San Juan Diego Ministry Institute

for Lay Leadership Formation 2012 Spring Courses Classes
For more information contact
call office at 956-784-5011 or 956-784-5059

San Juan Diego Ministry Institute

Mission Statement: The purpose and focus of the San Juan Diego Ministry Institute is to prepare Catholics to proclaim their faith in Jesus as Lord, to teach the truths of the Catholic faith, to give witness to the spiritual tradition of the Catholic Church, and to extend to others the invitation to join in mission of the Church.

In Baptism, we are called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to all. We are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to grow in faith and love. The San Juan Diego Ministry Institute provides opportunities for human, spiritual, pastoral and intellectual formation to enable the faithful of the Rio Grande Valley to answer their Baptismal call and share their gifts. The San Juan Diego Ministry Institute provides continuing education for adults who want to learn more about their faith, become Extraordinary Ministers of Communion or lectors and for those who want to become more active in their parish or community in other capacities.

*Basic Formation
*Pre-requisite for all courses.
Syllabus: The aim of this class is to analyze the Roman Catholic teachings as stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The purpose of the study is to familiarize oneself with the ways in which the Catholic tradition has unfolded historically and to uncover the basic and constant structures of the faith. The course is two semesters. The first semester covers Christology, Scripture, Sacramental Theology. The second semester encompasses Church History, Ecclesiology, Mary and the Saints and Theological Reflection.

Social Justice
Syllabus: The three cornerstone of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) are: Human Dignity, Solidarity, and Subsidiary. The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and Episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. In this class we will highlight some of the key themes that are at the heart of CST.

Syllabus: The aim of this class is to analyze the teachings of the Catholic Church. The class is divided in two parts, in the first weeks we will study the ways in which we can understand, explain and defend the Catholic faith based on natural, biblical and royal reasons. The second part of the semester we will focus on the sacrament of the Mass as the summit of all Christian life. We will study the different ways in which an hour a week can change our lives when we live the Mass after the celebration.

Theology of the Body
Syllabus: This course surveys theological reflection concerning the significance of the body, its relation to the person, and its sexual dimension in the Christian tradition. The writings of Pope John Paul II will guide the examination of both, continuity and development in thought concerning the body. Class sessions will combine introductory lectures and class discussions based on “The Theology of the Body” of John Paul II.


Communion Ministry
Syllabus: The course will focus on Eucharistic theology, the theology of the Eucharistic celebration and will teach the student the rites that pertain to his/her role as an extraordinary minister of communion.

Hospital Ministry
Syllabus: Communicating with Compassion, Basic Listening, Listening at Deeper Levels, The Grieving Process, Bereavement with Children and Adolescents, End of Life Issues, Marching into Awareness, Prayer and Spirituality, Sacraments and Sacra-mentality, Counseling the Family, Crisis Intervention, Do’s and Don"ts of Hospital Ministry, Ministry of the Church.

Canonical Advocacy
Syllabus: Introduction to Canon Law, Theology of Matrimony, Matrimonial Impediments, Matrimonial Nullity, Different Processes, Presentation of Cases, Acceptance of Cases, Function of the Advocate/Procurator.


San Juan Diego Ministry Institute
Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, TX 78589

Phone:(956) 784-5011
Director: Deacon Luis Zuniga


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