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

Participants will come to appreciate the purpose of doctrine and the process of theology through which doctrines develop in the Roman Catholic Tradition; develop the skills to articulate personal beliefs, and explain the role and purpose of faith in theology.

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CCS 026 Catholic Philosophy

The course will provide a general introduction to Catholic Philosophy.  Participants will consider the existence of God, the reason for evil, the basis of ethics and the principles of political life.

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CCS 002 Scripture

With the introduction of a few basic theories, the course will assist the participants in navigating through the world of the Scriptures and consider the Bible’s history, its development, the cultural factors which influenced the events around the writing of the Old and New Testaments, and the influence of the Church documents on the Bible today.

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CCS 006 Catechesis

The course will consider the ministry of catechesis within the context of the Church’s mission to evangelize.  The General Directory for Catechesis will be used to present the purpose, tasks, and content of catechesis, methodologies for various age groups, the influence of the baptismal catechumenate on the catechetical process, and the importance of the catechist’s vocation.

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CCS 005 Prayer

The course will survey prayer as essential to the lives of Christian people, as individuals, and within the community of faith. Participants will explore the qualities, forms and expressions of prayer.

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CCS 020 Vatican II

Fifty years after it started, the faithful still debate what the changes wrought by the Council mean for the Church today. The course will provide participants with the perspective of people who have lived the unfolding of Vatican II, as well as the opportunity to closely examine six of the Vatican II documents.

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CCS 015 Social Justice

The course will introduce participants to the theory and practice of Social Justice through the study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the seven key themes of Catholic Social Teaching as outlined by the Bishops: the life and dignity of the person; the call to family, community, and participation; rights and responsibilities; option for the poor and vulnerable; the dignity of work and the rights of workers; solidarity; and care for God’s creation.

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CCS 016 The Practice of Social Justice

The course will teach participants how to integrate the key themes of Social Justice into their everyday lives.

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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)

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