Lay Formation & Education

“The harvest is abundant...so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

~ Matthew 9:37-38

Partnerships

Villanova: Master of Science in Church Management

A two-year online graduate business program that provides a high-level skill set in church management, built upon a solid business curriculum and a faith-based approach.  Each course is meticulously designed for current and future Church leaders.

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Chancery-Sponsored Programs

Advocate Training

Training for those who accompany and assist Catholics seeking resolution of their status in the Church following a marriage which has ended civilly or de facto by permanent separation.

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Agape Service Proj - YA Formation

Formation for college-level staff who operate the summer program for middle & high school youth.

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Agape Service Proj - Mission Curriculum

Curriculum for youth ministers to form their youth before participating in the week-long service experience.

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Agape Service Proj - Service Learning

Middle and high school youth in serve the migrant community of Whatcom County by providing food, clothing, and community support, in the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching.

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Annual Catholic Appeal Training

Training for those involved with the Annual Catholic Appeal at the parish level.

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Betrothed Marriage Preparation Retreat

Preparation for marriage with a focus of connecting young adult couples to ministry opportunities.

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Catechetical Certification Program

A foundational, sequential, and pastoral program that provides the basic tools to learn both the “what” and the “how” of our Catholic faith.

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Catholic Schools Formation & Training

Professional development to positively impact student learning and develop Christ-like servant leaders, in the spirit of communion, solidarity, and subsidiarity.

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Christ in the Classroom

Catechetical certification for school personnel.

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Christifideles

Formation for lay leaders called to serve as competent, effective, and certified ministers for various ministries.  Currently, we are supporting the remaining participants in this program and will announce its revision in the near future.

Consultative Structures Training

A Review of Many Gifts, One Spirit Consultative Structures policy, including best practices and guidelines for parish leadership.

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Cultural Competency Training

Intercultural competence training for a basic level of awareness and proficiency in the area of diversity and inclusion.

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CYO Camps

A time away from technology to provide a deeper encounter with Christ.

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CYO Coaches Training

Training for coaches to be effective ministers who promote the moral and character development of youth.

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Grief Ministry Workshop

Training for parish staff who minister to those who are grieving.

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Instituto Hispano

Formation on the foundations of pastoral theology for those who minister to/with the Hispanic community.

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Liturgical Workshops

Training for those who coordinate and prepare liturgies at parishes and faith communities.

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Loyola Bilingual MAPS

Virtual Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program for bicultural and bilingual communities, integrating theological and pastoral formation in human, spiritual, intellectual, and ministerial areas.

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Marriage Preparation Best Practices

Best practices, resources, and guidance on how to form couples for marriage and engage them in parish life.

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Mental Health First Aid for Adults/Youth

How to recognize symptoms, offer and provide initial help, and guide toward appropriate treatment and support.

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New PAA Training

Provide new Pastoral Assistants for Administration and bookkeepers a fundamental understanding of the scope of their work.

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Ongoing Faith Formation

Enhance knowledge of the human, spiritual, liturgical, sacramental, leadership, and ecclesial areas of faith formation.

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Parent Formation

Equip parents and schools about the Church’s vision for marriage and family life with the children in their care.

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Parish Stewardship

Develop an understanding of stewardship as a way of life and how it ties with discipleship.

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Pastoral Care and Outreach Trainings

Develop ministers in the areas of hospital chaplaincy and prison ministry.

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Pastoral Leadership Network for Hispanic Ministry

Formation and networking for those ministering to/with Hispanics.

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RCIA and the Tribunal

Assist parish RCIA staff in understanding, recognizing, and addressing situations of marriage irregularity prior to receiving persons into the Church.

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Region XII Hispanic Formation

Hispanic Ministry Formation for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.

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Safe Environment Program

Create safe spaces for the vulnerable, and educate/empower adults and children/youth in safety measures.

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Tepeyac Leadership Institute

Provide civic leadership development for young adults who are not directly involved in parish ministry.

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Young Adult Formation

Opportunities to go deeper in faith on various topics: theology, Catholic Social Teaching, politics, mental health, Theology on Tap, etc.

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Young Adult Minister Formation

Tools for ministering to young adults, such as starting a parish young adult ministry, leading a small group, etc.

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Youth Minister Orientation

Training for newly-hired youth ministers including: archdiocesan history and structure, USCCB priorities, sustainable models, pastoral care, etc.

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Youth Minister Advent and Lent Retreats

Opportunities for revitalization in ministry, including spiritual direction and mentoring.

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Youth Minister Annual Retreat and Work Day

Opportunities for building community and revitalization in ministry.

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Youth Minister Fall and Spring Gatherings

Training and networking for all youth ministers of the archdiocese.

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Youth Minister Spanish Immersion Training

Specialized track at the Hispanic Youth Camp, including an assigned mentor.

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Youth Minister Special Trainings

Training and networking for all youth ministers of the archdiocese.

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