January 6, 2013

Course Offerings 2014-2015

Year I: Understanding God, Self and Others

In Year I, there are 30 two-hour sessions held at parish sites, plus three formation weekends at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington.

Year I focuses on your personal and spiritual faith formation, giving you the ability to articulate an adult faith rooted in the experience of God’s presence in your life. An understanding of Sacred Scripture as God’s revelation and the foundation of prayer will help you understand Christian spirituality more fully. Elements of evangelization and personal conversion are built in to Year I as you are introduced to the process of theological reflection and a consistent prayer life.

Year I: Classes (Sessions)

Orientation 2 Hours
Redemptive Listening 8 Hours
Graced Human Development 12 Hours
Foundations of Spirituality 12 Hours
Old Testament 14 Hours
New Testament 12 Hours


Year I: Formation Weekends

During Year I you are required to attend three formation weekends in order to integrate and deepen class material. The weekends include Sunday liturgy, prayer, faith sharing, meals in common, and fellowship. These weekends begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and end at 12:00 noon on Sunday. They are held at the Diocesan Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington

First Weekend: Myers-Briggs for Ministry
Second Weekend: Family Dynamics
Third Weekend: Prayer


Year II: Becoming Light on the World

In Year II, there are also 30 two-hour sessions held at parish sites plus two formation weekends and two one-day workshops at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington.

Year II builds on the growing awareness of the presence of God in your life:

  • deepen your knowledge of the Church’s teachings and traditions
  • build on your understanding of the Church as a community of people called and gifted by            God
  • help you recognize your call to be the presence of Christ in your family, parish,            workplace, local, and global communities

Year II: Classes (Sessions)

Christology 10 Hours
Church 12 Hours
Living the Christian Life 14 Hours
Sacraments and Liturgy 12 Hours
Ministry 12 Hours


We hope that after graduating from PFI, you will recognize your baptismal call to give witness to Christ in your daily life and active ministry.

Year II: Formation Weekends and Workshops

During Year II, you are required to attend two formation weekends to develop skills for your active discipleship and to discern which ministry God may be calling you to. Each weekend begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and ends at 12:00 noon on Sunday. The workshops are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch. They are usually held at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington.

First Weekend: Discernment
First Workshop: Giftedness Workshop
Second Workshop: Pastoral Issues and Sexuality
Second Weekend: Discipleship

Year III: Ministry Tracks

Upon successful completion of the two-year curriculum, you have the option of applying for entrance into the one-year ministry skills training program. Different ministry tracks are offered each year. Self-Study track may also be arranged.

Some samples of ministry tracks that have been offered through the years:

  • Bereavement
  • Catechetical Leadership
  • Catholic Social Mission (Justice)
  • Evangelization
  • Family Ministry
  • Liturgy
  • Marriage Preparation/Enrichment (Pre-Cana)
  • Ministry to the Third Age
  • Parenting
  • Pastoral Care of the Sick
  • Prison Ministry
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult (RCIA)
  • Parish Social Ministry (Outreach)
  • Stewardship
  • Youth Ministry

Elements of a Ministry Track

Classes:  30-35 Hours

Instructors who are experienced in each particular ministry present practical content and assign readings in that ministerial area.

Practicum: Minimum 35 Hours

To fulfill the requirements of the Practicum, you will demonstrate your growth in ministerial skills by documenting at least 35 hours of “hands-on” service in your chosen ministry. The Practicum requires flexibility in its design and implementation. Assignments flow from the context of specific classes.

Mentoring (Individual Contact):

Mentoring includes group and/or one-on-one exchanges with a skilled practitioner in the chosen ministry. The experienced minister helps you focus and develop ministerial skills and will provide you with feedback on your strengths and limitations.

Communication Skills Course (10 hours)

In a laboratory-like setting, you will practice skills necessary for good communication in all aspects of ministry at home, in your parish, and out in the world.

Year III: Formation Weekends

Designing Prayer: You will explore ways to convene and lead others in prayer.
Parish Systems: Building on concepts developed during the Family Dynamics weekend in Year I, you will explore the complex web of family, parish, diocesan, socio-economic, and cultural systems that impact all ministry. You will learn concrete strategies for working in ministerial systems.
Collaborative Skills: You will learn and develop leadership skills that equip you to plan effective meetings, empower others through delegation, and acquire conflict management skills.

*PLEASE NOTE: Participation in the Pastoral Formation Institute is NOT a prerequisite to enroll in these Ministry Tracks. Ministry Leadership courses are open to all interested adults in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Please call the office for further information: 516-678-5800 x 200. The Year III Leadership Track includes 30-35 hours of class time, a 10-hour Communication Skills Course, Three Formation Weekends, and a supervised internship in your specific ministry of choice. Leadership Tracks are designed and scheduled on a consensus of interest and need. Subjects of tracks vary from year to year. Self-study tracks under the supervision of PFI Staff are available.

Who teaches the courses?

The instructors who are hired must have at least a graduate degree in theology or the equivalent. All instructors are required to follow the curriculum issued by the Office of Faith Formation. The Institute is officially accredited by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We are required to maintain certain standards to retain our accreditation.