Hispanic Leadership Institute

The Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) at the College of Saint Elizabeth will promote the individual development of Hispanics for increased participation in leadership roles in their communities.

The College of Saint Elizabeth through the Hispanic Leadership Institute Programs will offer enrichment opportunities to provide theological education that is historically, culturally, and religiously grounded in the Hispanic context and experience for those involved in Hispanic Ministry. This will be offered in various forms of educational opportunities such as seminars, workshops, community dialogue, special events and academic courses.

Our Hispanic Leadership tracks are directed toward both Hispanic and non-Hispanic persons interested in ministry within Hispanic communities and will provide contact with Hispanic experiences and traditions of the Catholic Church.

The Institute will promote the development of Leadership for ministry among Hispanics through its various venues: Certificate Programs, Pastoral Enrichment Seminars and a Masters in Hispanic Theology & Ministry (coming soon).

Seminar Enrichment Program

The Institute will promote the development of Leadership for ministry among Hispanics through its various venues: Pastoral Enrichment Seminars (Available), Credit Bearing Certificate Programs (Available), Spanish Diaconate Formation Program (Available) and Masters in Hispanic Theology & Ministry (In development). All of these programs are offered in Spanish.


The pastoral enrichment seminars serve as an opportunity for evangelization as well as for growth in the knowledge and skills necessary for church ministry and leadership among Hispanics. The Enrichment Certificate program will include a series of eight (8) seminars. Each participant will receive an Attendance Certificate for each seminar. If the participant attends all eight (8) he/she will receive an Enrichment Certificate from the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Below are the seminars we offer:

  • Called to the Mission (Lay Ministry)
  • On Journey with the Word (Introduction To Scriptures)
  • We are Church (Vatican II)
  • Jesus our Companion (Christology)
  • Leadership I – Basic Elements of Leadership
  • Leadership II – Dynamics & Techniques in Leadership
  • Leadership III – Pastoral Leadership I
  • Leadership IV – Pastoral Leadership II

Certificate in Pastoral Ministry


Passionate for the Gospel, witnessing to the legacy of Vincent de Paul and Elizabeth Ann Seton, impelled by the Mission and Values of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the Ministry Certificate Courses of Study within the Philosophy and Theology Program support students in their quest for ongoing Christian faith formation as ministers and leaders. This includes formal classes, appropriate workshops, liturgies, days of reflection and retreats.


The Center for Ministry & Spirituality has grown for the past 28 years by building a foundation of relationships, lay and ordained, inter-religious and multicultural, that have shaped and enriched its service to the Church and those who love it.

The Ministry Certificate Programs are devoted to academic excellence, spiritual growth and the cultivation of ministerial skills and competencies.

In addition, the center is committed to continuing theological education and spiritual enrichment through its many programs, especially its annual Spirituality Convocation, Pastoral Days and Summer Institute.


In order to obtain a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, the student is expected to complete a program of 24 credits including an "integration seminar," which is a capstone experience. The participants are also expected to take part in annual spiritual events for personal and professional growth extraneous to but connected to the formal classroom experiences.

For the Diaconal Ministry Certificate – 32 credits are required.


  • Earn 24 undergraduate theological credits in 24 months. Credits are transferable if one wishes to pursue a B.A in Theology and/or other areas of study.
  • Classroom and Online Options
  • 50% tuition discount for qualified parish volunteers and employees
  • All courses taught in English and Spanish


  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Religious Education
  • Pastoral Administration
  • Youth Ministry
  • Diaconal Ministry

Leadership Certificate in Hispanic Ministry


The Leadership Certificate in Hispanic Ministry offers courses that provide theological education that is historically, culturally, and religiously grounded in the U.S. Hispanic/Latino context and experience. These courses are directed toward both Hispanic and non-Hispanic persons who are interested in ministry with the rapidly growing Hispanic/Latino communities. The Leadership Certificate in Hispanic Ministry provides an introductory theological education for ministry and leadership in Hispanic organizations and communities. Courses in this program, available in both English and Spanish, are intended to assist leaders in strengthening the faith and witness of parishes in Hispanic/Latino communities. The program is also available to individuals who wish to explore educational opportunities for personal and community enrichment.

Taught in both English and Spanish, this program is available for both volunteers and professional staff involved in or considering Hispanic ministry. This certificate is the only such program available on the East Coast to Hispanic communities.


  • Hispanics and the Church in the United States
  • Hispanic Spirituality; Cultural expressions of Faith
  • Leadership Skills and Competencies
  • Challenges in Ministry Today
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Ministry Integration Seminar with Capstone Project

Total credits: 24 – six courses of four credits each