  Dec 7

Holiday Break

 Mar 26-April 6 Holy Week and Easter Week


Novl 19-23

Final Exam/Paper

April 23-27  Aug 6-10  Dec 10-14

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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 Tuition

2017-18 Cost
per Credit Hour 

2018-19 Cost 
per Credit Hour

Single Course



Multiple courses in a semester for an individual student or  multiple students in a diocesan program.



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.   

Spring 2017-2018 COURSES
 - Classes: January 15th to April 20th - Final Exams: April 23-27. 

The Spring 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 Spring Semester





Fundamental Theology

Deacon David A. Lopez, Ph.D.



Deacon Michael Ross, Ph.D.


Philosophy for Understanding Theology

Deacon Scott Carson, Ph.D.


Catholic Social Teaching Deacon Matthew Dulka, JD, MDiv


Overview of the Catechism Deacon Jim Dougherty, Ph.D.


Implementing the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults Deacon Frank Iannarino, MA


Best Practices in Parish Administration Deacon Ken Barrett, J.D.


Introduction to Grief Counseling Deanna Chvatal

 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.





BI611DE Synoptic Gospels/Acts Las Cruces Deacon Michael Markham
HS501DE Church History Las Cruces Eric Graff, Ph.D.
PA502DE Homiletics I (Celebrations of the Liturgical Year Harrisburg Deacons Ditewig and Mastellon
PA903DE Pastoral Theology Harrisburg Father Paul Schenck, Ph.D.