The Diocese of Dallas and the University of Dallas introduce the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry beginning this fall 2016. This certificate program will be another pathway for ministers to receive certification as a catechist of children or adults, or as a parish catechetical leader.  The other pathways outlined in the Continuing Catechetical Formation guidelines are still valid.  The new certificate program includes some core courses applicable to every minister and offers courses for an endorsement in a particular field of ministry.  There are three different endorsements (or specializations) in the ministry of catechetics: catechist, catechetical leader, and adult faith formation.

Courses in the Certificate of Pastoral Ministry are offered in four locations across the Diocese of Dallas:  JPII High School (Plano), All Saints, the Catholic Conference and Formation Center and the University of Dallas. 

The course of study may be taken whole and entire or a minister may choose to only take certain courses within the certificate program.  If participants only take certain courses in the program, equivalency credit will be granted for courses in the Diocese of Dallas' Continuing Catechetical Formation program. 

Members of parishes belonging to the Diocese of Dallas receive a special rate at $50/ class.

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Three courses are offered this fall at each of the four locations.  Equivalency credit in the Catechetical Formation plan is noted.





If you have questions regarding the Certificate of Pastoral Ministry Program and registration for it, please contact the University of Dallas Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry at 972-721-4118.

If you have further questions about how the Certificate of Pastoral Ministry Program relates to the Diocese of Dallas' Continuing Catechetical Formation Plan, please call or email Sr. Beatriz Martinez, SSND at 214-379-2852 or