Do you have a heart to serve others? This program offers you the toosl to create programs and relationships to help meet the needs of your community. Learn from seasoned experts. Register here!

“This (class) was excellent. It increased my awareness of the many needs in the area and possible avenues to meet their needs.  I am not sure yet where I will be able to plug in, but I am inspired that there is a ministry here for me.” – Robert E. McCaslin, Jr., St. John Vianney

What will the course cover?

Cynthia-Colbert headshotApril 2: Intro to Parish Social Ministry- Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW

This session is an overview of Parish Social Ministry focusing on the role of the church in a community and what it can offer to those in need. It will cover principles of parish social ministry, leadership skills and ministry resources.

Cynthia Colbert is the President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Dr. ColbertMay 7: Life and Dignity of the Human Person- Dr. Marcella Colbert

Dive into the foundational element of Catholic Social Teaching by focusing on the uniqueness of humanity and our subsequent response within the context of Christian ethics.

Dr. Marcella Colbert is a physician who served as the founding Director of the Respect Life Office for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Dr. John HittingerJune 4: Theological Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching- Dr. John Hittinger

Investigate the Biblical texts that form Catholic Social and the subsequent theological consequences of these texts as represented in Church documents and teaching.

Dr. John Hittinger is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Saint Thomas and Founder of the John Pail II Forum.

Maritza Roman 1July 9: Family Perspectives- Maritza C. Roman-Parajeau, Ph.D. 

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live” – Pope Saint John Paul II. This class focuses on how to address the dynamics of the family and ways to best serve it when working in social ministry.

Maritza Roman-Parajeau is Associate Director of the Office of Family Life for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Deacon Leonard Paul LockettSeptember 3: Multicultural Ministry- Deacon Leonard Lockett

Take an in-depth look into the diverse cultural backgrounds of our Houston community and learn how to best interact with and serve people according to their cultural backgrounds.

Deacon Leonard Lockett is the Vicar for Catholics of African Descent and assigned to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Deborah Montez headshot (2)October 1: Organizing Pastoral Programs- Deborah Alvarenga

Learn how to assess the needs within your community and how to take strategic action to meet that need through assessment plans, program planning and implementation, communication and volunteer management.

Deborah Alvarenga is the Director of Social Services Ministry at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston.

Natalie Wood 1November 12: Intro to Case Management- Natalie Wood, MA, LPC

This class will focus on creating boundaries and learning techniques to best serve your clients while protecting you and those with whom you serve.

Natalie Wood is the Vice President of Strengthening Families and Senior Services for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. 

Dcn SamDecember 3: Advocacy- Deacon Sam Dunning

Gain an understanding of how to give a voice to those in need. Understand how current legislation affects your ministry and clients and how to take action to create systemic change.

Deacon Sam Dunning is the founding Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Justice and Peace.

How long is each class?

Each class will start at 8:30 AM and end at Noon, once monthly.

How much does it cost?

$100 if registered before March 25, 2016

$115 if registered after March 25, 2016

Registration deadline is March 28, 2016

Where is it located?

Catholic Charities Mamie George Community Center

1111 Collins Road

Richmond, TX 77469

What is the practicum?

The practicum is a 16-hour experience in a parish social ministry setting supervised by an existing parish social minister. The participant will have an opportunity to engage in different areas of an established program. It will include an introductory proposal and concluding report.

Course applies toward Archdiocesan continuing education credit!

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For more information, please contact Matt Johns at 713.874.6659.