Catechetical Ministry Certificate



Catechetical Ministry Certificate

Snapshot: Catechetical Ministry Certificate

  • Prepare for — or refresh — a career as a religious educator.
  • Courses are conveniently offered evenings throughout the year so they fit into your busy life.
  • Complete the certificate in two to three years.
  • Take the stand-alone certificate program or apply credits to a bachelor’s degree in theology.
  • Lay the foundation for earning a master’s degree in theology at St. Kate’s.

Earning the Catechetical Ministry Certificate

The Catechetical Ministry program prepares you for lay ecclesiastical ministry in today's church, especially if you are called to serve as religious educator leading elementary and adult religious education, and youth ministry programs.

Advance Your Career and Your Life

The program helps you become more fully engaged in your faith community by equipping you to guide others in faith formation. You also develop cultural sensitivity and awareness in order to work with diverse populations. In addition, you explore your own spirituality. The more you deepen your own faith, the more others will look to you for guidance. 

Supportive Environment

Faculty are well connected within the Twin Cities religious community, so they can match your interests with hands-on experiences that prepare you for the ministry you plan to practice. If you are already teaching in the Church, St. Kate’s will help you extend your service into new areas. In keeping with St. Kate’s strong social justice mission, you also gain confidence working with economically and racially diverse populations.

Program of study

You can earn the Catechetical Ministry certificate at the graduate or undergraduate level in classes offered evenings throughout the year.

The program focuses on essential competencies for lay ministry:

  • Solid theological foundations.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Principles and praxis of evangelization, faith formation, community, pastoral and cultural sensitivity.
  • Structuring a religious educational program for different age groups.

Uniquely St. Kate’s

St. Kate’s has been committed to women’s education for more than a century and our theology program is core to our liberal arts focus. As a woman returning to college, your life experience enhances small, discussion-based classes.

You are guided by scholars, like Program Coordinator Deborah Organ, who demonstrate servant leadership. Organ holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology and a Master’s in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and she is Pastoral Associate for Family Communication and licensed independent clinical social worker at Holy Rosary Parish, Minneapolis.

Many students enjoy the depth of meaning found through the program and want more. You can easily and conveniently step into our bachelor’s or master’s degree program in theology.