Certificate in Liturgical Studies
The Certificate in Liturgical Studies provides specialized instruction and professional preparation for those desiring to deepen and expand their understanding of the Christian sacramental and liturgical tradition. It serves the needs of Catholic and Protestant catechists, worship coordinators, church musicians, teachers, chaplains, and other lay ecclesial ministers seeking a strong foundation in liturgical/sacramental studies. The Certificate will meet the ministerial competency needs and national certification standards of these ecclesial ministers and is the only certificate program of its kind in Florida.
The Certificate in Liturgical Studies requires a minimum of 15 credit hours (5 courses), which includes two (2) core liturgical/sacramental courses plus three (3) electives from the liturgical/sacramental curriculum.
Coursework for the Certificate in Liturgical Studies Includes:
Foundations of Liturgy
Liturgical Time and Prayer
Rites of Christian Initiation
Psalms in Worship
Special Topics in Liturgy
Liturgy and Preaching in Latino Congregations
Students studying for the degrees of Doctor of Ministry or Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry may also pursue a Concentration in Liturgical Studies within their degree programs.
The Doctor of Ministry with a Concentration in Liturgical Studies provides the student with an opportunity for advanced theological study and examination of particular ministerial practice. The Liturgical Studies Concentration requires five courses from the sacramental/liturgical curriculum, including the two core courses (THE 639 and THE 642) and three electives.
The Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry with a Concentration in Liturgical Studies requires that students complete a total of four courses from the liturgical/sacramental curriculum, including the two core courses (THE 639 and THE 642) and two electives.
Why Pursue a Certificate in Liturgical Studies?
If you are interested in a broad range of diocesan and parish ministries, a Liturgical Studies certificate might be right for you. When you study liturgical practice and tradition, you will see how liturgy is at the heart of Catholic worship through word and sacrament. It allows ministers to foster meaningful liturgical participation through which religious communities encounter God and express their faith.
Liturgy is a dynamic, human/divine activity which expresses in a unique and concrete way the mystery of Christ and the beliefs of the community of faith which is the Church. It is an essential source of formation in Christian discipleship. A Certificate in Liturgical Studies provides an accessible avenue for lay ecclesial ministers and others to deepen and expand their understanding of this living reality.
Why Liturgical Studies at Barry?
The Liturgical Studies program at Barry University is the only one of its kind in Florida.
It provides a multi-disciplinary approach that includes the study of theological, historical, spiritual, and pastoral dimensions of the Christian liturgical/sacramental tradition.