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 an Advanced Ministry Studies to women and men that would like to prepare themselves with a formal formation with emphasis in catechetical, pastoral, and ecclesial applications. This program will provide participants with the opportunity to be formed to exercise different roles at the parish or archdiocesan level.

The program is offered in a hybrid format, a combination of online Zoom Sessions, Moodle online, and in person classes (about 3 per year)


Upon completion of classes and a process of discernment, ministers will be commissioned and certified with one of the following certifications in collaboration with the Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:

  1. Advanced Ministry Studies certificate
  2. Archdiocesan Master Catechist

2024-2025 SCHEDULE

2024: August 24, September 14, October 19, November 16, December 14.

2025: January 18, February 15, March 15, April 12, May 17, June 21, 2025 and Annual Retreat TBA


The Advanced Ministry Studies registration fee is $20.00 and $50.00 tuition fee per class.

For complete information and to download the 2024-25 calendar. Please 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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