Programs of Study
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry's Graduate Studies program offers courses leading to three degrees. The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting (Association of Theological Schools) and are registered with the New York State Department of Education:
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
Master of Divinity
Degree programs prepare women and men for a variety of careers, including lay and ordained ministries, teaching, and the permanent diaconate. A full slate of courses (not exceeding a total of 15 per year) with the exception the Graduate Colloquium is also offered at our extension site in Albany.
Students at St. Bernard’s Rochester location may pursue the non-degree Certification Program. This program provides an opportunity for students to explore the important issues of the Church today and to develop practical skills needed to effectively minister in important parish positions and ministries.
Students can enroll in one of three courses of study:
Basic Theological Study
Parish Business Management
Certification includes both Foundational level and Skill level courses.
Theological Foundation level courses will be offered throughout the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. They include:
E10 Orientation to Ministry
A10 Introduction to Scripture
C10 Introduction to Theology
C14 Introduction to Catholic Moral Theology
C17 Church and Sacraments
Skill level courses for those in the Parish Business Management program will be held at St. Bernard’s. Registrations will take place through St. Bernard’s website. For the full curriculum please see the Certification Course Requirements [PDF].
There are two skill level track options for those in the Faith Formation program:
Catechetical Level 1 – Administrator - Assists a competent Director (Catechetical Leader II or III) or the Pastor/Pastoral Administrator in administering the parish catechetical program, supports volunteer catechists, and provides clerical and record keeping assistance.
Catechetical Level 2 – Coordinator - Coordinates a specific area of formation for the parish, typically programs for children/families and parents, programs for adolescents, particular sacramental catechesis programs, or programs for adults.
Registration: Registration for all courses will continue to take place on the St. Bernard’s website. All courses will take place at St. Bernard’s except the Faith Formation skills courses, which will take place at the Pastoral Center’s Bishop Hickey Conference Center on Buffalo Road. Videoconferencing will continue to be offered as the sites are available.
Cost: There is a $20 matriculation fee for all students entering the program. Certification courses are offered at $10 per hour. Payment is expected for courses at the time of registration. The total cost of each program is as follows:
o 50 hours of Certificate in Basic Theological Study costs $500
o 50 hours of Parish Business Management costs $500
o 80 hours of Certificate in Faith Formation Catechetical Level 1 costs $800
o 100 hours of Certificate in Faith Formation Catechetical Level 2 is $1,000
Matriculation: Matriculate into a certificate program by downloading the Certification Program Application [PDF]. Return the completed forms to Christina Schmidt, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid along with a payment of $20 made out to St. Bernard's.
To obtain further information about the Certification Program please contact Fr. George Heyman at (585) 271-3657 ext. 292, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Bernard's continuing education offerings are designed to meet the needs of diocesan and parish staffs as well as ministers wishing to brush up on personal and professional skills. The Preaching Institute offers opportunities to develop preaching skills through a variety of workshops and convocations. Other special events and guest speakers are hosted by The Brennan Goldman Institute, the Dioceses of Rochester and Albany and other community organizations.
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Working with the Diocese of Rochester, St. Bernard's offers a four-year formation program for men studying for the permanent diaconate. The formation program consists of courses in scripture, theology and pastoral studies, spiritual and formational experiences, and field education.
Contact Deacon John Brasley, Director of Deacon Formation, Office of Deacon Personnel, 1150 Buffalo Road, Rochester, New York 14624; Phone 585.328.3228 ext. 1237, or email email@example.com, or contact the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The mission of the Instituto Pastoral Hispano is to provide a formation program that is holistic, focused on all levels of human development, inclusive of all Spanish-speaking communities of the Diocese of Rochester, and comprised of a variety of academic and pastoral instruction.
Ofrecer un programa de formación que es a su vez integral, orientado a todos los niveles de desarrollo, inclusivo de todas las comunidades hispanoparlantes de la Diocesis de Rochester y consta de una variedad de preparaciones academicas y pastorales.
For more information please contact Lynette Saenz, Director of the Instituto Pastoral Hispano at (585) 328-3228 ext. 1318. You may also call and leave a message at (585) 271-3657 ext. 278.
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