The purpose of the Certificate in Lay Ecclesial Ministry is to provide students with a course of study in the area of the foundations of Catholic theology and ministry. This course of study constitutes a partial fulfillment of the requirements for archdiocesan professional certification of lay ecclesial ministers, particularly for those who have a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than theology or ministry but who are seeking advanced certification levels for ministry.
Admissions information for the Certificate in Catholic Theology can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions page.
SHMS strives to instill in the recipients of the Certificate in Lay Ecclesial Ministry an ability to:
• Demonstrate understanding of the content of Catholic theology in the areas of Sacred Scripture, Catholic tradition, moral theology, sacramental theology and canon law:
- Demonstrate the use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scripture, and some conciliar documents for the study of Catholic theology
- Identify basic tenets of the Catholic faith
- Articulate Catholic theology in writing and oral presentation
• Demonstrate ability to apply ministry skills and foundational resources for ministry:
- Prepare catechetical experiences for people of varying backgrounds and experiences
- In a case study related to pastoral care identify and cite applicable canon law
Course of Study
(33/34 credit hours)
THE 123 Introduction to the Catholic Faith 2 cr
THE 210 Introduction to Liturgy and Sacraments 2 cr
THE 219 Introduction to the Catholic Church 2 cr
THE 243 Introduction to Spirituality 2 cr
THE 249 Introduction to Sacred Scripture 3 cr
THE 274 Introduction to Moral Theology 2 cr
THE 337 Trinity, Christology and Mariology 3 cr
THE 360 Sacraments of Initiation 3 cr
THE XXX Scripture Elective 3 cr
MNS 101 Theology of Ministry 2 cr
MNS 271 Pastoral Catechetics 2 cr
MNS 300 Canon Law for Parish Ministers 2 cr
PHL 415 Philosophy for Theology 3 cr
THE/MNS Theology of Ministry Elective 2-3 cr
- A minimum of 33 credits must be earned through completion of the course of study
- A minimum of 22 semester hours must be earned at SHMS.
- The student must maintain a C average (2.0).
- The student must participate in 3 (three) formation sessions during the course of study.
- Theological Reflection
- Spiritual Direction
- The student must participate in an assessment process of the program.