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Formation Opportunities

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Formation Opportunities

We sponsor and publicize programs and events to provide opportunities for continuing formation in the Diocese of Oakland.  Continuing formation is offered through these programs:

Serra Catechetical Institute

The Serra Catechetical Institute (SCI) is a formation process for parish and Catholic school catechists, parents and all adults who want to know their Catholic faith better and be able to hand it on more effectively.  Participants receive 60 hours of catechetical formation in various locations throughout the diocese.  Learn more…

See El Instituto Catequético Serra for information in Spanish.

The St. Francis de Sales School for Pastoral Ministry

Recognizing that all are called to share their God-given gifts to build up the reign of God, the Saint Francis de Sales School for Pastoral Ministry is a three-year program in which participants not only learn about our Faith and the teachings of the Catholic Church, but also discern their gifts and learn how best to share these gifts with others.  Learn more…

See La Escuela de Ministerios Pastorales for information in Spanish.

Master Catechist Program

After a thorough study of the foundations of faith, students who wish to pursue Master Catechist status will receive specialized instruction in Catechetical Principles and Methodology and Evangelization and Catechesis. Learn more...