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Emmaus Institute


DMC 2020 – Learning the Great Story

Emmaus Student Portal – 

How to begin your online faith formation learning, click here.

(Currently due to the pandemic, only online courses will be offered).



The goal of the Emmaus Institute is to support and form catechists and ministry leaders who are faithful and joyful disciples of Jesus in the midst of His Church and who are equipped to disciple others in their relationship with Jesus.


The Emmaus Institute supports the Diocese of Orange in the mission of Evangelization. In a World where there are great diversities (cultural, generational, economic, social and spiritual), the importance of continuous formation of Lay Ministers is vital. Therefore, the Institute seeks to provide opportunities in Lay Ministry Formation leading to various certification programs. The Institute seeks to cultivate and support this formation through spiritual, theological, and pastoral formation studies. It also seeks to equip the local communities of faith to broaden the impact of the Gospel through collaboration with other parishes, academic institutions and other dioceses.


The Emmaus Institute programs is open to all adults.
• Catechists
• Catholic School Educators
• Youth Ministers
• Confirmation Coordinators
• Faith Formation Ministers
• Volunteers
• Diaconate Aspirants and Candidates


Certifies Catechists and Master Catechists; Trains adults in effectively teaching the Bible;  Prepares adults to minister with a deeper understanding of Catholic spirituality;  Provides theology, scripture and ministry courses for Catholic adults;  Offers leadership formation for parish ministers;  Strives to network parish ministers with one another

Basic Certification is a process through which a person gains the necessary knowledge and skills to communicate effectively the basic Christian message.

Re-Certification is the process of renewing basic certification after the initial four year period.

Master Catechist Certification  is an advanced certification in theological foundations. This certification provides students with a firm foundation in the Roman Catholic Tradition and it’s designed for professional and ministerial educators.

Online Learning through our partnership with Catechetical Institute – Franciscan University.


Fr. Alfred Stephen Baca, Director

Evangelization & Faith Formation



Katie Dawson, Director

Parish Evangelization & Faith Formation



Sister Adriane Torrisi, SDSH, Consultant

Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


Viridiana Serrano, Administrative Assistant