Pope Francis has called on the Church to form missionary disciples for the New Evangelization. In response, the Diocese of Orange has developed a program of studies and formation.

The program is part of a pastoral strategy to ignite the Catholic faith in Southern California and build up a civilization of love. You are invited to participate in this course—part of a larger program—that will prepare lay leaders and others for this vital work.

The new program prepares students for ministry, pastoral leadership and taking an active role in the New Evangelization. Students will have a unique opportunity to learn from expert theologians.

Students also will learn practical pastoral and ministerial management skills from active clerics, and become steeped in the faith, knowledge and passion that is driving the New Evangelization.

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Successful completion of the graduate program will be applied to a Certificate in Evangelization and to our future Master of Arts in Catholic Evangelization in Orange program, which is in the process of accreditation.

Scripture and Evangelization: Major Theological Themes, Figures and Biblical Events in Genesis through Kings


Dates: Saturdays, June 1 and 15, July 13 and 20, August 3, 10, 17 and 24
Times: 8-11:50am

Location: Christ Cathedral Campus / 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Special summer pricing: $400 per course, $375 for diocesan employees or auditors.

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Church History: The First Millennium


Dates: Mondays, 7-9pm from June 3 through August 12; Monday, 6:30-9:20pm, August 19 and 26; Monday, 7-9pm, September 9

Location: Christ Cathedral Campus / 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Special summer pricing: $400 per course, $375 for diocesan employees or auditors.

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For more information, contact Maria Storrs at NewEvangelization@rcbo.org or fill out the form below

Frequently Asked Questions


  • At the present time, anyone can take a course. Once the satellite location is approved by the accrediting body, there will be a formal application process. A Bachelor’s Degree will be required for full credit
  • The program will be modified as a certificate program for those who don’t have a minimum of a BA/BS. The courses are also available for audit. At this point, all students will be charged the same reduced (by half) rate for the course

  • There is no formal application process at this time. If you would like to register for the first course, please contact Jackie Sherman at 1-805-482-2755 ext. 1015or email evangelization@stjohnsem.edu

  • There is no tuition assistance at this time, though we anticipate assistance will be available for future semesters
  • However, the first course is being offered at a reduced (by half) rate

  • The program is in the process of applying for accreditation.

  • Students will be able to pace themselves. We hope to be a full-time program in 2-3 years, adding courses each semester
  • The program will require the completion of 44 units – while students may complete the program at their own pace, completing in two years requires 4 courses or 8 units a term, three terms a year for each year of the program. Each two credit course will meet for two hours a week and require about six hours of preparation. This means that 4 courses a semester will require more than 40 hour week commitment. Working professions are recommended to complete the program in four years – two courses a semester

  • The first course will require 1-3 hours of additional study per week

  • No. Students are able to pace themselves according to their personal schedules

  • Most likely. If you have a preferred schedule, please send us your feedback

  • Books and materials are additional costs

  • Class times and days will vary in the future

  • TBD. Enrollment for the first course will cap at 25

  • Yes, however materials and tests will be available in Spanish

  • We hope to offer some courses in Spanish in the future. We are aiming to make it possible to get the bibliography in Spanish and test in Spanish for many classes

  • That depends on the instructor for this first course. But if someone is anticipating missing a lot of classes, we suggest waiting for the next time that the course is offered

  • Not at the moment

  • No

If you have recieved enrollment confirmation and would like to make an online payment towards your course, please fill out the payment form.

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