Catholic Sage Required Texts

The Program

Here’s how the program works:

  • We will assign you to ONE course to take during each session.
  • Each course is limited to 29 students.
  • By the end of the 7th session, you will have taken each of the courses in the program. If you have passed each course, you will receive an official certificate in Catholic Studies through the Dominican Institute, which will allow you access to all of our future course offerings at a discounted price.
  • You are welcome skip a session if desired, but doing so will result in you NOT receiving your certificate in Catholic Studies.

The Books

Below, you’ll find the required texts you need for each course. You’ll want to purchase them right now. We recommend getting used copies (or kindle versions, when available) to save money. The total cost of all of the required books will be anywhere from $100-$160 depending on if you are able to purchase used copies, kindle versions, or new copies. 

Natural Theology

All readings will be available free online or provided by the instructor.


Sullivan, Daniel J. An Introduction to Philosophy: Perennial Principles of the Classical Realist Tradition. IL: TAN Books, 1992.

Palmer, Donald. Does the Center Hold? an Introduction to Western Philosophy. 6 ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2013. NOTE – 5th Edition is acceptable, and much less expensive.


Berube, Keith. Mary, the Beloved. St Louis, MO: Enroute, 2017.

 Garrigou-Lagrange, Reginald. ​The Mother of the Saviour. Rockford, IL: TAN, 2014

Church History

The Faith of the Early Fathers, vols. 1-3, trans. William A. Jurgens. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1970-79. ISBN: 0814610250.


Meister, Chad. Building Belief. Wipf and Stock, 2009.

Siniscalchi, Glenn. Retrieving Apologetics (Pickwick Publications, 2016)

Sacred Scripture

All readings will be provided in the course stream and are 100% available online.  

Moral Theology

Aristotle. Nichomachean Ethics. Penguin Classics, 2004.


Only 200 people are accepted into the program. Space is EXTREMELY limited.

Calendar for the 2017-2018 Program Year

Here is a detailed list of the dates and times for our 2017-2018 program year.

Session 1

Aug. 14- Sept. 22

OFF Sept. 23-Oct. 1

Session 2

Oct. 2- Nov. 10

Session 3

Nov. 13- Dec. 22

OFF Dec. 23- Jan 7

Session 4

Jan. 8- Feb. 16

Session 5

Feb. 19- Mar. 27

OFF Mar. 28-Apr. 8 (Triduum begins on Mar. 28, Easter Sunday on Apr. 1)

Work from session 5 will be accepted thru Apr. 6 due to the Divine interruption of Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

Session 6

Apr. 9- May 18

OFF May 19- May 27

Session 7

May 28- July 6

Record Marking

July 7- July 15 (OFF for students)


Week of July 16-20


The Certificate

At the end of the year, you and the other members of your class will graduate with a certificate in Catholic Studies through the Dominican Institute which can be used for certification purposes within your diocese and credit for continuing education. On top of that, you’ll receive several surprises throughout the semester that I will mention once you are on the inside.