The St. Francis de Sales School for Pastoral Ministry
Bringing the Good News to the World and Calling the World Back to God.
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.
The School meets one Saturday per month for three years. Using an adult-learning model, students take classes, which include lectures, discussions, reading, and theological reflection. They also pray together and participate in the sacraments and liturgies of the Church. Courses are tailored to meet the needs of the working professional. Students are encouraged to focus on how to apply what they are learning to their own lives and the lives of those around them.
Following this program, students will have the opportunity to specialize their studies in a particular area of ministry or area of interest.
Topics for Study in the Program
The School meets one Saturday per month for three years, while taking a break during July. Classes are held at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Berkeley. The day begins with Holy Mass in the church at 8:00 am. After Mass, refreshments may be purchased and the students disperse to their classrooms at 9:30 am. A lunch break is given from 12:00 - 1:00 pm and then classes continue until 3:30 pm.
Who Should Apply
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$25.00 Application fee (non-refundable)
$450.00 per school year.
Cost of the program excludes all textbooks. Tuition assistance is available upon request.