Advanced Ministry Studies

Catechist Formation
ORE Certification
ORE Opp for Leaders
Welcome to the Advanced Ministry Studies webpage!


The Office of Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles offers a certification in Advanced Ministry Studies to women and men that would like to prepare themselves with a formal formation with emphasis in pastoral and ecclesial applications. Giving them the opportunity to be formed to exercise different roles at parish or archdiocesan level.

For complete information and to download the 2022-23 flyer CLICK HERE

To start the process, please download the below application and recommendation forms, follow the directions, and submit them via email to

After applying you will be contacted to schedule an interview with our admitting team. Our goal is to guide and help you with the registration process.

If you have questions or need assistance please contact:

Flor de Maria Luna  or by phone to: 213- 637-7654
Elizabeth Argueta or by phone 213-637-7358

What They’re Saying About Advanced Ministry Studies

I woke up so happy and excited today and I have you to thank!!! Yesterday, we held two Lenten Retreats and they were fantastic!! I mean off-the-charts awesome, beyond my expectations and full of awe for God!!

From the beginning of my planning, I was inspired by all the AMS professors and leaders. I would have never naturally known how to create such an event. It was all of their teaching, advice and answers to many questions. Every one of them has been so inspiring. Any good outcome is their input with the Holy Spirit to carry it out.

– Cara Crosetti, an RCIA catechist and parish business manager. Read Cara’s full reflection HERE

Catechist Formation

Return to the main page and learn more about the California Catechist Certification process.

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