Ministry Leadership Courses

Our Catechist Training Courses focus on content and teaching methods. This page lists the courses we offer on for home educators. As Catholic Education is all education through the lens of Catholicism, this section will eventually have courses that are not strictly catechetical.

CAT201: The General Directory for Catechesis

Instructor: Colette Lienhard, M.A.

This course reviews the General Directory for Catechesis, as well as classroom ideas for implementing the pastoral document in a parish or school setting.

Classes include: Preaching the Gospel, Evangelization, Catechesis, Norms and Criteria, Pedagogy and Methodology, Those to be Catechized, Catechesis in Special Situations, The Ministry of Catechesis, Loci and Means of Catechesis, Organizing Catechesis

CAT202: Teaching the Faith: Part 1 (Apostles to Apologists)

Instructor: Colette Lienhard, M.A.
Referencing the writings of Scripture and Church Fathers, this course studies how the Church taught, and the importance of its teaching from the Old and New Testament tradition through the early Apologists. 

Classes include: Catechesis in Scripture - The Old Testament, Catechesis in Scripture - The New Testament, The Didache, The Heresy of Gnosticism, The Canon of Scriptures, The Apostolic Fathers, The Apologists (Part 1): Justin Martyr, The Apologists (Part 2): Irenaeus, Tertullian & Origen, The Apologists (Part 3): Hippolytus, Classroom Applications

CAT203: Teaching the Faith: Part 2 (The Great Catechists)

Instructor: Colette Lienhard, M.A.

Referencing the writings of various Church Fathers, this course studies how the Church taught, and the importance of protecting its teaching from the Gnostics and Arians through the writings of the Great Catechists.

Classes include: The Heresy of Arianism, Foes of Arianism, The Great Catechists (Part 1): John Chrysostom and Vincent of Lerins, The Great Catechists (Part 2): Augustine of Hippo, The Catechumenate of Old, The Catechumenate Today, The First Seven Ecumenical Councils, The Middle Ages, St. Thomas Aquinas, Classroom Applications

CAT204: Teaching the Faith: Part 3 (Reformation to Present)

Instructor: Colette Lienhard, M.A.
Using catechetical documents, this course addresses how the Church teaches as well as pastoral challenges for teaching the faith from the time of the Reformation to the present day.

Classes include: The Reformation, Catechesis and Catechisms, The Council of Trent, The Catechism of the Council of Trent (The Roman Catechism), Modern Catechetical Trends (Part 1), Modern Catechetical Trends (Part 2), The Catechism of the Catholic Church, The General Directory for Catechesis, Modern Catechetical Movements, Classroom Applications

AFF216: Faith Formation: Youths and Adults

Instructor: Romano Kidd, M.A.

This course looks at the faith development of those who will be, and in fact already are the future of the Church. This course addresses not only the needs of Youths and Adults, but also discusses ways to form them into true leaders of the Church, including meeting the needs of their parish. Ideal for parents, youth ministers and catechists of children in junior high, high school and young adults.

Classes include: Introduction to Faith Development, Stages of Faith Development, Faith Development for Adolescents, Faith Development for Young Adults, Faith Development for Adults, Faith Development for Converts, Faith Development for Diverse Groups, Faith Development in Relation to Other Faiths, Developing Leaders, Meeting the Needs of a Parish


AFF230: The Church

Instructor: +Kenneth Whitehead, Ph.D (hon)

By studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Second Vatican Council documents, we can deepen our understanding of the Catholic Church.  This course is ideal for adults, RCIA instructors, and Confirmation Teachers/Students.

Classes include: The Nature of the Church, The Constitution of the Church, The Church is One, The Church is Holy, The Church is Catholic, The Church is Apostolic, The Hierarchy, Members of the Church, The Communion of Saints, Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church

MIN110: Parish Program Coordinator

Instructor: Colette Lienhard, M.A.

Classes include: Parish Program Coordinator, Employment Policies and Procedures, Catechetical Coordinator Policies and Procedures, Program Vision/Mission, The Parish Catechists, Catechist Records and Training, Student Records and Parent Communications, Childhood Development and Education Guidelines, Learning Styles, Textbooks and Resources

MIN141: RCIA and its Rites

Instructor: Colette Lienhard, M.A.

RCIA is an unique program that requires both a knowledge of correct administration, as well as the liturgical rites celebrated throughout the program and liturgical year. This course is designed to call attention to what is necessary canonically and pragmatically.

Classes include: The Catechumenate of Old vs. Today, The Church's Best Kept Secret, Period of Evangelization and Pre-Catechumenate, The Catechumenate, Purification and Enlightenment, Celebration of the Sacrament of Initiation, Mystagogy, Exceptional Cases, Administrative Duties for the RCIA Coordinator, Selecting your RCIA Team 


MIN144: Training Catechetical Leaders

Instructor: Romano Kidd, M.A.

This course is designed for those who will training classroom catechists for ministry.  Ideal for any Director of Religious Education or for any catechist who wants to "brush up" on their skills for ministry.

Classes include: Training Adults, Recruiting: Volunteers, Recruiting: Participation, Leading a Faith Formation Program, Training: Trainers/Catechists, Training: Principles of learning, Training: Challenges and Concerns, Keeping the Fire Alive, Mystagogy: Not just for RCIA, The Great Commission

MIN145: Leadership in Ministry

Instructor: Romano Kidd, M.A.

This course is designed for those who serve as leaders in ministry. This course looks at leadership models and theories to advance leadership training in your catechetical program.

Classes include: Leadership Styles, Leading Others, Mentorship, Communication, Moral Leadership, Team Building (Community), Liturgical Leader, Social Justice Leader, Ecumenical Leader, Jesus the Model of Leadership