Why do 80% of Catholic youth…
Will your son or daughter remain Catholic after high school graduation?
You remember the grace-filled moments of your child’s Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. Perhaps your family has also invested in years of Catholic private education or homeschooling. And yet I speak to thousands of Catholic parents who painfully lament that their son or daughter is no longer Catholic.
Sadly, recent surveying shows that 4 out of 5 (80%) of Catholic young people will leave behind their Catholic Faith before the age of 23.
The Statistics are Stacked against our Catholic Youth:
80% of Catholic young people will leave the Catholic Church before the age of 24:
70% of Americans who were raised Catholic are no longer “practicing Catholics”:
10% of all adults in America are ex-Catholics:
51% of young people who were raised Catholic are no longer Catholic.
Recent polling (data sample of the United States alone) reveals these four alarming facts:
1. Only 30% of Americans who were raised Catholic are still practicing (that’s a 70% failure rate).
2. 10% of all adults in America are ex-Catholics.
3. 51% of Young Catholics Leave the Catholic Church during their four years at college!
4. In the early 21st century, among Americans raised Catholic, becoming Protestant is the best guarantee of stable church attendance as an adult. In other words, Protestants are more successful at attraction and retention of Catholics than the Catholic Church is.
5. Nearly 80% of cradle Catholics are no longer Catholic by the age of 23.
What we DO want to happen:
- Your young person graduates from High School on fire for Christ and the Catholic Faith, with a firm theological and moral bedrock to face the coming challenges of life.
- Remains sexually chaste and pure by cultivating an interior life and avoiding the temptations coming his or her way.
- Remains steadfast in his/her Catholic identity by avoiding drugs, alcoholilsm and destructive friends and influences.
- Responds confidently to professors, friends, or roommates when challenged on his or her Catholic beliefs and worldview.
- Meets and marries a Catholic spouse that you love and who fits into your family.
- Catholic babies, Baptisms, First Communions, and wholesome holidays.
What we DO NOT want to happen:
- Your young person graduates from High School with a weak faith and confused or ignorant of Catholic teaching.
- Begins to explore sexually with the result of heartbreaks, STDs, pregnancy, etc.
- Gets started on life in the wrong direction through drugs, alcohol, debt, and poor friendships.
- Becomes doubtful and skeptical when his or her Catholic assumptions are challenged by professors, roommates, and friends.
- Meets and marries the wrong person or a non-Catholic that doesn’t respect your family’s Catholic identity.
- The next generation lacks faith, inner peace, and family cohesion.
The statistics are stacked against our Catholic young people:
Working together with parents, professors, and faithful Catholic college students, we have distilled the two primary reasons why teenagers and college students abandon their Catholic Faith: sexual temptation and ignorance of the Catholic philosophical tradition in the face campus secularism and atheism. Working together we have created a plan and curriculum to equip our young Catholics as they prepare for life.
of Catholic youth leave the Catholic Church before the age of 23.
CCD, Catholic schools, and homeschooling are no longer enough. Our young people need to be intellectually equipped for the new secular challenges of our era.
80% of young people leave the Catholic Church between the ages of 16 and 23.
- How your son or daughter will handle the moral decision about sex while they’re “in the moment” with their date?
- Whether your child will know what to say when a professor at college challenges their faith?
- If your child will marry a Catholic and continue your family's tradition of faith?
- How you can stress that they continue to attend Holy Mass - without them feeling like you’re nagging them?
- Whether your grandchildren will be baptized, or whether you’ll have to watch them grow up outside the sacramental life of the church?
- If your son or daughter will stay Catholic in College when faced with other belief systems?
- Your child will be exposed to different worldviews regarding sexuality, drugs, alcohol, and ethics
- Professors, Protestants, Muslims, and Atheists will also begin to challenge your child's faith in ways that they do not expect and may not have answers for
- Catholicism 101 – Mastering the Basics
Designed to foster basic knowledge of the Catholic faith, 10 Commandments, Sacraments, Creeds, etc. This will equip them to answer the objections they’ll hear to their faith.
- Catholic Philosophy & Theology – Building Your Foundation
Designed to grow an advanced knowledge of Catholic doctrine and moral theology from Sacred Scripture, the Church Fathers, Popes, and Councils, so they can silence the critics and atheists.
- Apologetics – How to Defend Your Faith
Equips your son or daughter to know the objections against Catholicism and answer them confidently and knowledgeably.
Geared toward young people and their parents as they enter college, or are already in college. It prepares your son or daughter for the ethical and doctrinal challenges that a young person faces on a contemporary college campus.
Your teenager can ask questions and get answers from Dr. Marshall, and other Catholics, as well as from their Catholic peers.
They can join member groups that relate to them by age, geography, and even college campuses so they can find like-minded friends to surround themselves with.
With lessons about liturgical seasons (eg, Advent and Lent) and friendly, helpful reminders to pray, go to confession, and attend Mass so that you don’t have to nag them.
What is the New Saint Thomas Institute (NSTI)?
The New Saint Thomas Institute is an innovative Member community over 1,000 Members for those who passionately desire to become better defenders of the Catholic Faith through study of philosophy and theology. It provides training through HD video lessons, audio lessons, notes, recommended reading, and community support. If you want to go deeper in your faith, this is the place for you!
Is the New Saint Thomas Institute for everybody?
Honestly, we’re not for everyone.
- We are an online community committed to Christ and the magisterium of the Catholic Church.
- We believe the Bible is the Word of God and we draw wisdom from the Church Fathers.
- We believe it’s our duty to believe and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ under the authority of the papacy and the living magisterium.
- We believe that Saint Thomas Aquinas is the best theological medicine for the Church in our day and we look to his readings and example for guidance.
What does your motto "Non Alligabis Os Bovis" mean?
We are glad that you asked! “Non Alligabis Os Bovis” is the Latin Vulgate version of Saint Paul’s words in 1 Cor 9:9: Non alligabis os bovis. In English it translates, “Thou shalt not muzzle an ox.”
Our patron saint Thomas Aquinas was known as the “Dumb Ox” because he was large, powerful, impressive, and quiet.
Our motto communicates our conviction: “Let Saint Thomas Aquinas speak to our age! Don’t muzzle his wisdom!”
Our NSTI podcast (Taylor answering questions for Members) called “Ox Talk Radio” is also named after Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Why should I join the New Saint Thomas Institute?
The New Saint Thomas Institute provides you four benefits:
1) You will be able to earn a Certificate of Mastery in Theology (not available to Basic Members)
2) You will grow in your faith in Christ
3) You will become better evangelist and defender of the Faith
4) You will be part of something bigger than yourself and have access to our private Member Forum
Is the New Saint Thomas Institute easy? I’m not a scholar!
Don’t worry. Dr. Taylor Marshall makes everything easy to understand and provides his notes to everyone. You can ask questions and get clarification on important questions at any time. We answer questions in the Comments, Forums, and we even dedicate a podcast to difficult questions.
Is the New Saint Thomas Institute expensive?
No. Member tuition is 98% lower than college tuition. The Institute was designed to be extremely affordable and inexpensive. We estimate our resources at $1,000 per month but our beginning tuition is only $25 per month. Everybody gets almost a full scholarship.
Does the New Saint Thomas Institute take a lot time?
No. You study at your own pace. There are no deadlines or required exams or papers.
If you want to earn the optional Certificate in Theology, it takes 12 months. If you desire to earn the Certificate in Theology, we recommend that you get the Premium or Gold Membership and that you opt for the yearly tuition package. By doing so you get 2 months free. This gives you the most value for the least amount of tuition.
Is There A Long-Term Commitment?
No. This is a monthly tuition rate that works like a monthly membership or subscription. On a monthly membership, you can cancel your membership at any time. We also offer a full twenty-one day full money back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.
Is This A One-Time Fee Or Monthly Tuition?
This is a monthly tuition rate that works like a membership or subscription. However, you can save a considerable amount of money on your tuition rate if you pay tuition yearly rather than monthly.
In the tuition comparison chart at newsaintthomas.com, you can see that there is a monthly Membership option and a yearly Membership option for the levels. Currently we give you two whole months FREE for choosing the yearly Membership.
How does billing work for tuition? What if I forget? Will I lose my Membership?
For our Member’s convenience all payments are automatic. If your credit card fails (lack of funds, card expired, or changed billing address), you will receive an automatically generated notice giving you 7 days to update your billing information. After 7 days, your membership is cancelled.
Are My Credit Card Details Secure?
Absolutely. Our checkout is thoroughly encrypted and compliant with the strictest and latest PCI (“Payment Card Industry”) data security requirements. All subscriptions, billing information, and payments are processed through Stripe and are 100% secure. Stripe is a world leader in secure checkout and is certified to “PCI Service Provider Level 1”—the most stringent level of certification. You also have our promise that we will never share or sell your personal details or email address to a third party.
How do the different Membership levels work?
There are three Membership levels: Basic, Premium, and Gold. The higher levels have more content and access for those who want to go deeper. The Certificates can only be earned through the Premium and Gold Membership levels.
In the early days of NSTI, a special “Charter Premium” Membership was offered. This special Membership was for early adopters and is no longer available to the public.
May I Purchase A Membership As A Gift For Another Person
How generous of you! Many of our Members have asked if they can purchase a Membership for a parent, spouse, grown child, seminarian, deacon, or priest as a gift. We only need the email address of the person to whom you wish to give the Membership. In order to learn more about our gift option discounts, please send us an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do You Offer A Money Back Guarantee?
Yes, we are so confident that you will love the New Saint Thomas Institute, that we offer a twenty-one day full money-back guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied with the New Saint Thomas Institute at any point in your first twenty-one days, we will issue you a full tuition refund, no questions asked. If you cancel after twenty-one days, no refund will be issued.
Do you offer scholarships?
We consider all of our Members as “on scholarship.” That’s how we like to keep it. We value our resources at $1,000 per month. By offering them Memberships starting at only $25 per month, we see all Members as “on scholarship.” We do not offer any discounts lower that the advertised tuition rates.
Can I access the content that was released during my Membership if I Cancel
Your monthly Membership entitles you to enter the Members’ area and access the content there released during the duration of your Membership. Once you cancel or default on tuition in any way, you will lose all access to the content inside the New Saint Thomas Institute (past, present, or future) and your account details will be deleted from our system.
Can I Download Audio And Video Files?
You can download the audio mp3 files, but you cannot download the video files. The videos are delivered in 1080 high-definition. It would be too expensive to allow over a thousand Members to download that much information month after month.
May I Share These Videos And Audio Files With Others?
You may not share your login credentials with another person so that he or she might sample or use the Member content inside the New Saint Thomas Institute. We are able to detect simultaneous logins and suspicious login activity. Violators will have their Membership revoked and deleted.
- Dr. Marshall makes two exceptions to our propriety privacy rule:
- There is an exception for married couples and their children living at home. A husband and wife may share a single NSTI Membership; however, if they each wish to earn a Certificate in Theology, each spouse must have his or her own Membership. In other words, the person whose name is on the single account is the only one who may earn a Certificate.
- There is an exception for canonically recognized Catholic religious houses of monks, friars, nuns, or sisters – so long as the number of participants is lower than twelve (12). If your religious house is larger than twelve, please send us an inquiry about your situation at support [AT] newsaintthomas [DOT] com
You may not violate intellectual property laws by reproducing in any way the proprietary content within the New Saint Thomas Institute. This includes reproducing or sharing content for friends or strangers, either for free or for a fee.
If you want to show or share video lessons to a small group, Bible study, conference, parish, or similar event, please contact us at email@example.com.
Will I Receive Personal Interaction With Dr Taylor Marshall?
Yes. Dr. Marshall participates in the lesson comments and the Private Theological Forum. He is regularly there to answer questions and engage Member inquiries. However, he does not take private phone calls, chats, or provide one-on-one instruction through the New Saint Thomas Institute.
Are There Any Rules I Should Know About The New Saint Thomas Institute?
The New Saint Thomas Institute provides powerful content but also a fun, energetic community for those who want to grow in their faith and love for Christ. In order to keep our community and conversations positive, we have a few rules:
- You may disagree with other members. The scholastic tradition of our patron Saint Thomas Aquinas encourages debate and engagement. However, we ask that if you disagree with someone, please do so in a way that is kind and civil.
- We reserve the right to delete your comments if you post something that is blasphemous, offensive, sacrilegious, off-topic, spammy, libelous, defamatory, harassing, threatening, pornographic, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate Dr. Marshall’s high standard of Christian engagement and civility.
- You may not leave any images, comments, or hyperlinks that advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services.
- You retain ownership of your comments. We do not own them and we expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on this site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve the New Saint Thomas Institute from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
- You grant the New Saint Thomas Institute a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.
- We believe that these rules make the New Saint Thomas Institute a safe community given to edifying conversations. Our theological environment is unique in that, unlike a lot of religious forums, we do not allow bullies or trolls.
What’s the ideal internet connection/speed for NSTI Members?
We recommend at least 15 Mbps (15 megabytes per second), which is now the industry standard minimum in most places. For example, Verizon offers 15Mbps as their lowest standard.
Our system automatically senses your internet connection and adjusts the streaming rate accordingly. However, we cannot guarantee flawless streaming if you currently have a connection below industry standards (below 15 Mbps).
Although we do have many Members who use lower speed connections and even dial-up connections in foreign nations, we recommend at least 15 Mbps.
PS: If you currently have cable or fios connection and you are not getting less than 15 Mbps, you are getting ripped off by your internet provider. Many of our Members have simply made a call and asked for a faster speed – and they get it for free since 15Mbps is assumed by all as the minimum acceptable service.
Can I watch the NSTI on my HDTV?
Yes, some of our Members do watch lessons on their HDTV using Google’s Chromecast. You install the Chromecast extension to the Chrome internet browser and it send a signal to the Chromecast to open the page on your TV through the HDMI dongle.
Is the New Saint Thomas Institute accredited or recognized by the US Department of Education?
No, we do not want to be accredited or recognized by the US Department of Education for three reasons:
1) Accreditation is usually sought so that federal loans can be granted for tuition assistance. But our tuition is already so low. We don’t need federal assistance. Caesar can keep his money.
2) Accreditation for Catholic education institutions usually requires observation and visitation bynon-Catholic accreditation officers who evaluate the faculty, library, and curriculum. We don’t feel the need to seek a stamp of approval from those who don’t recognize our educational goals. For example, accreditation officers would require us to set learning time limits and enforce exams and term papers. That’s not our style.
3) Accreditation is expensive and time intensive. Those expenses get passed on to the students, and that’s not fair. Every college administrator will tell you that accreditation is the worst part of what they do. We feel that the process is pure bureaucracy. It’s a waste of our time and a waste of your time.
Does the New Saint Thomas Institute have a Mascot?
Yes. Allow us to introduce you to Tommy the Muskox! Members of the New Saint Thomas Institute are the “Mighty Mighty Muskoxen!”
We don’t have a football team…yet.
If I Have Another Question That Isn’t Answered Here, Who Do I Contact?
Please don’t hesitate to ask us a question. You can email us directly at support [AT] newsaintthomas [DOT] com.
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