Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Office of Formation for Christian Service
Courses and Workshops

Director: Frances Vogel Montaño
Phone: (505) 831-8151
Email: pmdirector@archdiocesesantafe.org
Executive Secretary: Rita Lucero
Email: pmsecretary@archdiocesesantafe.org
Secretary: Adela Montano  
Phone: (505) 831-8126


Formation for Christian Service is a collaborative effort of the Pastoral Ministries Division of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to bring together the various past efforts to provide formation for lay ministers into one unified cooperative process. Building on the curricula and formats of the Process of Catechist Formation for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the development of the Deanery Schools of Ministry, Formation for Christian Service now incorporates those and other programs for ministry formation sponsored by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Our Goal: To assist the parishes of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in providing opportunities for theological/spiritual formation and skills for ministry for all adult Catholics, especially those involved in ministry.

There are five levels of courses of Formation: Basic, Advanced, Intensive, Ongoing, and Graduate Studies. The fee is $10 per course; no charge for those unable to pay. There are also one-day skills workshops that provide practical training for specific areas of ministry and are offered at no charge. For more information or to register for courses, please call the Office of Formation for Christian Service at 831-8126. Preregistration is a MUST! If there are not enough registrants, the course will be cancelled.


Courses, Classes, and Other Information
Basic Level Courses Skills Workshops NCCL "Echoes of Faith"
Advanced Level Courses Internet Classes  New ! Certificate Program for Youth Ministers
Intensive Level Courses Ecumenical Institute Catholic Lay Ministers:The House That God Builds

Basic Level Courses

Course Name Day Dates Time Place Contact/Phone
Course 1-Introduction to Scripture Mondays January 13, 27,
February 3, 10, 24, 2003
6:30-8:30 PM Catholic Center, Albuquerque 831-8126
Course 2: Introduction to Jesus Fridays January 17,31,
February 21,
March 14, April 11, 2003
2:00-4:00 PM St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe 831-8126
Course 2: Introduction to Jesus Mondays March 10, 17, 24, 31,
April 7, 2003
6:30-8:30 PM Catholic Center, Albuquerque
831-8126
Course 3: Introduction to Church History Thursdays February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 2003
4:00-6:00 PM Our Lady of
Assumption
Albuquerque
831-8126
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Advanced Level Courses
Course Name Day Dates Time Place Contact/Phone
Church History:
From the Dark Ages
to the Reformation
Thursdays January 9, 16, 23,30,
February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2003
6:30–8:30 PM Sangre de Cristo
Albuquerque
831-8126

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Intensive Level Courses
Course Name Beginning Date Place Phone No.
Emmaus Journey   Albuquerque 831-8126
Jornada de Fe   Santa Fe 471-6489
Education for Ministry,   Northwest Deanery 689-2404

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Skills Workshops
Course Name Day Date Time Place Contact/Phone
(6-J) What is Social Justice? It’s Four Pillars Tuesday December 17, 2002 6:30 -8:00 PM Immaculate
Conception
Las Vegas
Catholic Center /
831-8129
(6-F) Understanding the Role of Feelings in Relationships Tuesday January 7, 2003 6:30 -8:00 PM Immaculate
Conception
Las Vegas
Catholic Center /
831-8129
(8-C) Full Initiation into the Catholic Faith Community: The Role of Catechesis Tuesday January 7, 2003 6:30 -8:00 PM Immaculate
Conception
Las Vegas
Catholic Center /
831-8129
(10-F) Understanding Families as Systems Tuesday February 4, 2003 6:30 -8:00 PM Immaculate
Conception
Las Vegas
Catholic Center /
831-8129

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A New Opportunity for Faith Formation from the Internet


The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is now a partner with the University of Dayton in the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF). This is an Internet distance learning initiative to support adult formation in areas of catechetical ministry, lay ministry or adult enrichment. The purpose of this initiative is to offer adult faith and catechist formation anytime and anywhere via the Internet.

Courses now available are Scripture, Jesus, Church History, and Media Education. Other courses are constantly being developed. Each course is limited to 12 participants. The fee for each 5 week course is $40.00 with the possibility of partial scholarship for those working toward certification. The University of Dayton offers 2.5 Continuing Education Units for each course.

For more details about these classes and the answers to some of your questions, check our brochure, flyer or email us at: pmsecretary@archdiocesesantafe.org or PMdirector@archdiocesesantafe.org.

Also, visit The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton www.udayton.edu/~vlc for current course information and registration process
or call 1-888-300-8436.


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Ecumenical Institute for Ministry

The Ecumenical Institute for Ministry organized under the New Mexico Conference of Churches, is a partnership of churches committed to provide quality spiritual and theological learning opportunities for adults in an ecumenical context. Pre-registration is required. Contact Janice at the NMCC office, phone: 505.255.1509 or email: janicefowler@nmchurches.org. Visit our web site at www.nmchurches.org/abqsched.htm. For a full brochure of the many offerings of EIM for the fall, winter, and spring in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, call at 831-8126.

Courses for Credit
Course Name Day Date Time Place Contact/Phone
Old Testament
Thursdays January 9, 16, 23, 30,
February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2003
7:00-9:00 PM St. Bernadette's
Albuquerque
NMCC Office
Janice
505.255.1509
Old Testament Saturdays January 4, February 1, March 1, 15, 2003 9:00AM -1:00 PM United Church of Santa Fe
Santa Fe
NMCC Office
Janice
505.255.1509
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NCCL "Echoes of Faith


The following NCCL "Echoes of Faith" courses will be held at Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, Albuquerque, NM. The courses facilitated by Sister Necy Guan use a video presentation followed by prayer and facilitated discussion. To register for any of these courses please call the Catholic Center at 831-8126.

Winter Session: Catholic Morality

Saturday, January 11, 2003, 9:30 am-12:30 pm.
Monday, January 13, 2003, 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Saturday, February 8, 9:30am.-12:30pm.
Monday, February 10, 2003, 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Spring Session: Prayer & Spirituality

Saturday, March 15, 9:30am-12:30pm.
Monday, March 17, 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Saturday, March 29, 9:30am-12:30pm.
Monday, March 31, 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Spring Sesssion-Introduction to the Scriptures

Saturday, April 5, 9:30am-12:30pm.
Monday, April 7, 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Monday, May 5, 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Saturday, May 10, 9:30am-12:30pm.

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Certificate Program for Youth Ministers, Archdiocese of Santa Fe Youth Office


Call the Archdiocesan Youth Office, 505 831-8145

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Catholic Lay Ministers: The House That God Builds   By Frances Vogel - Montano

You've heard the call to "Come follow me." You've responded as generously as you are able. You are in love with the Lord. You are committed to the Church. You plunged into ministry with excitement and great expectations. What more do you need?

In the Church today, lay ministers-people like you and I, know that it takes a lot more than deep faith and enthusiasm to minister with confidence and competence. Though both of these are essential qualities in the minister, they are really like the path leading to the doorway of Church ministry. Commitment is the doorway. What about a firm foundation and strong solid walls? And a weather-worthy roof?

A solid background in theology, gained through persevering study, provides the firm foundation, and that often takes years to build. Then training in the practical skills for doing that ministry well are the strong solid walls. These walls are built by weaving together many hours of training by professionals and many other hours of hands-on experience.

An open mind provides windows to shed light on all this learning and keep it applicable to the lives of ordinary people. Attending to family, to those we love and for whom we are responsible, in the midst of ministerial duties, contributes a flow of fresh sweet air throughout this house. And a constant connection to the Church community is the roof that protects and shields and holds everything together. Without this attachment to the community of the People of God, we are an empty shell in danger of falling apart.

Most of us need some help with the foundation and walls of our house. Here's a list of some of what's available from the diocese to assist with the building process:

Start with the Basic Level Theology courses in Scripture, Jesus, Church, and Church History which have are offered all around the diocese and can be offered in any parish, just for the asking.

Participate in one of the Schools of Ministry, where you meet one Saturday a month for three years with other ministers to explore together these areas of our faith: Spirituality and Prayer, Faith Foundations, Scripture, Church History, Ecclesiology, Sacraments and Worship, Personal and Social Morality, Leadership, Human Development, and Skills for Ministry. These Intensive Level programs of formation for ministers are held in the Northwest Deanery (Education for Ministry, call Joanne Dupont at 689-2404 ), the Santa Fe Deanery (Jornada de Fe, call Juanita Montoya at 471-6489), and the Albuquerque Deaneries (Emmaus Journey, call Frances V. Montano at 831-8151).

Venture into some Advanced Level courses in Scripture, Theology, Church History, Morality, Prayer and Liturgy, Discipleship, Spirituality, Communication Skills, etc. These courses are offered occasionally by the diocese, by parishes, and by other Catholic groups like the Catholic Charismatic Center, the Cursillo Movement, retreat houses, prayer centers, and monasteries, the Center for Action and Contemplation, the Santa Fe Institute for Spirituality, the Dominican Ecclesial Institute, national organizations, etc.

Experience the excitement of taking part in the Youth Ministry Certificate program (call 831-8145), the process of Certification for Catechetical Leaders (call 831-8129), the Public Discipleship Project (an exciting learning experience coming in spring 2000, call 831-8167), the training process for Evangelization Teams (call 831-8164), training for catechesis with persons with disabilities (call 831-8129), the Sponsor Couple training (call 831-8117) and many more.

Deepen your Catholic faith by taking an ecumenical course in Scripture, Theology, Church History, and Spiritual Direction. These Advanced Level courses are offered by the Ecumenical Institute for Ministry of the New Mexico Conference of Churches, and are an excellent way to understand Catholic belief against the backdrop of mainline Christian denominations. Fall courses begin soon in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas. Call 255-1509 for more information.

Join with a small group of fellow learners to study together a topic of our faith or a skill for your particular area of ministry. You can use one of the video programs available on loan from the Ministry Resource Center of the Archdiocese or from your parish. If you have not yet visited the MRC, it’s worth the trip from wherever! Or try one of the courses available by mail from the University of Dayton and the Catechist magazine.

Plunge into the world of graduate theological education! You can continue your present work/lifestyle and begin working toward a Master’s degree in Theological Studies (call 831-8151). The degree is offered by St. Norbert College, and the classes are held in Albuquerque (possibly Santa Fe) on Saturdays or weeknights. OR maybe you are from an "under-represented population" and are willing to put the rest of your life on hold for two years to study theology on a full scholarship! The Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California offers this scholarship (call 831-8129).

Whatever you do, get started or re-started on this wonderful project of ministry formation, responding to the urgings of the Master Builder.


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