Certificate Courses

 Spring 2015




A 10 Introduction to Scripture – Online Course
This course is designed to acquaint the beginning student with the variety of methods used to interpret the Scriptures within the wider Church community today.  We will examine how the Church has understood the Bible throughout history.  We will also examine the question of literal and fundamental interpretations of Scripture, as well as the concepts of inerrancy and divine inspiration. Through an analysis of select passages we will look at the methods used by the Church to develop its theological and pastoral understanding of today’s world.
Instructor: Reverend George Heyman
Course opens Monday, February 9th at noon and ends Friday March 20th
Computer and High Speed Internet Access are required. Additional online guidelines are available upon request.

C10 Introduction To Theology
When humanity begins to reflect on the meaning of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, it begins to engage itself in the task of theology.  This course presents a brief overview of the basic components of theology.  We will review method, revelation, use of scripture, and the role theology plays in the Church today. This course is required for those in the Catechetical, Youth and Pastoral Ministry Certificate Programs.
Instructor: Ella Johnson
Friday, April 17, from  8:30AM - 5:30PM

C17 Church and Sacraments
This course focuses on the nature of the Church and the theology of sacramental life that flows from Jesus' command to "Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28:19).  Through readings, discussion, lectures and reflection on participants' own ecclesial settings, the course provides a context for examining issues affecting the life of the local and universal church.
Instructor: Mary Ann Obark
Saturdays, March 7, 14 and 28 from 9:00AM - 12:00PM

E 10 Orientation To Minstry
Ministry is the public activity of a baptized follower of Jesus on behalf of a specific Christian community to witness, serve and realize the Kingdom.  This course will explore the origins and development of Christian ministry as it impacts the Church today.  This course is designed for those who have no formal theological training and is required for everyone enrolled in the Certificate Program.
Instructor: Barbara Swiecki
Thursdays February 26, March 5, 12 and 19 from 3:00 – 5:30 PM
This course can be video-conferenced to Apalachin, Auburn, Hornell, or Watkins Glen

E80 Parish HR Management and Benefit Administration
Human Resource Management is a vital component of today's contemporary parish.  This course focuses on developing human resource skills needed for employers who are also stewards of the Catholic tradition.  we will look at parish and diocesan policies for HR management as well as employment law, salary, conflict management, and strategies for effective communication.  We also are including Benefi Administration - deeper understanding of the benefit offerings to employees of the Dioces of Rochester.  This course is required for all Financial Directors and Business Managers
Instructors: India Barton and Michelle Galetta
Wednesday, May 20 from 9:00AM - 3:00PM
The fee, for this course only, is $50

E 87 Comprehensive Financial Operations (formerly Operations I, II and II)
This is a course for those seeking a Certificate as Parish Business Manager.  This course familiarizes the student with the standardized financial practices used throughout the Diocese of Rochester, with an emphasis on the parish accounting practices, IRS regulations, and Diocesan reporting requirements.
Instructor: Tom Kubus
Wednesdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
The fee, for this course only, is $200.
This course can be videoconferenced on April 15 and 22, ONLY

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Skill-Level Modules
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Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Bishop Hickey Conference Center at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 1150 Buffalo Road, Rochester 14624

Competencies of the Catechetical Leader

In 2012, the collective Bishops of New York State spoke on behalf of their ongoing commitment to forming Catechetical Leaders to meet the challenges of ministering in today's Church.  This skill course will explore the Comprehensive Plan for Formation of the Catechetical Leader in the Third Millennium and equip Catechetical and Youth Ministers to engage with five areas for focus and development in their ministerial work.
Instructor: Jonathan Schott


Liturgy, Prayer and Catechesis

The relationship between Liturgy, Prayer and Catechesis is integral to our catechetical ministry. The National Directory for Catechesis points out that “catechesis both precedes the Liturgy and springs from it"(§ 33).  This course will highlight some ways catechists can better lead people into the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church.
Instructor: Deacon John Brasley

Nurturing Your Spirituality (Elective)

Working in ministry has its own set of rewards and challenges. Sometimes the very things that make ministry wonderful can also make nurturing our own spirituality difficult. This module will help ministers to articulate those challenges and find ways to sustain themselves through their own faith journey.
Instructor: Dr. Shannon Loughlin