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With the Apostolic Letter "Patris corde" ( with a Father's Heart), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a "Year of Saint Joseph" from December 8, 2020, to December 8, 2021

Our Bishop Alberto Rojas announced the Diocese of San Bernardino will celebrate the "Year of Saint Joseph" from December 8, 2020, to December 26, 2021. Click here to access our Diocesan Webpage dedicated to the celebration of St. Joseph.  


Spring 2022 PMFP Registration OPEN
Deadline Thursday, January 20, 2022

Click here to Register

Classes begin Saturday, January 22, 2022


The mission of the Ministry Formation Institute (MFI) is to serve the Diocese of San Bernardino and its parishes by providing quality education and formation to adults, those seeking personal faith enrichment, ministerial leadership, and those inquiring about Permanent Diaconate.  Based on both the “Diocesan Vision” and the USCCB “National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Service,” the institute aims to prepare all to be true Disciples of Christ and faithful representatives of the Church. 

2021 CMFP Graduation Photos Available NOW
Fotos de la graduación del CMFP 2021 disponibles AHORA

CMFP info

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The Parish Ministers Formation Program also known as PMFP is a six month program. PMFP is the basic theological formation program created by Most. Rev. Bishop Gerald R. Barnes in 1998.



The Continuing Ministry Formation Program, also known as CMFP is an advanced theological formation program. Created in 2002 by Most Rev. Bishop R. Gerald Barnes. 

Institutional Partnerships


As of 2019, the Ministry Formation Institute became certified through the U.S. Conference of Bishops subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. 


As of February 2020, the Ministry Formation Institutes, CMFP program became certified by AETH. 

AETH (Association for Hispanic Theological Education), a network of people and institutions. They promote and certify the quality of Hispanic theological educational programs and contribute to the development of the leadership of women and men who strengthen our communities.

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For individuals wishing to pursue a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries, Santa Clara University is pleased to offer an online blended program where courses are taught through a combination of face-to-face, video conferencing, and online experiences.


Many of our diocesan employees, parish staff, and parishioners have taken advantage of this wonderful program. 

For more information, please contact
Lynne Lukenbill at (408)554-4831


The Diocese of San Bernardino has partnered with Loyola Marymount University's Center for Religion and Spirituality. Whether you are a minister, social worker, or catechist, the LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality has something for you. 

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The introductory and intermediate formation course also known as Intro to CMFP began in the summer of 2017. The program runs every summer for 8 weeks. 



In the Diocese of San Bernardino

graduates from CMFP at the “Ministerial Leadership” level with one advanced specialization are eligible to be “certified” and “called” by the local Bishop to “Lay  Ecclesial Ministry” in one of two categories.

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Daniel Arellano

PMFP Student

Bishop Barnes, thank you for being instrumental at creating a wonderful and prayer-filled experience. Words alone cannot express the appreciation I have for this outstanding program!

Mirza D Barrera Pastrana

Intro to CMFP

It has been a pleasure to enroll in this program. My learning platform has grown so much that I have decided to pursue my advanced specialization as I enroll in CMFP.

Fernando Martinez


As a ministry leader and an active participant in the Church, CMFP for me was a beautiful continuous revelation that God gifted me through my formation.

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