Diocesan Certification Program

This is a mandatory certification for those in Religious Education, Catechesis, Youth Outreach and Evangelization to Catholic teachers and those laity who desire to work or volunteer in parish catechetical programs.

Watch Bishop Dewane explain the program mission.

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Franciscan Catechetical Institute!

The Diocese of Venice is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Franciscan Catechetical Institute!

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The Details:

Curriculum for Certifications:

In order to receive a certification from the Diocese of Venice, a series of classes must be completed. 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. At the end of each year, the participant will receive that year’s level of certification.

The class choice is designed to give each participant a general overview of the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Even those who have received some formal education in the faith will have something to gain from this program. Classes are ordered so that the more general classes come first, which in turn will provide the knowledge needed for the later, more advanced classes. We hope that you will find this program enriching and better enabling you to share the faith to the next generation of Christians.

Topics Covered During 3-Year Program:

  • Sacred Scripture
  • Prayer
  • Methodology
  • Doctrine
  • Philosophy
  • Culture
  • Ethics
  • Saints
  • Sacraments

The Crucial Role of the Mentor

As leaders in our field, we have a responsibility for forming others in the faith, not replacing this formation with high-production-value video and audio resources. 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 families, parishes, schools. By offering workshops that are best taken with a local guiding figure, the Diocese of Venice seeks to encourage our parishes and schools in the direction of mentored formation. This approach 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 and diocesan officials 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. If you have any difficulties, contact us, and we can walk you through the sign-up process.

Please contact us at (941) 766-7334 or institute@institute-dov.org.

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A Curriculum Designed for Growth & Understanding

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