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School of Ministry


Registration deadline for class of 2017-2019 is August 31, 2017.

At this time, we have very limited space available in Creole and all Spanish classes and are accepting registrations for English Online classes only.

For further information, please contact us at 305-762-1184 or



Florángel González

Associate Director for Hispanic Formation

Rogelio Zelada, M.A.

Office Assistant

Fior Ramirez

9401 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami Shores, FL 33138


305 762-1086


What is the School of Ministry?

The School of Ministry forms lay men and women who desire to grow in their understanding of the Catholic faith and in their ability to serve the Church. Over the course of two years, participants develop knowledge in spirituality, theology, and pastoral ministry. Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates find they are closer to Jesus and are better able to serve in their parish and community.

What is the format of the program?

There are two different formats. Choose the format that works best for you.

  • Traditional classroom format is offered in English, Spanish, or Creole. This course meets once a week for two years (summers off).
  • Online program is offered in English or Spanish and incorporates 8 online courses, and in person meetings over a two year period of time.

What type of certificate can I receive at the end?

There are 2 different certificate programs within the School of Ministry.

  • Catholic Studies Certificate is available to Catholics interested in learning more about the faith who aren't certain about their call to ministry.
  • Pastoral Ministry Certificate is for people who desire to be commissioned to serve in a specific ministerial area.

All participants enjoy connecting with a community of adult believers from parishes throughout the Archdiocese. This leads to rich discussion, and a broader notion of Church.

School of Ministry Requirements:

  1. Complete Registration Materials: Registration form, Non-refundable Registration fee ($25 if received by July 31st and $50 if received August 1st and after), two Personal Recommendations (one from pastor and one lay person), and Payment Plan form.
  2. Excellent attendance and participation in class or online.
  3. One Weekend Overnight Retreat and one Enrichment Day – TBA.
  4. Tuition for 2017-2019:
    Only 20 payments of $28 per person (plus a nonrefundable $100 payment in September 2017) or 20 payments of $51 per couple (plus a non-refundable $200 payment in September 2017).

Candidates for the Pastoral Ministry Certificate will meet the requirements for the School of Ministry and the following:

  • Candidate MUST BE recommended by their pastor.
  • Candidate must be a fully-initiated Catholic.
  • Candidate is required to complete a Ministerial Project during the last six months of their formation.
  • Candidate is willing to serve sponsoring parish for a period of five years and commit to on-going faith formation.

Registration forms are due by August 31, 2017. Forms may be accepted after that date depending on availability. Some classes fill quickly. Please register as soon as possible. Download the Registration Form located in the box "Forms" at the top of this page.