Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

Last Fall 2016, the Diocese of Dallas and the University of Dallas Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry introduced the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. (CPM). This new certificate program is a new pathway for catechetical ministers to receive certification as a catechist of children or adults, or as a parish catechetical leader.  The Continuing Catechetical Formation  Program from the Department of Catechetical Services is still valid for the certification of catechists of children.  Parish catechetical leaders  who are new  or have not  yet completed the Catechetical Leadership Formation Program (CLFP) will continue their leadership formation through the Certificate of Pastoral Ministry.

The new certificate program is offered in English and Spanish; it 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 catechetic: catechist, catechetical leader, and adult faith formation. Members of parishes belonging to the Diocese of Dallas receive a special rate at $50/ class.

More information and registration is available now at www.udallas.edu/cpm or contact Melissa Hernandez Program Coordinator, Continuing Education, Neuhoff School of Ministry at (972) 721-4118 or

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 bmartinez@cathdal.org.