The Emmaus

Mission Statement

The mission of the Emmaus Institute is to equip and empower catechists and pastor leaders to evangelize and form missionary disciples, in accordance with the Diocesan Strategic Plan.

Formation Classes to equip you to bring the Gospel to the world.

On the road to Emmaus, the disciples had an encounter with the Risen Jesus. In the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange the Emmaus Institute offers all Catholics and those seeking to learn more about the Catholic faith , a road map that will lead them to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. Live and online learning opportunities are available to all Catholics, specially to Catechists, Catholic school teachers and those serving in ministries in the Church.

The Emmaus Institute supports and forms Catechists, Catholic School Teachers, ministry leaders, seekers and learners to become faithful and joyful missionary disciples who are equipped to bring the saving Gospel to the world. Emmaus Institute, as mandated by the Diocese of Orange and the California Catholic Conference, provides certification for Catechists and Master Catechists.





Types of Certification

Basic certification is a process through which a person gains the necessary knowledge and skills to communicate effectively the fundamental truths of the Catholic faith.

Re-certification is the process of annual renewal of basic certification.

Master Catechist certification is an advanced certification that provides students with a deeper theological examination of the Catholic Faith and methodologies. It is designed for professional and ministerial educators.

Save the Date

Save the Date

Evangelize Now Conference (formerly DMC) 2022

Our Annual Evangelization Event is set for October 15, 2022 at Christ Cathedral Campus!

Evangelize Now Conference, formerly known as “Diocesan Ministry Celebration,” or “DMC,” is our annual evangelization event of the year. The goal is to inspire and equip attendees with necessary tools to share the Good News with others! Save the date for October 15, 2022.

Emmaus Institute Team

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Steve Greco

Director of Evangelization & Faith Formation


Director of Parish Evangelization & Faith Formation

Sr. Adriane Torris

Sister Adriane
Torrisi, SDSH

Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Consultant


Administrative Assistant

Viri Serrano 1

Contact Us

Pastoral Center 13280 Chapman Ave.
Garden Grove 92840

Viridiana Serrano

Administrative Assistant