Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

St. Catherine offers certificate programs in theology at the graduate and undergraduate level. Students may proceed at their own pace, but must complete the programs within two to three years. The Office of Graduate Admission coordinates the admission process for graduate-level theology certificates.

Pastoral Ministry

The Pastoral Ministry program trains people for ministry in today’s church, especially those called to more formal roles of ministry.

This ecumenical program integrates three essentials for contemporary lay ministry formation:

  • A solid theological foundation
  • A supervised pastoral field education experience that teaches ongoing self-evaluation and skills
  • A spirituality that takes seriously the identity, experiences and talents of lay people
  • The Pastoral Ministry Certificate can be obtained at the graduate or undergraduate level. The graduate classes are offered evenings throughout the year. Students may proceed at their own pace. Most complete the program in two to three years.

Catechetical Ministry

The Catechetical Ministry program prepares individuals for lay ecclesial ministry in today's church, especially those called to serve as religious educators.

This ecumenical program for women and men focuses essential competencies for lay ministry:

  • Solid theological foundations
  • Leadership skills
  • Principles and praxis of evangelization, faith formation, community, pastoral and cultural sensitivity

The Catechetical Ministry certificate may be obtained at the graduate or undergraduate level. The graduate classes are offered evenings throughout the year. Students may proceed at their own pace. Most complete the program in two to three years.

Spiritual Direction

The Spiritual Direction Graduate Certificate program addresses the increasing demands for credentials and competency in the field.

The program's academic component includes knowledge of psychological development, Christian spirituality, scriptural studies and systematic theology. In addition to academic competence, students receive ongoing individual spiritual direction within an integrated program emphasizing a holistic approach to experience, prayerful reflection, and attention to health and wellness issues.

A supervised internship with a recognized spiritual formation team or director is part of the certificate program, and is arranged through the spiritual direction coordinator. This involves:

  • an initial interview with a designated staff person to assess a person’s aptitude for this ministry;
  • ongoing monthly spiritual direction with a qualified director of one’s choice;
  • participation in 100-150 hours of actual directing while being supervised in individual and/or group sessions; and
  • completion of all program expectations.

For more information about the certificate programs, contact William McDonough at 651.690.6072.

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