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Certification Curriculum

The certification curriculum is for those interested in receiving a certificate and volunteering within their parish. Please note that level I and II apply to all concentrations and level III is specific by ministerial concentration.

Curriculum Levels

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Level I: Catechism

Courses offered:

  • Catechism I
    Topics: Revelation, Sacred Scripture, Faith, the Trinity, Creation and Providence, Angels.
  • Catechism II
    Topics: Image of God and the Fall, The Incarnation, Mary, the Holy Spirit, the Church, the Four Last Things.
  • Catechism III
    Topics: The Sacramental Economy and Grace, Baptism and Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance and Anointing, Holy Orders, Matrimony.
  • Catechism IV
    Topics: The Universal Call to Holiness, the Moral Life, the Virtues, the Commandments, Catholic Social Teaching, Prayer.

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Level II: Core

Courses offered:

  • Foundations of Catholicism (Fundamental Theology)
  • Introduction to the Creed I (Doctrine I)
  • Introduction to the Creed II (Doctrine II)
  • The Seven Sacraments
  • Church History
  • Our Moral Life in Christ

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Level III: Concentrations

Please review all the concentrations and courses offered to help you decide your area of interest.

Sacred Scripture Concentration
Courses offered:

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Pentateuch
  • The Gospels
  • The Epistles of St. Paul

RCIA & Adult Faith Formation Concentration
Courses offered:

  • Vatican II
  • Evangelization & Catechesis
  • RCIA & AFF I
  • Canon Law of Marriage

Youth Ministry Concentration
Courses offered:

  • Vatican II or Theology of the Body
  • Evangelization & Catechesis
  • Intro to Youth Ministry
  • Pastoral Applications in Youth Ministry
  • Discipleship in Youth Ministry

Marriage and Family Life Concentration
Courses offered:

  • Theology of the Body
  • Marriage & Family Documents
  • Canon Law of Marriage
  • Practical Tools for Marriage & Family Life Ministry
  • Catholic Perspective on Difficult Situations

General Concentration
Courses offered:

  • Vatican II
  • Theology of the Body
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

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Jason Whitehead, MA
Director of Evangelization and Catechesis
Director of St. Junipero Serra Institute
Director of Faith Formation


Julie Kiehlbauch, MS
Executive Assistant

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