By SISTER GLADYS ECHENIQUE, O.P.
The first round of the Spanish Ministry Certification Level I Program was completed in May. This program is designed to prepare individuals for ministerial roles in their parishes. This is the broadest of all training programs that the Office of Hispanic Ministry is offering in Spanish. It has practical appeal to address lay people. It provides a general education for ministry, covering a wide range of areas of expertise such as:
Spiritual Formation– six hours (Retreat Option), Scripture – six hours: Introduction to the Bible- Introduction to the Old Testament- Introduction to New Testament
Theology Foundations – 12 hours: Christology- Ecclesiology- Creed- Mary & The Saints- Cultural Diversity and Faith Expression- Catholic Identity.
Liturgy and Sacraments – 10 hours: Liturgy – Celebration and Ritual- Sacraments of initiation: Baptism and Confirmation- Sacraments of Initiation: Eucharist- Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing- Sacraments of Christian Vocation
Christian Morality – 8 hours: Moral Principals- Formation of Conscience- Social Mission of the Church- Beatitudes.
Methodology – 10 hours- Human and Faith- Development- Communication Skills- Management Skills /or Leadership Management Skills- Leadership- Safe Environment and Internet Use- Mandatory Reporting Law in Arizona- Personal Safety Education Program- Boundaries & Burnout /or Collaboration/ or Lay Ministry.
The curriculum consisted of 52 hours and it was based on the framework of two-hour sessions per topic with the exception of the Spiritual Formation segment.
Some of the students that participated in the Ministry Certification Level I Program were involved in ministries in their parishes. Others are preparing to become more involved in the Church. The program offered opportunities for each person’s spiritual development. At the same time it gives the knowledge and skills for various pastoral ministries.
The sessions were offered in the Yuma-La Paz, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Pima South Vicariates and the instructors included Deacons and Lay Ecclesial Ministers. I am very grateful for their commitment to teach our faith during these classes. We will be offering the second round of Spanish Ministry Certification Level I Program next August to November.
For the names of those who will receive their certificates in the next few weeks, see page 17.