Secondary school chaplaincy co-ordinators' retreat in Filey, February 2017

A new Certificate in Pastoral Ministry is being offered to people in dioceses throughout the north of England, including Middlesbrough.

This non-degree certificate has been custom-designed to meet the needs of those wishing to learn more about serving in a faith setting.

It will begin in February 2018 and consist of ten six-week modules delivered over two years. Participants must be serious about their own faith development, willing to serve in the local church and have competent computer skills.

Integrating online learning with the chance to meet face to face for support, the certificate is offered in partnership between Loyola University Chicago and the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Sessions will include opportunities for prayer, reflection and creative engagement.

Deacon Vince Purcell says the course is ideal for many people, including school chaplains, catechists, those in involved in youth ministry and parish assistants.

“The course offers world class teaching and resources and is an ideal platform for those wanting to take more of a lead in their faith community,” he said. “The course will help ensure they have the up to date knowledge, skills and education

they need for contemporary pastoral ministry.”

Module titles include…

  • Holiness and Wholeness: How we grow as people of faith
  • Missionary Disciples: The story of the Church in Britain
  • Building Parish Communities
  • Serving and leading skills and strategies for ministry

The cost of the certificate is £2,000 for the full two years of study.

Information sessions

Wednesday November 1: St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington DL3 7RG, 5.30pm for 6pm to 7.30pm.

Saturday November 4: Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 2BX, 10.30am for 11am to 12.30pm or 2.30pm for 3pm to 4.30pm.

If you are unable to attend or would like further support and information, please contact Deacon Vince Purcell by calling 01642 850505 or emailing adultformation@dioceseofmiddlesbrough.co.uk.