Certificate in Pastoral Ministry
In partnership with Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies
What is the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry?
It is a two-year online professional development programme.
It is offered by Loyola University Chicago in partnership with the Archdiocese of Liverpool and in collaboration with Catholic dioceses and formation teams in England and Wales.
The course aims to provide participants with up-to-date knowledge, skills and formation for contemporary pastoral ministry.
What can you expect from this programme of study?
You will complete ten six-week modules. See here for an overview of the modules.
Modules are delivered online.
Participants have the freedom to study in their own homes.
Each module requires approximately 20 hours of online engagement, reading and reflection.
The course models adult learning and shared praxis, and is rooted in theological texts and the pastoral experience of participants.
This non credit course has no formal assessment or exams.
The course is completed through continuous participation via forum posts and engaged responses.
There are three opportunities for participants to meet face to face for prayer, reflection, and creative engagement with the overall themes during the course.
Each diocese provides a local contact person for administration and pastoral support.
What do you need as a course participant?
Commitment to your own faith development.
Willingness to serve in the local church.
Ability to use the online systems through which this course is delivered.
Internet access is required.
If your diocese is not listed and you are interested in finding out more,
please go through the Liverpool contact for further information.
Bp Paul Swarbrick
Bp Peter Brignall
Hexham & Newcastle
Northern Diaconal Formation Partnership