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1 MASTER CATECHIST Certification Program Higher Learning. Awareness. Knowledge. Institute for Pastoral Ministry Pastoral Center Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, CA Phone: (714) Fax: (714) The Master Catechist Cer fica on Program is par ally funded by Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA).

2 DIOCESE OF ORANGE INSTITUTE FOR PASTORAL MINISTRY CHAPMAN AVENUE GARDEN GROVE, CALIFORNIA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) April 10, 2012 Dear Student: Thank you for your interest in the Master Catechist Program. The program is one of many that the Institute for Pastoral Ministry offers in its effort to provide the best formation to the people of God in the Diocese of Orange! We are dedicated to providing a welcoming, supportive and enriching environment where outstanding formation will take place. The Master Catechist Program is designed to provide an in-depth study beyond the basics. It does this by offering a comprehensive formation model which includes awareness, knowledge and skills required for today s church leaders. The contribution to the fine quality of the program comes from our faculty. They are a group of professional men and women dedicated to the mission of teaching. All have had hands on experience and some have attained doctorates while others have masters in their respective fields. This program will not only provide adequate formation necessary but will also offer a superb training experience. We hope that you will consider the Institute for Pastoral Ministry s programs as a way to foster your love, passion and excitement for sharing the Good News in Christ. Thank you again for your interest in the Master Catechist Program. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Sincerely, Olivia Cornejo, Director Institute for Pastoral Ministry Diocese of Orange

3 Table of Contents Master Catechist Cer fica on Guidelines.. 1 Master Catechist Applica on.. 3 Master Catechist Observa on Form (Observer). 6 Master Catechist Post Observa on Form (Candidate) 8 Master Catechist Cateche cal Project 9 Master Catechist Project Proposal Form.. 11 Scholarship Applica on 12 University of Dayton Master Catechist Equivalencies. 14 Winter 2014 Summer 2016 Schedule*.. 16 * Course schedule is subject to change. DIOCESE OF ORANGE

4 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) The Institute for Pastoral Ministry (IPM) has the responsibility for administering certification programs for catechists in the Diocese of Orange. The certification program was reaffirmed by the California Conference of Catholic Bishop in the recent revised document Guidelines for Formation and Certificate of Catechists and Master Catechists (May 2009). It is this document that forms the foundation of the certification process within the Diocese of Orange and provides for a professional approach to the teaching of religion and the formation of faith. MASTER CATECHIST CERTIFICATION GUIDELINES The Institute for Pastoral Ministry offers an advanced certification in theological foundations, the Master Catechist Certification. This certification provides students with a firm foundation in the Roman Catholic Tradition. This program is designed for professional and ministerial educators. The Master Catechist Certificate consists of three levels: Initial, Intermediate and Advanced. The program proceeds by levels so that students might proceed at a reasonable pace. Students must formally apply and be accepted into this program. Classes are available at the Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center, at select parish sites and online through University of Dayton (UD). Scholarships for classes taken through IPM are also available for those in need of financial assistance. Master Catechist class schedule, University of Dayton schedule, UD equivalencies and scholarship application can be found on our website at Qualities of a Master Catechist Persons who desire to become a Master Catechists should have: A strong awareness of the working of God s grace in their lives and a growing faith-life in response to that grace A personal commitment to Jesus Christ, who is the center of the Catholic message A strong understanding of Catholic teaching and love for the Church evidenced by a personal commitment to: - Catechize within the Roman Catholic tradition, in light of Vatican II and post conciliar documents and according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church - Participate actively and regularly in the Church s liturgical and sacramental life - A deepened and active prayer life - A respect for the diversity of all members of God s family REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER CATECHIST APPLICANTS Requirement for Master Catechist Applicants Valid Basic Certification Submit Application for Master Catechist Certification along with: - Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the pastor) - Autobiographical Sketch (1-2) pages addressing the following topics: How you became involved in ministry Your personal and spiritual growth and how that has affected your faith life Your reasons for wanting to obtain Master Catechist Certification (goals, objectives, etc.) Any insights into your personal situation that you feel would be pertinent - Copy of College Transcripts (upon request) - Copy of Certification Certificate (upon request) Interview with IPM Director (IPM Office will contact applicant after receiving Application, Letters of Recommendation and Autobiographical Sketch) Master Catechist Guidelines 1

5 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER CATECHIST CANDIDATES Beyond academic work, an observation, retreat and project is required at each level. Initial Level upon completion of initial level requirements, Master Catechist Certification Initial Level Certificate is granted valid for four (4) years. Requirements for Initial Level: R100 Catholic Approach to the Hebrew Scriptures R120 Catholic Approach to the Christian Scriptures R220 Liturgy and Sacraments in the Catholic Tradition R235 Ecclesiology R300 Introduction to Catholic Moral Theology R310 Introduction to Catholic Spiritual Life R340 Catholic Social Teaching M229 Leadership in Parish Ministry M308 Faith Development M197 Catechetical Observation M198 Catechetical Seminar One advanced method or ministry course M199 Catechetical Project R319 Retreat Intermediate Level upon completion of Intermediate Level requirements, Master Catechist Certification Intermediate Level Certificate is granted, valid for four (4) years. Requirements for Intermediate Level:, Two theology elective courses, Two methods elective courses M197 Catechetical Observation M199 Catechetical Project R319 Retreat Advanced Level upon completion of Advanced Level requirements, Master Catechist Certification Advanced Level Certificate is granted, valid for ten (10) years. Requirements for Advanced Level:, Two theology elective courses, Two methods elective courses M197 Catechetical Observation M199 Catechetical Project R319 Retreat Master Catechist Recertification To renew Master Catechist Initial, Intermediate or Advanced Level Certification, fifty (50) hours of continuing faith education and formation, observation and an approved project must be submitted before certification expires. 2 Master Catechist Guidelines

6 13280 CHPAMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) MASTER CATECHIST APPLICATION GENERAL INFORMATION Last: First: Middle: Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY): / / Male: Female: Address: City: Home Phone: Parish: Zip: Cell Phone: Are you a Catholic School Teacher: Yes: No: If yes, name of School: Position: Are you a staff at a Catholic Organization: Yes: No: If yes, name of Organization / Parish: Position: High School Name of School: Location: GENERAL EDUCATION Graduation Date: Post High School Education List in chronological order (most recent first) all colleges, universities, and accredited institutions attended, date of attendance and degree or certification obtained. Name of Institute: Major: Name of Institute: Major: Name of Institute: Major: Date of Attendance: Degrees received/expected: Date of Attendance: Degrees received/expected: Date of Attendance: Degrees received/expected: FAITH & MINISTRY FORMATION Do you have a valid California Catechist Certification (Basic Certification)? Yes: No: If yes, what Diocese: Date of Expiration: Please attach copy of certificate. If no, are you working towards certification: Yes: No: Have you been previously certified as a Master Catechist: Yes: No: If yes, what Diocese: Date of Expiration: Please attach copy of certificate. Master Catechist Application 3

7 13280 CHPAMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) Briefly describe your ministry experience involvement including ministry, parish and dates. Parish: Ministry: Dates: Describe: Parish: Ministry: Dates: Describe: Parish: Ministry: Dates: Describe: Parish: Ministry: Dates: Describe: How long have you been a member of your parish? Briefly describe your relationship to your pastor/administrator/pastoral coordinator? Have you discussed your interest in Master Catechist Certification with your pastor/administrator/pastoral coordinator? REFERENCES Please list two references that will be able to make some assessments of your readiness for this program. Name: Relation to you: Phone: Name: Relation to you: Phone: Master Catechist Application 4

8 13280 CHPAMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) Requirements for Master Catechist Applicants: Valid Basic Certification Submit Application for Master Catechist Certification along with: - Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the pastor) - Autobiographical Sketch (1-2) pages addressing the following topics: How you became involved in ministry Your personal and spiritual growth and how that has affected your faith life Your reasons for wanting to obtain Master Catechist Certification (goals, objectives, etc.) Any insights into your personal situation that you feel would be pertinent - Copy of College Transcripts (upon request) - Copy of Certification Certificate (upon request) Interview with IPM Director (IPM Office will contact applicant after receiving Application, Letters of Recommendation and Autobiographical Sketch) I give permission for the Institute for Pastoral Ministry to review my application information and to contact references listed and hereby release all entities from any liability for providing such references. I hereby certify that the information given in this application is correct and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I agree to observe and conform to all rules and guidelines of the Institute for Pastoral Ministry. I understand that there is a discernment process involved in the selection of Master Catechists, and that the granting of a certificate is not automatic upon completion of academic coursework. Signature of Applicant: Date: Mail Application, Letters of Recommendation and Autobiographical Sketch to: Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center IPM Master Catechist Program Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA Master Catechist Application 5

9 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) MASTER CATECHIST OBSERVATION This observation form is to be completed by a qualified individual evaluating the catechist-learner in a class setting. Observer must be approved by Institute for Pastoral Ministry. A. PRE-OBSERVATION This form is to be given to the person evaluating the candidate for certification. We encourage both the evaluator and the candidate to study this form in order to make the process as valuable as possible. CANDIDATE INFORMATION Name: Phone: Parish: OBSERVER INFORMATION Name: Phone: Parish: Student ID#: Position: B. OBSERVATION GENERAL INFORMATION - Lesson plan must be attached to this form. Date of observation: Location (parish, center, etc.): Theme/Goal of Session: Describe the group to be observed: Number of students in group: CONTENT OF PRESENTATION What was the objective of the presentation? What is successfully carried out? How? Did the opening activity engage the interest and attention of the learners? How? How was the content presented (e.g. by lecture, PowerPoint, video, audio tape/cd, etc.) Comment on the method of presentation? What approach and materials/resources did the catechist use in developing the body of the lesson? Discussion was facilitated by what methods? Master Catechist Observation (Observer) 6

10 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) Faith Sharing was facilitated by what methods? How was the lesson concluded? Did learners have an opportunity to respond? How? How was the catechist s preparation and current knowledge of the subject matter shown in this lesson? Did the catechist exhibit knowledge and basic understanding of Church teaching? GENERAL OVERVIEW Environment/Atmosphere: Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Classroom Management Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Activities presented Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Use of Text & Teaching Techniques Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Prayer Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Audience participation, motivation, cooperation, interest etc. Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Candidate s skills in facilitating and/or presenting. Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Content Delivery Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Additional comments and/or on observation on any of the above: The catechist strengths are: The areas that need improvement are: Observer Signature: Date: Please send this form to: Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center IPM Master Catechist Program Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA Master Catechist Observation (Observer) 7

11 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) MASTER CATECHIST POST OBSERVATION This observation form is to be completed by the candidate after the observation has been completed. C. POST OBSERVATION CANDIDATE INFORMATION Name: Phone: Parish: OBSERVER INFORMATION Name: Phone: Parish: GENERAL INFORMATION Date of observation: Student ID#: Position: Location (parish, center, school etc.): SELF EVALUATION Did you achieve your objective? Yes? No? Why? What was done well? What could be improved? Candidate Signature: Date: Please send this form to: Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center IPM Master Catechist Program Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA Master Catechist Observation (Candidate) 8

12 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) MASTER CATECHIST CATECHETICAL PROJECT The Catechetical Project aims to give Master Catechist candidates an opportunity to concentrate on a specific aspect of catechetical ministry for theological reflection, detailed analysis, and self-evaluation. Its aim is threefold: to further the process of integration between academic course work, spirituality and parish ministry; to develop a process through which the candidate can discern the quality and effectiveness of parish catechetical work; and to provide catechists in other parishes with similar interests an opportunity to learn from the experience of others. It is required that the catechist consult with the director of IPM throughout the duration of completing the Master Catechist Project. This is to discuss and identify what will best contribute to the growth of the candidate s spirituality and ministerial skills. A proposal must be submitted to the IPM Office and must be approved before starting the Master Catechist Catechetical Project. After the IPM Office receives project proposal, our office will contact candidate for meeting to discuss the project. CATECHETICAL PROJECT OUTLINE The Catechetical Project consists of three parts. All pages must be typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font. The California Conference of Catholic Bishops requires that this project be equivalent to college level work. 1.) INTRODUCTION (2-3 pages) The introduction should contain the theological rationale for the project answering the following questions: i. Include a brief description of what you are doing? ii. Why did you choose to do this particular project? iii. What theological knowledge does this project call for? iv. What theological issues do you see raised by this project? v. Does the project fit in with previous theological education and preparation for ministry? vi. How do you plan to implement this project in your parish or ministry? 2.) PROJECT & IMPLEMENTATION (8-10 pages) A. Description of the Project i. Include a detailed description of the project and how you plan to implement this project in your parish or ministry? ii. Include significant characteristics or persons served by this project (Age level, socio-economic background, cultural background) B. The process of developing the project i. Task Responsibilities: State as completed and specifically as possible your responsibilities and duties in completing this project. Include both actual performance of duties and preparation time spent. Master Catechist Catechetical Project 9

13 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) ii. iii. Learning Goals: What did you hope to accomplish? What specific skills and knowledge were called for in this project? What skills did you develop? Be specific as possible. Staff Relationships: What other teachers or ministry team members did you work with? Describe your relationship and interaction with them How were they apprised of the nature of your project and what you were trying to accomplish? 3.) EVALUATION (2-3 pages) A. Personal Growth: i. What did you get out of this project for your personal growth? ii. What personal growth issues were raised? iii. What personal challenges did you encounter and how did you deal with them? B. Role of Supervisor: i. What was the role of the pastor, DRE, or religious education board in supervising your project? ii. How were you accountable to your supervisor(s)? iii. What kind of reports did you make? C. Feedback: i. What kinds of feedback did you get from your supervisor(s)? From the participants? From others you worked with? Be specific. D. Planning for the Future: i. Are there specific areas you would change to make this project better? (Methodology, implementation, resources, etc.) Why? Master Catechist Catechetical Project 10

14 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PHONE: (714) FAX: (714) MASTER CATECHIST CATECHETICAL PROJECT PROPOSAL A proposal must be submitted to the IPM Office and must be approved before starting the Master Catechist Catechetical Project. After the IPM Office receives project proposal, our office will contact candidate for meeting to discuss the project. Name: Phone: Parish: Student ID#: This project is for which level of Master Catechist Certification: Initial Level Intermediate Level Advance Level Brief description of your proposed project: Please attach a list of resources (e.g., bibliography, media resources etc.) you plan to use: Candidate Signature: Date: Please send this form to: Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center IPM Master Catechist Program Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA Master Catechist Catechetical Project 11

15 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PH: (714) FAX: (714) SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Application must be submitted at least two weeks prior the start of a course. Applications will not be considered for review if all questions are not completed. Completely fill out the application, list the specific course/workshops you would like to attend and sign the application. Completed and signed application only may be submitted to our office via , mail or fax, see page 2. Please do not submit registration form with scholarship application. Our office will review the application and get back to you within a week. Scholarship applications will not be reviewed if the course has begun or if you have registered for the course. First: Middle: Last: Address: City: State: Zip: Phone: Cell Home Work DOB (MM/DD/YYYY): Parish: ACTIVITIES IN FAITH COMMUNITY List your activities in religion education or other parish ministries. Please include name of ministry and briefly describe your involvement. EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION Are you currently employed: Yes No If yes: Full-Time Part-Time Are you a parish staff? Yes No If yes, which parish: Are you a staff at a Catholic organization? PERSONAL STATEMENT Why is it important for you to receive formation? Position: Yes No If yes, name of organization: Please explain your current financial situation and how this scholarship will help. Page 1 of 2

16 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA PH: (714) FAX: (714) SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST Please select the course you are requesting scholarship for and specify the location and starting date and affordable amount for that course. Scholarship applications will not be reviewed if the course has begun or if you have registered for the course. Basic Certification R210A Starting Date: Location: R210B Starting Date: Location: R210C Starting Date: Location: M100 M101 Starting Date: Location: Please specify which course, starting date and location for that course. Other R M Starting Date: Location: Amount Requesting: Total tuition amount: $ How much I can afford? $ Notes/Comments: I hereby certify that the information given in this application is correct and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I agree to observe and conform to all rules and regulations that apply to students of the Institute for Pastoral Ministry. Actual Signature Required. Signature of Applicant: Date: Print Name: Completed and Signed applications can be submitted to IPM via to fax to (714) or mailed to: IPM - Scholarship Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, CA Please Note: Approved scholarship does not guarantee enrollment until registration and remaining payment is received. Registrations are processed in the order they are received. All registration and any remaining payment must be received at least one week prior to the start of class or event. For office use only: IPM# Date Paid: Date Received: Total Cost: Sch. Amount Approved: Balance: Approved by: Payment Amount: Payment Type: Cash Outstanding Balance: Check# Credit Card Contact Student on date: In Person Notes: Noted in Sch. Log. Phone Left Message Page 2 of 2

17 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA (714) UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON EQUIVALENCIES - MASTER CATECHIST CERTIFICATION Current Schedule: go to Registration: Go to University of Dayton website create a profile and register for course. Cost: $50 for each course Please Note: Some University of Dayton classes are offered under more than one requirement. Each class you take can only offset one requirement, unless otherwise approved by Institute for Pastoral Ministry Office. Master Catechist Initial Level Requirements Institute for Pastoral Ministry Course R100 Catholic Approach to the Hebrew Scriptures R120 Catholic Approach to the Christian Scriptures R220 Liturgy and Sacraments R235 Church R300 Intro to Catholic Moral Theology R310 Intro to Catholic Spiritual Life R340 Catholic Social Teaching M229 Leadership in Parish Ministry M308 Faith Development M - One advance methods or ministry course M197 Catechetical Observation M198 Catechetical Seminar M199 Catechist Project M319 Retreat University of Dayton Equivalent Course Old Testament New Testament Take both of the following: Introduction to Liturgy Sacraments Take both of the following: Church History 1 & Church History 2 Or Take one of the following: Ecclesiology: Beginnings of the Church Ecclesiology: Pilgrim Church Introduction to Practical Morality No equivalency, take from IPM Take one of the following: Advance Catholic Social Teaching History of Catholic Social Action Parish and Social Action Poverty in the U.S. and Around the World Leadership in Ministry No equivalency, take from IPM Any course listed in methods elective in intermediate or advance level No equivalency,contact IPM Office for approval No equivalency, take from IPM No equivalency,contact IPM Office for approval No equivalency,contact IPM Office for approval Rev. 1/4/2016

18 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA (714) To ensure that you receive credit towards the intermediate & advance level electives, please contact the IPM office for approval before registering for a course. Master Catechist Intermediate Level Theology Elective Courses Bible Basics Conscience Ecclesiology: Beginnings of the Church Ecclesiology: Pilgrim Church Ecclesiology: Reframing Church Ecumenism and Parish Life Evangelization and Discipleship Introduction to Liturgy Introduction to Paul's Life and Letters Introduction to Practical Morality Islam Marianist Studies: Charism Marianist Studies: Founders Marianist Studies: Mary, Holy Possibility Marianist Studies: Social Justice RCIA Study of The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) Survey of Catholic Doctrine Survey of Catholic Social Teaching The Second Vatican Council: An Overview Vocation to Ministry (FLM) Methods Elective Courses Bereavement Ministry: A Christian Perspective Communication and Community (FLM) Disabilities in Parish Life: An Overview Introduction to Catechesis Introduction to Pastoral Care Marianist Studies: Leadership Parish Nurse: Facilitating Wholistic Health through the Lifespan Pastoral Approach to Culture (FLM) Planning Youth Ministry Events (YM) Prayer and Worship with Adolescents (YM) Praying with Children Principles for Addressing Diversity Issues in Youth Ministry Relational Ministry with Youth (YM) Master Catechist Advance Level Theology Elective Courses Advanced Catholic Social Teaching (SJ) Eucmenism and Parish Life History of Catholic Social Action Rev. 1/4/2016

19 13280 CHAPMAN AVE., GARDEN GROVE, CA (714) Mary in Scripture and Tradition Parish and Social Action (SJ) Poverty in the U.S. and Around the World RCIA Scripture and Justice Spirituality and Inclusive Faith Communities Study of The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) Vocation, Spirituality and Discipleship of Catechists Methods Elective Courses Bereavement Ministry: A Christian Perspective Designing a Parish Catechetical Plan Disabilities in Parish Life: An Overview Introduction to Pastoral Care Planning Youth Ministry Events (YM) Pastoral Approach to Culture If you have any questions regarding Master Catechist Certification, please contact Institute for Pastoral Ministry at: (714) Rev. 1/4/2016

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