Place your talents at the service of the Church.
"We're enthusiastic about this new joint venture, a new path for volunteers to gain
dynamic ministry training and learn more about their Catholic faith, while strengthening
our service to the Diocese of Dallas."
-Theodore Whapham, Ph.D.
The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry (CPM) Program, a collaborative venture of University
of Dallas and the Diocese of Dallas, is designed to meet the educational and formational
needs of adults who serve their parishes, schools or other Catholic organizations on
a volunteer basis.
The CPM program requirements encompass a broad range of topics and are designed to provide foundational theological
and pastoral resources for those entering professional or volunteer ministry. The
CPM courses are offered in several convenient locations across the Diocese of Dallas and typically
meet once a week for two hours in five-week segments. Also offered in Spanish!
Learn your faith and discover how to share it.
The CPM program focuses on key areas of intellectual, pastoral, human and spiritual
formation. Courses cover a broad array of topics including Christian anthropology,
ministry in a multicultural church, morality and social justice, new testament and
prayer and spirituality. Read the course descriptions >>
Focus your service.
In addition to a series of core courses, the program offers elective courses in five
specific areas to help those involved in the following ministries: catechesis, liturgical
ministry, marriage and family life, pastoral care and youth and young adult ministry. Additional
endorsements can be developed in the future, subject to pastoral need and student
Take the next step.
- View the program requirements.
- Explore the course descriptions.
- Check out the CPM course schedule.
Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or 972-721-4118.