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Congratulations to Christine Battley, Annette Dews, Emma McDonagh, Jonathan Kay, Stuart Liversedge, Jim Noone, Lindsay Reynolds, Martin McCallum and Paul Green, who recently completed the Loyola Certificate in Pastoral Ministry and received their certificates from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon at a special event in Liverpool in December.

The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry is a fully online Professional Development Programme offered by Loyola University Chicago in partnership with Catholic dioceses in the North of England.  It is a non-degree programme offered over two years, equipping participants with up-to-date knowledge, skills and education for contemporary pastoral ministry.  It is aimed at all those who wish to develop their skills in the service of the Church and the world, recognising the co-responsibility of the laity in the mission of the Church today.

In addition to the 2018-19 group who have just completed the programme, three more participants from Hallam are half-way through the course, and a new group of students from around the diocese started in February this year.  In addition to the online study, the Hallam participants meet as a group every couple of months to reflect on the course and to consider how to put it into practice in our parishes, and to share resources and ideas.

For more details about the Loyola Certificate, visit the website: https://www.luc.edu/ips/continuing-education/certificateinpastoralministryfortheunitedkingdom/ or contact Dr Greg Ryan, Director of Adult Formation, gryan@hallam-diocese.com.