Diocesan Certification Program

Certification provides a program of formation that equips those called to serve as catechists, teachers, youth ministers and other ministries to fulfill their calling with a fuller knowledge of the faith to which they witness by their words and their lives.

Delve deeply into Sacred Scripture, Doctrine, Methodology, Morality & Sacraments!

The Diocese of Venice offers catechetical training and certification
through the online resources provided by
the Franciscan Catechetical Institute's Franciscan at Home program.
This training is supported by trained on-site mentors

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Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

In order to receive a certification from the Diocese of Venice, a series of classes must be completed. The classes are created by the Franciscan Catechetical Institute and offered online through the Franciscan at Home platform.

Each certification has three levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level consists of 12 individual classes. Generally, each class can be completed in 4-6 weeks if a workshop is done once a week. Students can move more quickly if they wish. After each class is completed, the student can move onto the next class. Students should be able to easily complete one level per year and complete the entire program for their certification in 3 years.

Each school or parish has volunteer mentors whose task is to accompany and support each student along the way. Through the relationship to a mentor the certification process can become a process of spiritual growth and discipleship.

Thanks to the generous support of your parishes and schools, there is no cost to the individual student for these classes.

Certification Tracks:

  • Catechist Certification
  • Youth Ministry Certification
  • Adult Faith Formation Certification
  • Catholic School Certification
  • Diocese of Venice Mentor Training

A Curriculum Designed for Growth & Understanding

Move quickly through each class: 4-6 weeks each. Below are topics you'll cover on your journey.
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Doctrine
  • Methodology
  • Morality
  • Sacraments
  • Prayer
  • Philosophy
  • Culture
  • Ethics
  • Saints

The Crucial Role of the Mentor

We want evangelization and catechesis to remain appropriately situated with those who can be in authentic ministerial relationships in the field. To accomplish this, these online workshops rely upon mentorship — and we envisage that this be as local as possible, with mentors in local parishes and schools. Mentored formation allows for a person-to-person engagement over extended periods of formation, guided by the tasks and assessments in the workshops.
While this asks for greater time commitments by both learners and mentors, there are clear advantages. Learners become better ministers and are enabled to take more creative ownership of their own call to serve and form souls. Likewise, mentors can develop deeper relationships with those they are called to lead and form as well as grow in their own formation skills and ministerial competence. If you have been identified as a mentor, please begin with signing into your account and completing the mentoring track.