religious education
 

Training programs and scholarships

The Diocese of Erie has chosen to accept the definitions of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership in recognizing three levels of Religious Education Leadership. The fourth level, Facilitator of Religious Education, is considered an entry level position.

 1.  Silo'am Project

  A. Requirement satisfied
  This formation program is designed at two levels depending on the needs of the person beginning the formation process. Silo’am will prepare religious education leaders to use either the title of Administrator or Coordinator based on previous experience and education.
  B. Availablity
 

Silo’am is a Diocese of Erie sponsored formation process for religious education leaders. It utilizes online resources coupled with local formation directors to offer a challenging yet supportive formation for ministry. Silo’am supports self-paced growth within a commitment to the living Tradition of the Catholic community.

  C. Program Costs:
 

Fees for the Silo’am Project are shared by the diocese, the parish and the leader.

Silo’am Introduction and Overview    

2.  Bachelor's Degree in Religious Education

  A. Requirement satisfied
  This college degree satisfies Diocesan requirements and makes one eligible to use the title of Coordinator of Religious Education.
  B. Availablity
  1. Available at Gannon University
2. Available at Mercyhurst University
  C. Scholarships
 

1. Diocese of Erie Religious Education Endowment Fund
Click here for Endowment Fund forms

2. Gannon offers a substantial discount to people who work in parishes.
3. State and Federal grants and loans

3.  Master's Degree in Pastoral Studies

  A. Requirement satisfied
  This degree satisfies Diocesan requirements and makes one eligible to use the title of Director of Religious Education.
  B. Availablity
 

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  C. Scholarships
 

1. Diocese of Erie Religious Education Endowment Fund
Click here for Endowment Fund forms

2. Gannon offers a substantial discount to people who work in parishes.
3. State and Federal grants and loans