Certificate Courses

Spring 2017 Course Offerings


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A10 Introduction to Scripture – Online Course Offering

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: Rev. Dr. George Heyman

Course opens Monday, March 13th at noon and will be available for six weeks online.

Computer and High Speed Internet Access are required.
Additional online guidelines are available upon request.


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: Fr. Peter Mottola

Wednesdays: February 8 - March 8 from 2:00 pm - 4:00pm
Available via videoconferencing at Apalachin, Auburn, and Elmira



E80 Parish Human Resource Management
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 Benefit Administration – deeper understanding of the benefit offerings to employees of the Diocese of Rochester.  This course is required for all Financial Directors and Business Managers.

Instructor: Tammy Sylvester
DATE:  April 26 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

The fee for this course only is $50

E87  Comprehensive Financial Operations
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 parish planning, accounting practices, IRS regulations, and Diocesan reporting requirements.

Instructor: Tom Kubus and Peter Sak
DATES Wednesdays:  March 29, April 5 and April 12 from 9:30 am  - 3;30 pm

The fee for this course only is $200