Certificate in Priestly Formation

Those seeking ordination will be required to earn a Master of Divinity plus a 24-unit Certificate in Priestly Formation in the sciences and skills necessary for ordination. Note that completion of the MDiv and Certificate does not entitle the recipient to ordination. Admission to ordination is the decision of local diocesan ordinaries or superiors of religious orders who may have further requirements or expectations.

Special Requirements for Admission

Ordination candidates must present:

  • A letter of approval from their ordinary or religious superior
  • A certificate of completion issued by the applicant’s ordinary or religious superior stating that the applicant has taken a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of undergraduate philosophy or its equivalent as prescribed by the USCCB Program for Priestly Formation

Curriculum of the Certificate in Priestly Formation

Course Area Units
Additional Course in Modern American Catholicism or Interpreting the Church Today 3
Intermediate Course in Theology of God and Trinity 3
Medieval/Reformation Christianity 3
Pastoral Couseling 3
Preaching Practicum I 3
Canon Law: Introduction and Marriage 3
Advanced Preaching, Celebrational Styles/Prayer Leadership 3
Parish Administration 1.5
Reconciliation Practicum 1.5