Certificate in Faith and Culture
The Certificate in Faith and Culture program is rooted in the same course offerings as the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture degree program. If you don’t want to pursue an advanced degree in Faith and Culture, a certificate program may be the better option. It can be completed with half the credit hours and allows you to enrich your academic or professional career while earning a recognized credential.
Certificate in John Paul II Studies
This 18-hour program includes the online study and overview of the life and thought of Saint John Paul II through his writings.
Family Life Certificate
Family Life touches all areas of ministry in the Church. An identified outcome of the 2015 Synod on the Family was the urgent need for integrated, systematic, pastoral formation in Family Life Lay Ecclesial Ministry. In response to this need, The Nesti Center for Faith & Culture at the University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with the Office of Family Life Ministry, will be offering a new, archdiocesan approved program of formation in Family Life Ministry beginning with the fall 2021 semester.
Specifically designed through the lens of A Family Perspective in Church and Society (USCCB, 2000), this multi-dimensional program includes solid theological and updated pastoral formation for those seeking to deepen their understanding of God’s intended purpose for marriage and family life, while preparing them to guide and serve families in professional lay ecclesial ministry.
The Certificate in Family Life Ministry is offered in two tracks: 1) as an area of concentration within the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture, or 2) as a post- baccalaureate certificate of professional ministerial formation (non-Master’s track). The seven-module program integrates strong dialogue skills with theological formation, reflection opportunities, pastoral considerations and challenges. In-depth analysis of family systems, families across the lifecycle and family/community partnership resources provide practical insight in accompaniment through ministry. As an additional advantage, courses will be offered in person and online.
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