Master Catechist Certification


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. 

The Master Catechist Certification consist of 11 courses, Lumen Retreat, teaching observation & pastoral project. Students must formally apply and be accepted into this program.

Classes are available at the Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center (currently not available due to pandemic) and online through Catechetical Institute (CI) – Franciscan University.

Master Catechist Live In-Person Class ScheduleCurrently Not Available due to Pandemic must go through CI Online Equivalency – see link below. 

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

Master Catechist Information – Guidelines, Application, etc., Click here

Master Catechist Re-certification – To renew Master Catechist Certification, fifty (50) hours of continuing faith education and formation, observation and an approved project must be submitted before certification expires to be valid another 4 years.

Download MC Re-certification Forms        Project proposal form                  Observation form

Online Learning through Catechetical Institute (CI)LINK COMING SOON

For more information in Master Catechist Certification you may contact us at our office 714-282-3078