Preparing Leadership for the Present and Future of the Church

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Why Certification?


The Lay Ecclesial Certification program through Saint Leo University is a unique opportunity for Lay ministers to receive a well rounded Pastoral Education which will aid in the ministry of the Catholic Church.  With professors from the University and beyond the participant will grow in the knowledge of all they will need to work within the Church. The participant will explore Scripture, Systematic Theology and Pastoral Concerns in a one year program. 

Information About the Program


The year long  program meets the first Saturday of each month beginning with Morning Prayer 8:30 am (Optional) and class begins at 9:00 am and ends at 5:00pm. The cost is 30.00 per class. All classes are at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 210 West Lemon Street, Lakeland, Florida 33815

Contact E. Louis Canter, OEF at or call 863.248.0179 for more information or an application. 

Not affiliated with USCCB or NALM Certificatiion Program or any

other National or regional Certification Program. 

Subjects Offered

Subjects Offered

Introduction to Old testament

Introduction to New Testament

Biblical Spirituality

Introduction to the Sacraments

Liturgy of the Hours and the Mass

The Liturgical Year

What is Church Past and Present

Evangelization and the New Evangelization 

Ethics and Morality: A Catholic         Perespective

Leadership in the Church

Multi-cultural cocnerns

Youth Minsitry: Leadership and Perspective

Pastoral Care of the Sick and other Pastoral Concerns

Budgets and other Administrative Matters

Pastoral Practicum