Certificate Courses

 Fall 2014



Courses located at St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry
120 French Rd. Rochester, NY 14618

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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, September 15 at noon and ends Friday October 10th 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

Tuesdays October 21, November 4, 18, December 2nd from  1:00-3:30PM

This course can be videoconferenced


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

Wednesdays October 1, 8, 15 and 29 from 3:00 – 5:30 PM

This course can be video-conferenced to all sites except Auburn


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, October 8, 15, 22, 29 & November 5 from 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The fee, for this course only, is $200.

This course can be videoconferenced on Oct 15, 22, and 29 ONLY


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Courses located at the Bishop Hickey Conference Center
1150 Buffalo Rd. Rochester, NY 14624

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Introduction to Sacramental Catechesis
Required for those seeking certification in Faith Formation, this skills course focuses on the practical aspects of preparing candidates for the celebration of the sacraments, in particular for First Penance, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  The practices and policies of the Diocese of Rochester for sacramental preparation will be reviewed, as well as sacramental access for those with developmental disabilities.
Wednesday, October 8
9:00AM - 11:30AM

Evangelization & Catechesis
Required for those seeking certification in Faith Formation, this skills course focuses on utilizing times for sacramental preparation as moments of evangelization for the entire family
Wednesday, October 8
12:30PM - 3:00PM

Introduction to the RCIA Process
This skills course provides an understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, the resources used to prepare candidates and catechumens for the reception of the sacraments, and the process as adapted for Children of Catechetical age.  This course is appropriate for RCIA coordinators, RCIA team members, and those seeking certification in Faith Formation.
Wednesday, October 8
3:00PM - 5:30PM



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