Certificate Courses

Spring 2016 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 14th 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.


B29 Pastoral Issues in Catechesis: Special Topics in Catholic Family Life

This survey course will explore 4 topics in Roman Catholic family life in current focus. This course will discuss family life, ministries and catechesis in light of recent events and developments in the Church. This course will provide the learner with a framework for understanding the Catholic teachings on the family yesterday, today and into the Church of tomorrow.

Session I: Catholic Family Life 101

Session II: Unpacking the 8th World Meeting of Families
Session III: Recap of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Session IV: Moving Forward: Trends and Emerging Practices in Catholic Family Ministries

Instructors: Jonathan Schott, Deacon John Brasley, Belinda Brasley

Thursdays: April 7 and 21 from 9:00am —4:00pm
Available via videoconferencing at Apalachin, Auburn, and Elmira


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: Rev. Dr. George Heyman

Wednesdays: March 30, April 6 and 27 from 10:30am—1:00pm
Available via videoconferencing at Apalachin, Auburn, and Elmira

E10 Orientation to Ministry

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: March 30, April 6 and 27 from 1:30—4:30pm
Available via videoconferencing at Apalachin, Auburn, and Elmira



E80 Parish Human Resource Management and Benefit Administration
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
Wednesday, May 4 from 9:00am—3:00pm

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.

Instructors: Tríona Bonenfant & Tom Kubus
Wednesdays : April 13, 20 and 27 from 9:30am —3:30pm

The fee for this course only is $200





Skills Sessions (Registration and Fees are coordinated by the Dept. of  Evangelization and Catechesis)
Offered in partnership with the  Dept. of  Evangelization and Catechesis, these skills sessions are a requirement for the Certificate in Catechetical Leadership program and can also be used by any Ecclesial Minister for professional development/continuing education purposes. Each skill session constitutes  one (1) CEU credit.


Skills Session Courses are 2.5 hours long and each day runs from 9:00am — 5:30pm


Wednesday, February 3 (Hickey Conference Center at the Diocesan Pastoral Center):
Competencies of the Catechetical Leader
Communicating the Gospel to Today’s Youth and Families
Young Adult Ministry and Outreach


Saturday,  May 21 (St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry):
Liturgy, Prayer and Catechesis
Planning is Essential for Catechetical Programs
Transitioning from College Campus to Parish Life


For more information, please contact the Dept. of Evangelization and Catechesis: (585) 328-3210

Or register online.