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Parish Satellite Courses

Certificate of Catholic Theology

Sacred Heart Major Seminary will offer for the first time the Certificate of Catholic Theology at two parish satellite locations in the Archdiocese of Detroit and Diocese of Lansing continuing in Winter 2015 Semester.


The purpose of the Certificate in Catholic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary is to provide students with a course of study in the area of the foundations of Catholic theology. This course of study constitutes a partial fulfillment of the requirements for professional certification of lay ministers in the Archdiocese of Detroit, and it may be used as a component of the Associate of Arts in Ministry (A.A.M.) degree or the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree.  Learn more.


Intro to Theology - THE 123

Intro to Theology (THE 123) is an introduction to the undergraduate study of theology and pastoral ministry. Its scope includes an introduction to the sources and resources of theology, the major doctrines of the Catholic Church, and an introduction to theological method.


Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth

Monday, January 5 – April 20, 7:00 - 9:10 pm

Fr. Pierre Ingram, instructor


St. John the Baptist, Ypsilanti

Monday, January 5 – April 20, 7:00 - 9:10 pm

Instructor to be determined.


The cost of the course is $818 (tuition for two academic credit hours) plus a $50 registration fee. Please note that the cost is the same whether you take the course for credit or you audit the course without doing the homework or taking the tests. Books should cost approximately $25-75, depending on the instructor and where you purchase the book.


Can I get financial aid?

There are many financial aid opportunities! If you are doing any catechetical work (i.e. teaching catechism, RCIA, youth ministry) at a parish within the Archdiocese of Detroit, you may be eligible for a 45% discount on tuition through the Archdiocesan Catechetical Leaders award. If you have more questions on financial aid opportunities, please contact the Ms. Kathy Luberski at (313) 883-8534 to review these opportunities in greater detail.


How do I sign up for the class?

  • A prospective student needs to be first admitted before he/she can register for the course.
  • Complete an online application. Be sure to complete all the requested fields and hit the Submit button at the end of the form.
  • Request official transcripts (not student copies) from every past academic institution you have attended to be sent directly to Sacred Heart Major Seminary. This includes transcripts from any colleges and universities where you took classes but did not earn a degree
  • Set up a phone interview with an Admissions representative by calling (313) 883-8696. During the interview, you will be asked about your faith journey and the ministries and other volunteer work you have done at the parish and other organizations.


Do you have questions or would like to learn more?

Please contact our Admissions office at  (313) 883-8696 or email us.


Is there an admissions deadline?

Yes! New students must first be admitted before you can register for the course. All admissions materials must be submitted by December 5, 2014.


How much time is required outside of class for study?


The course is an undergraduate scripture course. You can expect to put in roughly six hours of time per week outside of class meetings to do readings, papers, etc.  This is an average time and will vary depending on the student.