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March 23, 2020

 

Dear members of the School of Christian Formation,

 

The Diocese of Palm Beach, acting out of an abundance of caution amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, has decided to take additional steps in our efforts to protect our students, faculty, staff and the community at large to help contain the spread of the virus.

 

As this situation continues to evolve rapidly, we will respond with further directives. For now, this letter addresses the following topics:

 

  1. Classes will not be held at parishes for the remainder of the school year (May 2020).   Nevertheless, teachers are encouraged to continue teaching classes via email, telephone, Zoom, Facetime and/or other technologies of their choice by sending their material, reading and writing assignments, and questionnaires to ensure students complete their course work, and to provide opportunities for students to approach teachers with questions.

 

  1. At the end of the class, teachers will submit the report on their students’ participation to our office. We will give students credit and a certificate of completion, and teachers will receive their regular stipend.  

 

  1. Both the graduation retreat scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020 and the graduation ceremony for Tuesday May 12, 2020 have been cancelled.  We hope to start the classes again in August 2020 for the next school year.

 

We thank you so much for your support and understanding.  If you have any questions or require additional information, you can contact us at:

 

Rev. Duvan Bermudez (561) 775-9506 / dbermudez@diocesepb.org

Angelica Aguilera (561) 775-9544 / aaguilera@diocesepb.org

 

May God bless and protect you and your family,

 

 

 

Rev. Duvan Bermudez

Director

Office of Hispanic Ministry and School of Christian Formation

 



The School of Christian Formation for the Diocese of Palm Beach is offering a series of classes and programs here for adult Catholics who wish to learn more about the rich traditions of their Faith. 

Each course meets weekday evenings for a total of six classes (12 hours). Two courses are taught during the Fall and two during the Spring. You may attend individual courses for credit or follow the entire three-year program, which concludes with the granting of a Certificate of Completion awarded by Bishop Barbarito at the school's annual graduation ceremony.

The Diocese strongly recommends these courses for all the faithful, especially those serving in liturgical, educational and spiritual ministries.

The goals of the School of Christian Formation are four-fold:

  1. To nourish and challenge Catholics with a deeper personal understanding of their faith tradition.
  2. To enable participants to bring this experience to their families, friends, places of work and ministry
  3. To explore the Catholic tradition from our local context as a diverse Church with members of different cultural backgrounds and with varying ministerial needs.
  4. To situate our experience of faith, Church and ministry in light of the teachings and documents of the Second Vatican Council.

The School of Christian Formation seeks to make its programming accessible to all persons in the diocese who are interested in learning more about their faith tradition. In matters regarding scheduling of times and locations, as well as the payment of fees, one of our primary goals is to meet the needs and limitations of participants in the program.

While the fee for each class is $10.00, plus the price of the textbook, persons who wish to participate in the program and are active in parish ministry may wish to seek financial support from their parish, or call our office to discuss the situation. No one will be turned down for lack of funds.

 


 

The Course of Study

Each class in the School of Christian Formation will meet for a total of twelve hours. Classes will be scheduled at various times (days, weeknights and weekends) and locations throughout the entire diocese depending on demand. Instructors in the program will have a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree in Theology, or extensive expertise in the course offered.

Persons may audit or take in individual courses for credit as desired, or follow the entire three year program which concludes with the granting of a certificate of completion. The program follows the new catechism of the Catholic Church in three divisions- Our Faith, Celebrating Our Faith, and Living Our Faith.

YEAR ONE
  • Introduction to the Bible
  • Old Testament Introduction
  • New Testament Introduction
  • Jesus Christ, History & Theology (Christology)
YEAR TWO
  • Vatican II
  • Theology of the Catholic Church (Ecclesiology)
  • Liturgy and Sacraments
  • Morality
YEAR THREE
  • History of the Church
  • Social Justice
  • Spirituality
  • Pastoral Ministry & Evangelization

 


 

Class and Program Requirements

In addition to class attendance and participation each class will have an assigned textbook readings will be decided by the instructors. Catechist Certification through the Office of Catechesis and Leadership Development is available should class participants desire such. In general, participants who miss more than two classes will not be granted credit. However, special circumstances may be taken into consideration by the instructors. The instructors of each course will determine which students have earned credit for the course.

 

In April 2020 there will be a day-long retreat required for graduation of Level I. The dates for the retreat and graduation are listed further below.

 

Please click on the following links listed below to view the schedules for the School of Christian Formation:

 


Graduation Class of 2020                                                            Graduation Retreat
Tuesday, May 12, 2020                                                                 Saturday, April 25, 2020
6:00 p.m.                                                                                          8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola                                               Mary Immaculate Church
9999 N. Military Trail                                                                   500 Spencer Drive
Palm Beach Gardens                                                                    West Palm Beach