The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program is a joint venture of Seton Hill University and the Diocese of Greensburg. The certificate program is designed to meet the educational and formational needs of adults who are committed to the mission of Christ within the Roman Catholic Church.
These men and women serve under the leadership of the diocesan bishop as successor of the Apostles and in communion with the Holy Father, the bishop of Rome. They are entrusted by pastors with leadership responsibility in a wide variety of ministries, such as pastoral care, social ministry, youth ministry, catechetics, Catholic schools, and music ministry.
Some serve beyond parish settings in hospice care, nursing home and hospital care, campus ministry and retreat centers. It is the aim of the certificate program that these persons are equipped to undertake their ministerial responsibilities with theological competence, pastoral sensitivity and spiritual depth.
Certificate recipients serve as lay ecclesial ministers and as ordained permanent deacons.
A man interested in the diocesan permanent diaconate formation program is expected to complete all of the requirements of the pastoral certificate program.
Catechetical leaders are among those identified by the U.S. Catholic bishops as "lay ecclesial ministers." The certificate program is one way our catechetical leaders are able to acquire the education and formation needed to serve faithfully and effectively in this vital ministry.