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Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

This program is for those who hope to pursue a career in pastoral ministry. The Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Notre Dame College fulfills most of the academic requirements needed for pastoral ministry certification in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

Program Outcomes:
Students will:

  1. Demonstrate a solid grasp of Scripture, theology, the nature of ministry, and Christian anthropology
  2. Be articulate in the areas of theology and spirituality with everyone with and for whom they minister
  3. Apply ministerial skills in a pastoral setting
  4. Respond in practical, supportive ways to the people they serve.

Required Courses:

Scripture
PM 104 Hebrew Scriptures
PM 105 Christian Scriptures
1 elective in Scripture (PM 324 The Gospels, PM 327
Acts and Letters, or an upper biennium theology course
in scripture fulfill this elective requirement.)

Systematics
PM 221 Knowing Jesus Then and Now
PM 301 Sacraments in Christian Life
PM 311 Church History
PM 332 The Nature of the Church
PM 334 Nature, Sin, and Grace

Morality
PM 204 Introduction to Social Justice Ministry
PM 321 Principles of Morality and Moral
Response

Pastoral/Ministerial Skills
PM 235 Counseling Skills for Pastoral Ministers
PM 240 Management Skills for Pastoral Ministers
PM 295 Cooperative Education for Pastoral Ministry
PM 335 Theology and Spirituality for Ministry
(PM 335 is a required course for those not in the
Catholic Diocese of Cleveland pastoral ministry program
and an approved elective for those who are in the diocesan program.)
PM 346 Canon Law for Ministry
PM 365 Applied Moral Theology

Note: These courses, if taken for credit, may be applied towards a degree program at Notre Dame College. Each course is a 2 credit course, except PM 346 which is 3 credits.