Program will take place at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove


Garden Grove, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2019) – St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo is introducing a new Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM) program, which is designed to prepare students for ministry and pastoral leadership. Courses for the program will be held at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.

The program’s inaugural course — Theology of the New Evangelization — has been modeled to provide parish and diocesan leaders with strategies and other resources that will help them better engage with the faithful and those who are in need of renewal.

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is a two-year, full-time 42-credit degree program consisting of theological and pastoral ministry competency requirements, as well as a culminating integration paper or project.. The new program is accessible for those who work full time and the first course is being offered at an introductory price of $1,200.

Rev. Juan Navarro will offer the first course, Theology of the New Evangelization, in English and in Spanish.. The first class will be held on Mondays, Feb. 4 – May 13, from 7-9 pm. Applicants to the MAPM program must have already completed a bachelor’s degree before entering. There is a possibility that students will be able to audit the courses if they have the desire for continuing education.

Some of the topics covered in the initial course include: The Beatitudes, Christian Brotherhood, Evangelization in the Vatican, New Methods of Evangelization, and Liturgy and Evangelization.

During the course, students will have an opportunity to learn from expert theologians. Students also will be taught practical pastoral and ministerial management skills from active clerics, thereby gaining additional insights into the knowledge and passion now driving the New Evangelization.

For more information about St. John’s Seminary’s future Master of Arts program contact Jackie Sherman at or call 1-805-482-2755 ext. 1015 or visit


About the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

With 1.3 million Catholics, 57 parishes, 5 Catholic centers, and 41 schools, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is one of the largest, most diverse and fastest-growing faith communities in the United States. The Diocese empowers Catholics across Orange County to have an active life of faith that is integrated and woven into the fabric of their daily lives through the community and sacramental life of the Church. Under the leadership of Bishop Kevin Vann, the Diocese works to establish and support dynamic, vibrant parishes and schools welcoming all to live the Gospel with faith, joy, charity and unity. Christ Cathedral, the spiritual home of the Diocese, will be dedicated in July 2019.

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