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 Catechetical Ministry

This skills course will engage the learner with an overview of the mission, vision and structure of Catechetical Ministry in the Diocese of Rochester. The Learner will understand the Bishop of Rochester’s role as chief catechist of the Diocese and how the various offices and ministries assist the Bishop in that mission. The learner will know the current models of catechetical programming in effect, audiences for catechesis and the areas and people who are served in the Diocese of Rochester.

September 13th from 9am-11:30am


Fundamental Tasks of Catechetical Ministry

This skills course will present the learner with an opportunity to encounter the six fundamental tasks of catechesis and how these tasks can be accomplished and implemented in parish/school catechetical programming. Special attention will be given to the goals of these fundamental tasks, how they apply to catechetical programs and the guiding Church documents that serve and assist in accomplishing these tasks.

September 13th from 12:30pm-3pm


Elements of Effective Youth Ministry

This skills course will provide the learner with the most up to date and relevant information and trends for implementing effective parish adolescent catechetical and youth ministry programs. These skills, such as the use of technology, understanding family and cultural dynamics and the formation of volunteers are benchmarks of a thriving and comprehensive parish youth ministry.

September 13th from 3pm-5:30pm


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