Certificate in Ministry with Graduate Theological Studies

Pathways to leadership in ministry or the permanent diaconate

… a four year part-time program offering qualifications in Ministry Formation Studies and Graduate Theological Studies. The program ensures integrated development of human, spiritual, pastoral and intellectual qualities for leadership in ministry.  

Ministry Formation Studies complemented by Graduate Theological studies [ACU online] is a pathway into leadership in ministry or the permanent diaconate.
You may already be leading in your work and/or faith community and aspire to offer your skills to build up the community of faith.

You may already be working in a secular area such as education, social work, health, business, management, public service, communications, financial management, music, community development or youth work.

 Cert Ministry, Grad studies Theology - update 11jul14.pdf


Permanent Diaconate

If you are a man who has completed a Year of Inquiry and discernment in the Ministry Formation Program Certificate in Ministry with Graduate Theological Studies [online ACU] you may be considered for the Pathway to the Permanent Diaconate.
You will require the recommendation of your parish priest regarding your suitability to begin diaconal formation. You cannot self-select for this program.
The Year of Inquiry is a period of discernment and does not indicate automatic acceptance for candidature to the diaconate.

Diaconal Formation and the process of application for candidacy and ordination to the permanent diaconate will be under the authority of the Bishop and according to the Adelaide Archdiocesan Policy for the Permanent Diaconate.

 Permanent Diaconate - 11jul14.pdf


Certificate in Practical Ministry

Pathways to a wide variety of roles in parish or community

... a two year part-time program designed to provide essential skills for active contribution to the life of your parish or community, growth in personal faith, knowledge in biblical studies and our Catholic tradition.

People who select this course may choose to focus on a role as

  • Parish pastoral council member
  • Family ministry team member
  • Prayer group leader
  • Liturgy coordinator or team member
  • Leader of Liturgy of the Word for children
  • Funeral preparation team member
  • Reader of the Word
  • Visitor to the sick or housebound
  • Parish secretary
  • School board member
  • Neighbourhood pastoral team member
  • Social justice group leader

Or actively contribute to one of the many Apostolic lay movements or associations in this Archdiocese.

 Certificate Practical Ministry - update 11jul14.pdf


Advanced Certificate in Practical Ministry

The Advanced Certificate in Practical Ministry is for graduates of the Certificate in Practical Ministry who are considering, or who are already engaged in, a particular ministry and who wish to collaborate in parish or community leadership.  This advanced program continues with a practical focus on leadership qualities and skills in parish or community settings offering the opportunity for a further two years of and personal and spiritual formation, education and pastoral skills development.

 MFP Adv Cert Prac Min - applic final24oct14.pdf