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The Office of Religious Education takes seriously the responsibilities of those engaged in catechetical ministry, and seeks to cultivate catechetical leadership to share more directly in the catechetical mission of the Church. The preparation and formation of catechists at the advanced level may lead to certification as a Master Catechist (California Guidelines) or another ministry-specific certification (ORE Guidelines).

 

Formation for Advanced Catechetical Ministries

The formation program for Advanced Catechetical Ministries (ACM) is collaboratively sponsored by the Office of Religious Education and the Department of Catholic Schools.

The program is designed to provide appropriate formation for those preparing for ministerial and catechetical leadership roles in the Archdiocese, both in Parishes and in Catholic High Schools.

Certification is provided for those preparing for leadership in the following roles:

  • Adult Faith Formation
  • Parish Catechetical Leader
  • Confirmation Coordinator
  • Youth Ministry Coordinator
  • Master Catechist (California Certification)

Advanced Catechetical Ministries: Program Description

The formation program at the advanced level includes three distinct phases:

  • Phase I: The Theological Phase involves the study of scripture and the essentials of Catholic doctrine as a common basis for all those preparing for ministerial and catechetical leadership. Themes covered include, but are not limited to, Theological Reflection, Images of God, Revelation, Christology, Ecclesiology, Sacraments, Morality, Social Justice & Christian Spirituality.

  • Phase II: The Catechetical Phase involves the study of catechesis, locating it within the context of evangelization and fostering the catechumenal model of catechesis as a central principle of formation. This phase also involves the development of particular skills for catechetical and ministerial leadership. Themes covered include, but are not limited to, Catechesis & Evangelization, Faith Development, Liturgy, Christian initiation & Catechumenate as Model for Catechesis, Formation Teams and Leadership, Adult Formation, Media & Catechesis, Safe Environment, and Foundational Skills for the Master Catechist.

  • Phase III: The Practicum Phase involves a supervised practicum related to a chosen ministerial area. Supervision is conducted by consultants at the appropriate Archdiocesan Offices and/or their delegates.

Requirements for Admission

Candidates who seek admission into the formation program for Advanced Catechetical Ministries must

  • hold basic California catechist certification (or equivalent)
  • demonstrate an ability to study at the post-secondary level
  • demonstrate an ability to communicate with adults
  • have experience of involvement in ministry in a Catholic high school and/or parish
  • have experience of catechetical ministry
  • demonstrate a sensitivity to the cultural and ecclesial diversity of peoples in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

There are additional requirements for admission into the program pertaining to the respective fields of ministry/catechetical leadership:

Adult Faith Formation

  • basic adult specialization (or equivalent)
  • five years experience in one or more of the following areas: Catechetics, Christian Initiation, Adult Education
  • recommendation of ORE Coordinator for Adult Faith Formation

Parish Catechetical Leader

  • completion of Parish Catechetical Leader course (Professional Development Series or equivalent)
  • five years experience in catechetical ministry, no less than two of which were served as coordinator/chair
  • recommendation of ORE Regional Coordinator

Coordinator of Confirmation/Youth Ministry

  • basic confirmation/youth ministry specialization (or equivalent)
  • recent catechetical experience
  • recommendation of ORE Cooordinator for Confirmation/Youth Ministry

Master Catechist Certification

  • minimum five years catechetical experience at different levels of ministry
  • evidence of ongoing enrichment in the areas of theology, catechetics and education
  • recent catechetical experience
  • recommendation of ORE Consultant for ACM

Requirements for Certification

 Archdiocesan Certification is awarded to candidates who satisfy ministry-specific guidelines as approved by the relevant offices at the Archdiocese.

 Master Catechist Certification is awarded to candidates who satisfactorily comply with the California Guidelines for Obtaining the California Catechist Certificate and the California Master Catechist Certificate approved by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops.  For more information about to  Become a Master Catechist  in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles please download the brochure  in this link: Become Master Catechist 2019 Revised.pdfBecome Master Catechist 2019 Revised.pdf 

 

Advance Catechetical Ministry information  

The program is a year round cycle, to know dates and to plan to participate please read information in the following Save The Date brochure: ACM_SavetheDate 3_13_2019.pdfACM Save the Date 2019.pdf 

If you are interested to be part of this program, please contact us to shcedule an appoitment to discern your calling to this ministry.  


 

ACM Brochure Become Master Catechist 2019 Revised.pdfBecome Master Catechist 2019 Revised.pdf


 

Further Information:

  • Flor de Maria Luna - Office of Religious Education
    213 637 7654
  • Elizabeth Argueta​ - Ministry Support
    213 637-7358

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