A Program of Formation and Graduate Education for Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Responding to Archbishop Etienne’s call to revitalize the crucial role of lay ministers in the Church, the Archdiocese of Seattle is calling forth qualified candidates, assisting in their discernment, providing human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation, and supporting them with continuing formation. We are collaborating with Catholic institutions to offer the opportunity to grow in their ability to serve the Church.

Christifideles offers formation and education for lay leaders through a partnership between the Archdiocese of Seattle and Catholic institutions to offer:

  • Certification in youth and young adult ministry
  • Master of Science in Church Management (Villanova University, application for this cohort now closed)
  • Spiritual support through spiritual direction, accompaniment, and retreats
  • Community building through interaction and collaboration with other ministers

Graduates are well positioned to serve in roles such as:

  • Youth and Young Adult Ministries
  • Faith Formation
  • Hispanic Ministry
  • Parish Administration
Transform the way you serve

A cohort is a community of students who move through formation together even though they may attend different programs.

Once you apply to become part of the cohort, you will then apply to your graduate or certificate program. Please read about these programs below for deadlines and more details.

Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry

The 15-month Youth and Young Adult certificate program explores the current framework of youth and young adult ministry in context with Partners in the Gospel. Curriculum includes outreach projects at the end of each session, and equips ministers for successful youth ministry and young adult programs within the parish family setting.

For current and future youth and young adult ministers, and others who will minister to these age groups. Participants experience class as a cohort within the Christifideles program and will also benefit from retreats, evenings of reflection, and other Christifideles activities.

More information about the certificate in youth and young adult ministry

Application is now closed. For questions contact Kimberly Abadir, Director of Youth Ministry Services.

Partnerships with Catholic Institutions

Santa Clara University: Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries

Receive a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries, with optional emphasis in: Restorative Justice & Chaplaincy; Latina/o Ministries; or Youth and Young Adult Ministries.  This synchronous program is offered in a hybrid format, with three in-person sessions and six-seven online sessions.

  • Next cohort for Santa Clara in Fall of 2025

Villanova: Master of Science in Church Management

An 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.

Questions?  Contact Deacon Eric Paige via email or call 206-382-4864.
Lay Ecclesial Minister Formation