Master Catechist Certification

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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) and online through Catechetical Institute (CI) – Franciscan University.

Download Master Catechist Certification Guidelines, click here. 

Online Option – The Master Catechist Certification consist of 60 workshops through our partnership with Catechetical Institute (CI) – Franciscan University, lumen retreat, teaching observation & pastoral project.  Online CI-MC Path workshops are 1hr of content plus interaction/homework that will take 2-4hrs each.  Download Online MC Catechist Certification Flyer, click here.

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 ScheduleTBD

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 Click here      Application 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 Project & Proposal form

Online Learning through Catechetical Institute (CI)

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