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Institute for Ministry Are You Ready to Get “Certified”? Two new certificates expand opportunities to study and teach theology, spread the faith. Tamra Fromm, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management T his past fall, the Institute for Ministry (IFM) and the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Office for Evangelization and Catechesis collaborated towards the purpose of offering an academic program that would serve as a component of the requirements for catechists and lay ecclesial ministers to achieve archdiocesan certification. This collaboration led to the creation of the new Certificate in Catholic Theology (CCT). twenty-seven foundational topics in theology and practical application of ministry that are required for catechist certification. Topic sessions are offered at the seminary in June and during the year at parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit. Students who complete the six courses also earn academic credit and can use the CCT as a platform for future studies in another academic program, such as the Basic Diploma in Catholic Theology, an Associate of Arts in Ministry, Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Pastoral Theology or Philosophy, or even toward a portion of the pre-requisite courses required for admission to a master-level degree. The Certificate in Catholic Theology/ Certificado en Teología Cathólica also is offered completely in Spanish for those who minister in the growing number of parish communities with Hispanic Catholics. Currently, twentysix students are enrolled in the program with seventeen of these planning to graduate with the certificate this spring. Creative Collaboration Catechists jump to “first level” certification by earning the new Certificate in Catholic Theology. The CCT consists of six undergraduate courses (thirteen credit-hours) in theology, Sacred Scripture, liturgy and sacraments, ecclesiology, spirituality, and moral theology. Lay ecclesial ministers seeking to earn archdiocesan certification can earn the entire theological portion of their professional, or first, level of certification through completing the CCT. • Certificate in Catholic Theology • Catechists who wish to become certified as catechists can complete the six courses for the CCT and thereby earn credit for sixteen of the 28 MOSAIC Sean Calvin, associate director for ministerial certification for the archdiocese, is enthused about this new collaborative program. “As a graduate of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, I am thrilled to be working so closely with the great people in the Institute for Ministry. Together, we are working toward a common goal of forming people to serve in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit. “As we move forward,” Sean says, “I am looking forward to the creative and innovative ways in which we can continue to offer the best programs and formation to our lay ministers, catechists, Catholic school religion teachers, and others.” Sacred Heart’s rector, Msgr. Todd Lajiness, and Dr. Janet Diaz, dean of the Institute for Ministry, echo this excitement about the joint efforts between the seminary and the archdiocese toward providing courses for catechetical and ministerial certification. Indeed, collaborative work continues