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Non-Degreed Certificate In Lay Ministry


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The Non-Degreed Certificate Option includes basic theology courses, ministerial formation and advising support. The program is both academic and pastoral in approach and is designed for people who wish to deepen their knowledge of Church teaching, grow in faith, and become informed ministers for the Church.

The Non-Degreed Certificate is an excellent option for people who do not have a 4 year undergraduate degree, for those who prefer to study theology and pastoral ministry at the freshman college level or for people who live at a distance from the main campus.

This option offers 13 required courses, taught at the undergraduate equivalency level, Mentoring, supervised Field Education and a Project in Ministry. The ministerial formation components are described here. Ministerial Formation.

The Athenaeum does not grant undergraduate credit, but other area institutions may grant undergraduate credit for the completed Certificate program. If you are interested in this possibility, contact the LPMP Director for more information.

The outstanding faculty is drawn from the seminary faculty and from diocesan and parish leadership. Classes meet once each week for 2 hours and 40 minutes. Classes at the main campus are held on Tuesday evening and Saturday morning. Classes at satellite locations meet Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. Satellite locations.



Non-Degreed Certificate Option Courses:

First Year

LPC 125 Pastoral Communications (1 Unit, 5 weeks)

LPC 121 Old Testament (2 Units, 10 weeks)

LPC 110 Catechism of the Catholic Church (1 Unit, 5 weeks)

LPC 115 Basic Doctrine (2 Units, 10 weeks)

LPC 122 New Testament (2 Units, 10 weeks)

LPC 119 Using Scripture in Parish Minstry (1 Unit, 5 weeks)

LPC 120 Discipleship (2 Units, 10 weeks)

Second Year

LPC 124 Church History (2 Units, 10 weeks)

LPC 131 Evangelization and Social Media (1 Unit, 5 weeks)

LPC 123 Jesus, The Christ of Faith (2 Units, 10 weeks)

LPC 130 Ecclesiology (1 Unit, 5 weeks)

LPC 132 Morality and Justice in Catholic Life (3 Units, 15 weeks)

LPC 126 Liturgy and Prayer (2 Units, 10 weeks)

Additional Components:



Elective: Tribunal Practice (Required of men applying to the Permanent Diaconate and for men and women training to become a Procurator Advocate)

The completed Non-Degreed Certificate Option fulfills the prerequisites for application to the Permanent Diaconate formation for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Courses may be applied to certification or continuing education for catechists and Youth and Young Adult Ministers.

It is possible to complete the Certificate in 2 years. Participants wishing to serve the Church in a public capacity, or who are discerning a call to the permanent diaconate must be in full communion with the Catholic Church and able to minister fruitfully and faithfully within the structure of the hierarchical Church. Members of other faith traditions are welcome to apply to the program, understanding that the theology and pastoral ministry reflects the stance and teachings of the Catholic Church.

In addition to the main campus, the Certificate Option will be offered for 2013-2014 academic year at satellite campuses located at Our Lady of Sorrow, Monroe, and Sacred Heart of Jesus, McCartyville.

Read about the Application Process here.


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