Certificate in Lay Ministry
The non-degreed Certificate is offered at the main campus and at satellite locations rotating through the Archdiocese on a two-year basis. It includes basic theology courses along with spiritual, ministerial and personal formation designed to integrate theology and practice. The Certificate requires a High School Diploma or G.E.D. for admission.
The Certificate includes 13 required courses, taught at the undergraduate equivalency level, mentoring, supervised Field Education, Theological Reflection and a Project in Ministry. Students may complete the Certificate in two years, and it fulfills the prerequisites for men applying to the permanent diaconate.
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology does not grant undergraduate credit; however, Chatfield College, a Catholic Junior College, will offer up to 24 hours of undergraduate credit for the completed Certificate. Other area institutions may also grant undergraduate credit on a case by case basis. Classes at the main campus typically meet on Tuesday evening and Saturday morning. Classes at satellite locations meet Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.