CEI Young Adult Courses


What are CEI courses? The Catholic Education Institute (CIE) courses are online instructional classes offered to anyone who seeks a proper formation in the Catholic faith. It is set up like a college program in that each course is leveled, beginning with the basics on the 101 level. As you progress through the program, the content gets deeper and requires more thought and action.

Who are the CEI courses for? As stated above, it is for anyone who wants to grow in understanding their Catholic faith.  However, this site is especially for those who are in RCIA programs, those who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation or those who have already been confirmed but still don’t quite understand their faith.

How much does it cost? Nothing. This is a free formation. You need not pay a penny. The only thing you’ll want to purchase a copy of the YOUCAT which costs anywhere from $15-$20.

What do I need to do? The program is built to work around your schedule.. It only takes about an hour or two to complete each lesson and the majority of the work is not at all burdensome. The courses were designed to help foster a higher academic approach to understanding the Catholic faith.

Pray: Each lesson begins with a short prayer asking the holy Spirit’s guidance in our hearts and minds. We can’t do much of anything without the Spirit, so we thought it was a good idea to involve Him as we start.


Read: A short story is then read. Each story explains a situation that our writers have experienced in real life. They are a way for you to get to know us and to start talking about the things that really matter in life.


Reflect/Discuss: If you are taking this course individually, the reflection questions are meant to focus your soul on the ideas at hand. The story, the lesson, the entire experience is meant to allow you to connect your faith to the real world. If your catechist is using the courses in a large class setting, these reflections questions were designed to spark conversations about the faith.


Watch: We’ve searched the Internet to find the best YouTube videos on the themes you are working to understand. If we can’t find one, we make one!


YOUCAT: The YOUCAT is the only book you’ll need to for the CEI formation program. It costs around $15 and contains just about everything you need to know about the Catholic faith in an easy to read format. In this section, you will read through small portions of the YOUCAT and gather information to help you understand the teachings of Mother Church.


Journal: Writing has a strange effect on our souls. When we write things down, they become permanent and more meaningful. It is highly recommended that the final journal prompt be completed by the learner and, most importantly, that they receive feedback from their teacher, spiritual director or sponsor. 

Check out our courses:

Level 1

  1. Does God Exist?
  2. Why Did God Create You?
  3. Was Jesus Really God? 
  4. Why are Mary and the Saints so Important?
  5. Are Non-Catholics saved?
  6. Why Confirmation?
  7. Why is the Eucharist So Important?
  8. Why Do Christians Get Baptized?
  9. Final Reflections

Level 2

  1. What is the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?
  2. What Are My Priorities?
  3. What’s My Vocation?
  4. Why Should I Read the Bible?
  5. Why should I go to Mass?
  6. Why Does God Allow Suffering in the World?
  7. What are the Works of Mercy?
  8. What is the Culture of Death and How Do We Defeat It?
  9. Final reflections

 Level 3

  1. What Exactly Is “The Church”?
  2. Has the Catholic Church Ever Messed Up?
  3. What’s More Important, Faith or Works? 
  4. Why is Abortion and Contraception Wrong?
  5. Is War Good or Bad?
  6. What Does the Church Teach About Homosexuality?
  7. Can I Go to Another Religion’s Church?
  8. What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation and How Does it Help Me?
  9. Final Reflections

Level 4

  1. Hell
  2. Purgatory
  3. Heaven
  4. How Does One Become a Canonized Saint?
  5. How Do I Pray Correctly?
  6. How Do I Meditate?
  7. What is Contemplative Prayer?
  8. How Do I Pray the Rosary?
  9. Final Reflections 

Level 5

  1. What is The Divine Office?
  2. Is It Possible to Understand the Trinity?
  3. Can You Explain the Liturgical Calendar?
  4. What is the Beatific Vision?
  5. Is the Rapture True?
  6. What is Apologetics?
  7. What does “Ecumenism” Mean?
  8. What is Difference Between an Eastern Orthodox Catholic and a Roman Catholic?
  9. Final Reflections

Level 6

  1. Deacons, Priests, Bishops, Archbishops, & Cardinals- What’s the Difference?
  2. What is the Seminary Like?
  3. What is a Religious Order?  
  4. A Day in the Life of a Priest
  5. A Day in the Life of a Religious Sister
  6. A Day in the Life of a Consecrated Religious
  7. I’m Not Going To Be a Priest or a Nun, What Else Can I Do?
  8. What is a 3rd Order?
  9. Final Reflections 

Level 7

  1. Does Faith Conflict with Science? 
  2. Who are the Church Fathers and what have they taught us? 
  3. What is a Council?
  4. What is a dogma? 
  5. Why was Vatican II to huge?
  6. What is a Tridentine Mass and why is it important?
  7. What is the Catechism of the Catholic Church and why do I need it?
  8. What is Eucharistic Adoration?
  9. Final Reflections