Master Catechist Certification

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Master Catechist Certification Guidelines

Emmaus Institute offers an advanced certification in theological foundations, the Master Catechist Certification. This certification provides students with a firm foundation in the Roman Catholic Tradition. This program is designed for professional and ministerial educators.

The Master Catechist Certificate is valid for 4 years. 

Certification classes are available in-person at the Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center (currently not available due to pandemic)

In-Person Option – The Master Catechist Certification consist of 11 courses, Lumen Retreat, teaching observation & pastoral project.  In-person courses are 15hrs each plus homework assignments.  (currently not available due to Covid-19 Pandemic)

Master Catechist Live In-Person Class Schedule – TBD

Qualities of a Master Catechist

Persons who desire to become a Master Catechists should have:

  • A strong awareness of the working of God’s grace in their lives and a growing faith-life in response to that grace
  • A personal commitment to Jesus Christ, who is the center of the Catholic message
  • A strong understanding of Catholic teaching and love for the Church evidenced by a personal commitment to: – Catechize within the Roman Catholic tradition, in light of Vatican II and post –conciliar documents and according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Participate actively and regularly in the Church’s liturgical and sacramental life
  • A deepened and active prayer life
  • A respect for the diversity of all members of God’s family
  • For more information in Master Catechist Certification you may contact us at our office 714-282-3078