Continuing Ministry Formation Program- CMFP

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

CMFP Graduation
Graduación del CMFP

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 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:







Dr. Amanda Alexander
Department Director
Phone: (909) 475-5387

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

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June 13, 2021 | 13 de Junio, 2021 
@ 2:00 p.m.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish, Yucaipa

Livestreamed Recording | Grabación

Official Invitation and
List of Graduates by Vicariate

Invitación y lista de egrasados AQUI

Graduation Photos HERE

Fotos de la Graduación AQUI


*Enrollment and Enrollment Renewal for 2021-2022
Deadline: July 31, 2021

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*Enrollment is available to students that have successfully completed the Introduction to CMFP or are returning students only. 

*Inscripción y Renovación de Inscripción para 2021-2022
Plazo de solicitud: 31 de julio, 2021

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*La inscripción es disponible solamente para los estudiantes que hayan completado la Introducción al CMFP o son estudiantes que regresan.

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