Certificates in Diaconate Discernment

Permanent Diaconate Formation Program

Dioceses across Canada and around the world may inquire with NTC regarding the incorporation of some or all of the online CCS courses we offer. Below is an example of a four-year program. Each diocese may use the program below or design their own program to complement their Diaconate Formation Programs within their diocese. Please contact Sandra Talarico at sandra.talarico@newman.edu for details.

Candidates for the CCS Diaconate Program must be sponsored by their diocese. This program forms one part of the participating Diocesan Diaconate Formation Program and is not meant to be comprehensive. The usual ordination requirements apply.

Year 1 - Aspirancy Year (DDI)

CCS-001 Catholicism
CCS-026 Catholic Philosophy
CCS-002 Scripture
CCS-006 Catechesis
CCS-005 Prayer
CCS-020 Vatican II
CCS-015 Social Justice
CCS-016 The Practice of Social Justice

To complete this certificate in an academic year students must register for the courses in the following order.

(This does not apply to those who take more than one course per cycle and Certificates are not required to be
completed within a year.)

Cycle 1 - CCS-001

Cycle 2 - CCS-026 

Cycle 3 - CCS-002

Cycle 4 - CCS-006

Cycle 5 - CCS-005

Cycle 6 - CCS-020

Cycle 7 - CCS-015

Cycle 8 - CCS-016

Year 2 - Candidates (DDII)

CCS-009 The Old Testament
CCS-008 The New Testament
CCS-023 The Acts of the Apostles
CCS-024 Paul: Life and Letters
CCS-025 The Gospel and Epistles of John
CCS-003 Jesus
CCS-040 Theology of God
CCS-004 The Sacraments

To complete this certificate in an academic year students must register for the courses in the following order.

(This does not apply to those who take more than one course per cycle and Certificates are not required to be
completed within a year.)

Cycle 1 - CCS-009

Cycle 2 - CCS 008

Cycle 3 - CCS-004

Cycle 4 - CCS-024

Cycle 5 - CCS-023

Cycle 6 - CCS-025

Cycle 7 - CCS-040

Cycle 8 - CCS-003

Year 3 - Candidates (DDIII)

CCS-035 Baptism
CCS-037 Eucharist
CCS-038 Confirmation
CCS-036 Reconciliation
CCS-041 Holy Orders
CCS-017 Pastoral Care
CCS-018 The Practice of Pastoral Care
CCS-010 Moral Theology

To complete this certificate in an academic year students must register for the courses in the following order.

This does not apply to those who take more than one course per cycle and Certificates are not required to be
completed within a year.)

Cycle 1 - CCS-035

Cycle 2 - CCS-037

Cycle 3 - CCS-038

Cycle 4 - CCS-036

Cycle 5 - CCS-041

Cycle 6 - CCS-017

Cycle 7 - CCS-018

Cycle 8 - CCS-010

Year 4 - Candidates (DDIV)

CCS-011 Church History I
CCS-012 Church History II
CCS-042 Canon Law
CCS-043 Canon Law: Marriage
CCS-044 Bioethics
CCS-021 Liturgy
CCS-022 Liturgical Practices
CCS-045 The New Evangelization

To complete this certificate in an academic year students must register for the courses in the following order.

(This does not apply to those who take more than one course per cycle and Certificates are not required to be
completed within a year.)

Cycle 1 - CCS-042

Cycle 2 - CCS-011

Cycle 3 - CCS-012

Cycle 4 - CCS-021

Cycle 5 - CCS-022

Cycle 6 - CCS-044

Cycle 7 - CCS-043

Cycle 8 - CCS-045