With a focus on the evangelization of high school students and practical skills in classroom management, participants will form young people ever more deeply in sanctity, fidelity to Catholic teaching, and joy in the Christian life as they discern their vocations.
The certificate in high school chaplaincy is for priests looking to respond to their vocation of mentoring high school students. Priests have received excellent theological training in the Church’s seminaries in the traditional areas of systematics, Scripture, homiletics, church history, and liturgy and sacraments. But newly ordained priests often find a large part of their early work involves working in a Catholic high school as a chaplain and find that high school chaplaincy presents particular pastoral challenges.
High school chaplains in the Diocese of Bismarck have impressively met those challenges. Their labor has been fruitful with a record number of priestly and religious vocations from the Catholic high schools. The courses in this program are taught by many of these experienced priests, who will mentor and train new chaplains to be successful in this pastoral role.
During this certificate program, participants will take part in a week-long institute. Concluding the on-site event, there will be a three-day high school chaplaincy convention on our main campus in Bismarck, ND.