The Office for Parish Life is partnering with Center for Ministry Development to provide specialized tracks in ministry formation. The Certificate in Ministry Studies® is a ministry education program for adults in ministry with youth, families and adults, in both parish and school settings.  The program includes four online courses and eight in-person courses. These in-person courses are offered in our Diocese over a two year period, at minimal cost to the participants because of funds provided through the Diocesan Annual Appeal.

The Certificate program leads to a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies OR Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation.  Parishes benefit especially by enrolling coordinators of both ministry areas in the program together.

The Program Schedule for 2019-2020 is as follows:

  • September 4, 2019–Online Orientation Meeting with all applicants (offered in the afternoon and evening)
  • September 28, 2019 –In-person course #1 – Diocesan Pastoral Center
    • Principles of Youth Ministry OR
    • Principles and Vision for Lifelong Catechesis 
  • October 13- November 9, 2019 — First online course:  Visioning for Catholic Youth Ministry/Catholic Faith Formation
  • February 2020 —- Second online course:  Leading Ministry
  • March 14, 2020 –In-person course #2—Practice of Ministry (location TBD by participants)
  • June 24 & 25, 2020 —  In-person courses #3 Foundations for Ministry Leadership and #4 Skills for Christian Leadership

Persons interested in more information and/or to enroll in the Certificate in Ministry Studies should contact Kitty Scanlan at 570-207-2213 or at