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Emmaus Institute



The Emmaus Institute is in development 2019-2020. 

The mission of the Emmaus Institute will be to equip and empower catechists and pastoral leaders to evangelize and form missionary disciples.

Emmaus Institute which has replaced IPM moves toward its official opening on July 1, 2020. No new catechetical formation classes will be provided in the interim.


The Institute seeks to cultivate and support faith formation through spiritual, theological and pastoral studies. Lay ministry formation opportunities that are available range from basic formation to various advance certification programs. 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

WHAT WE PROVIDE – currently in development

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.

Advanced Certifications:

Master Catechist Certification:



Fr. Alfred Stephen Baca, Director

Evangelization & Faith Formation


Sister Adriane Torrisi, SDSH, Consultant

Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


Fr. Juan Navarro, Consultant

Evangelization & Faith Formation




Karlo Campana, Administrative Assistant




Jessica Galaviz, Program & Marketing Coordinator




An important message from Bishop Freyer about the Institute for Pastoral Ministry

Society and the Church have changed dramatically in the past years. In our present time, we need a different entity that will form our catechists and teachers to create missionary disciples. It is our plan to move the Institute for Pastoral Ministry in a new direction in the coming months as we respond to and train toward the goals of our faith formation and evangelization priorities.

Bishop Vann is appointing Rev. Al Baca to the new position of director of the Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation, effective July 1. Fr. Baca will be overseeing the creation of a new catechetical entity that will guide our mission of evangelization in our age: specifically keeping in mind Pope Francis’s exhortation to become “Missionary Disciples.”

The October Diocesan Ministries Celebration will continue to be held and all courses presently being taught will continue. The future ordination dates for Deacon candidates will not be impacted, however course offerings may change. Additionally, catechists certification will be extended for an additional year to bridge the gap while the new entity is being designed and established. No new catechetical formation classes will be provided in the interim.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie Dawson at and/or Rev. Alfred Baca


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