Loyola Institute for Ministry offers online, on-campus, and extension students certificates that earn continuing education units (CEUs). Options include two 36 CEU certificates, one 18 CEU certificate, one 12 CEU advanced certificate. Extension (onsite) students may also pursue the 18 CEU Spanish language certificate.
Certificate in Religious Education (CRE) ׀ Certificate in Pastoral Studies (CPS) ׀ Certificate in Theology and Ministry ׀ Certificate in Catholic Social Teaching | Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Studies ׀ Advanced Certificate in Religious Education | Certificación de Educación Continua en Teología y Ministerio | Request more information
When speaking about the “beautiful profession" of teaching, Pope Francis notes that “[o]n a professional level it is important to update teaching skills [...], but teaching is not just a job: it is a relationship in which each teacher must feel fully involved as a person, to give meaning to the educational task towards their students” (Address to UCIIM). Lay ministers working in variety of religious education contexts work to promote within their students a sense of identity, reverence, and responsibility for life and the sacred. The Certificate in Religious Education provides educators with a broad and in-depth exploration of the field. The coursework combines the development of confidence and creativity in working out curricula and gives practice in crafting effective learning processes. Pursuing a Certificate in Religious Education provides individuals with a set of multi-disciplinary perspectives and methodologies to enrich their practice while at the same time earning a credential from an institution with a long-standing reputation for excellence in education and ministerial formation.
Christians are called to ”[g]o into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) through their everyday lives at home, work, and the larger communities to which they belong. Lay people working in variety of contexts including parishes, schools, diocesan offices, secular workplaces, or in the helping professions of medicine and social work can develop the theological and spiritual grounding necessary to become wiser and more effective ministers and leaders as they proclaim the Good News through their words and actions. Pursuing a Certificate in Pastoral Studies allows adults to gain specific competencies in the focus area of their choice while earning a credential from an institution with a long-standing reputation for excellence in education and ministerial formation.
“[S]tudying theology means living on the frontier, one in which the Gospel meets the needs of the people to whom it should be proclaimed in an understandable and meaningful way,” wrote Pope Francis in 2015. The Certificate in Theology and Ministry helps students to understand and apply theology in a practical way to their ministry, enabling them to step out onto the frontier of which Pope Francis speaks. With a grounding in Scripture, foundational theologies, and sacrament, students deepen their own understanding of and relationship to God and are better prepared to serve others in their ministries.
Practical theology focuses on the application of our faith our ways of being and acting in the world; Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is doctrine related to issues of human dignity and the common good in society, ideas that help us to live faithfully and justly as we address oppression, the role of the state, subsidiarity, social organization, concern for social justice, and issues of wealth distribution in our communities. Indeed, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds us: "The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society" ("Seven Themes"). The Certificate in Catholic Social Teaching grounds students in the foundational documents and core teachings related to CST, supports their exploration of how to be more Christ-like, and prepares them to engage more fully with their communities.
Christians are called to serve one another over a lifetime as they partner with God to realize his kingdom in the here and now. Developing the skills and knowledge that accompany such lifetime service can be a challenge, especially as one’s ministry changes. The US Catholic Bishops note the value of "lay persons who have prepared for professional ministry in the Church" (Called and Gifted). The Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies helps to prepare students to develop their understanding of themselves and particular areas of service as they deepen their spirituality and earn a further credential. Those who have already earned a 36 CEU credential from the Institute for Ministry or a similar credential may pursue this certificate.
The Advanced Certificate in Religious Education is designed for teachers who have the theology degree needed to work in most Catholic high schools, but would like to know more about curriculum development and pedagogy. This 12-credit hour credential enables teachers, as well as parish directors of religious education or catechetical leaders, to be curriculum specialists and leaders in their schools or departments and serve as important resources for their colleagues.
Learn about this certificate program conducted for students in the extension (LIMEX onsite) program that is conducted wholly in Spanish GO»