We congratulate the CMFP Class of 2020 for their accomplishments and we thank Bishop Barnes and Coadjutor Bishop Rojas for accompanying us in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony held in their honor. 

Click below for a complete list of graduates

CMFP Class of 2020 

To watch the recorded Virtual Graduation Ceremony in honor of the CMFP Class of 2020, click here: CMFP Virtual Graduation

The Association for Hispanic
Theological Education (AETH) also extends their Congratulations to the CMFP Class of 2020

Continuing Ministry Formation Program- CMFP

Due to current Social Distancing Directives in response to Covid-19 our programs are only being offered online. 

MFI I CMFP Certification

The Continuing Ministry Formation Program (CMFP) is a 3-5 year adult enrichment program as well as a credential program for coordinators of ministries to prepare them to serve the Church as lay ecclesial ministers supporting the Pastor or Pastoral Coordinator in enacting the parish and diocesan vision.

Following guidelines developed by the USCCB and articulated in the document Coworkers in the Vineyard of the Lord,(2005), and the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers (2011) the CMFP provides formation which encompasses the human,  spiritual, intellectual and pastoral aspects of each person's personal development.

The program offers two options of Formation:

Track 1: "Faith Enrichment" for adults who desire to grow in the knowledge of their faith.

Track 2: "Ministerial Leadership" for those who serve or desire to serve in a leadership position at the parish level. This option is a

requirement for those who are seeing to serve as Lay Ecclesial Ministers (LEM) as Directors/coordinators of a specific ministry or as

Pastoral Associates (PA).  It is also a requirement for those discerning their vocation to the Permanent Diaconate.

Theological content:

  • Year 1.   God's Revelation & Covenant: (Old Testament and New Testament)

  • Year 2.    Jesus & His Mission: (Christology)

  • Year 3.    The Church Continues the Mission of Jesus: (History, Ecclesiology, Sacramental and Moral theology)

  • Year 3-4.   Advanced specialization in one area of Ministry: (Catequesis, Adult Faith Formation, Ministry with Young and Young-Adult Catholics, Liturgy and Charity and Justice. )

We integrate a holistic approach to formation incorporating all four competencies (Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Pastoral) into our weekly classes and once a month formation Saturdays.

For the Program application process, please read below:

  1. Completion of the "Parish Minister's Formation Program" (PMFP) and one  basic ministerial specialization

  2. Completion of the "Introduction to CMFP" intermediate course  (Applications every year are due by March)

  3. Completion and submission of the CMFP Application Form. For those seeking "Ministerial Leadership" along with the application form, participants must provide:

    • a letter of recommendation from their Pastor, Pastoral Coordinator, or representative of their approved Catholic Movement/Organization.

    • a letter of financial support from their Pastor, Pastoral Coordinator, or representative of their approved Catholic Movement/Organization.

  4. Attach a recent photo of yourself (2x2 size)

For further information please contact:

Maria H. Sedano (Maruja)
Department Director
Phone: (909) 475-5387

Maria Antonia Amao, CMFP Program Director (Español)                        Steven M. Halligan, CMFP Program Director (English)
mariaamao@sbdiocese.org                                                                E-mail: shalligan@sbdiocese.org
                                 (909) 475-5383                                                                                                     (909) 475-5382

In May 2020, the Board of Directors of the Asociación de Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH) granted certification to MFI/CMFP for four years beginning in January 2020. The certification acknowledges that “The Ministry Formation Institute’s Continuing Ministry Formation Program (CMFP) is a Certified Institutional Member of AETH which indicates a commitment to provide high quality advanced theological education and to meet the expectations of baccalaureate equivalency as described in the Educational Standards of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)”.

One of the benefits of the AETH certification is that those CMFP students who graduated in years 2020 and after, with a certificate in Advanced Theological Studies for Ministerial Leadership with a specialization, can apply to all ATS certified schools for entry to a master’s program in Theology or related fields of study. Click HERE for a list of ATS certified schools.

Message from our Director


1201 E. Highland Ave 

San Bernardino, Ca 92404

Office Hours

Monday to Friday

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Email and Phone Number


(909) 475-5375