Education and Formation Programs

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This ministry supports the parish communities of the Diocese of San Bernardino in their efforts to learn, practice, and communicate the Catholic Social Teaching of the Church. Through formation and training, we empower committed leaders to establish and accompany the ministries that promote Social Justice, Sanctity of Human Life, and Hope for those who suffer. We empower leaders to Honor Human Life in all its stages and Care for Creation - our Common Home.

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Our Team

To Live the Gospel!

"Catholics are called by God to protect human life, to promote human dignity, to defend the poor, to seek the common good, and to care for creation... There are complex and difficult challenges encountered by women and men as they try to live their faith in the world. We applaud the efforts of all Catholic Communities and individuals, to live the Gospel by pursuing justice and peace in their everyday choices and commitments..." (US Catholic Bishops)

Jose Luis Elias
Xochitl Rodriguez Solano
Administrative Secretary

Catholics need to learn and further explore the links between faith and life, theology and ethics, what we believe and how we act every day.



From Christifideles Laici of Pope St. John Paul II

The Pressing need of the World today:

A new state of affairs today both in the Church and in social, economic, political and cultural life, calls with a particular urgency for the action of the faithful. 

It is necessary, then, to keep a watchful eye on this our world, with its problems and values, its unrest and hopes, its defeats and triumphs: a world whose economic, social, political and cultural affairs pose problems and grave difficulties.

  • The Human Person: A Dignity Violated and Exalted

    • Once again we find ourselves before many persons, our sisters and brothers, whose fundamental rights are being violated, owing to their exceedingly great capacity for endurance and to the clear injustice of certain civil laws: the right to life and to integrity, the right to a house and to work, the right to a family and responsible parenthood, the right to participation in public and political life, the right to freedom of conscience and the practice of religion. (5.1)

    • But the sacredness of the human person cannot be obliterated, no matter how often it is devalued and violated because it has its unshakable foundation in God as Creator and Father. The sacredness of the person always keeps returning, again and again. (5.3)

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Pius XII once stated: "The Faithful, more precisely the lay faithful, find themselves on the front lines of the Church's life; for them the Church is the animating principle for human society. Therefore, they in particular, ought to have an ever-clearer consciousness not only of belonging to the Church, but of being the Church, that is to say, the community of the faithful on earth under the leadership of the Pope, the head of all, and of the Bishops in communion with him. These are the Church ..."[16]

  • Sharers in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission of Christ

    • Priestly: By being baptized, we are incorporated to Christ and to his sacrifice in the offering we make of ourselves in our daily activities. ​Work, prayers, apostolic endeavors, married and family life, daily labor, mental and physical relaxation, and even the hardships of life become sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. "During the celebration of the Eucharist these sacrifices are most lovingly offered to the Father along with the Lord's Body. Thus as worshipers whose every deed is holy, the lay faithful consecrate the world itself to God."​​

    • Prophetic: We are given the responsibility to accept the Gospel and proclaim it in Word and Deed, without hesitating to courageously identify and denounce evil. That is why a right formation in faith and practice is necessary to defend and promote the right to life and the defense of human dignity and justice.

    • Kingly: We are called by God to spread the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. "They [the faithful] exercise their kingship as Christians, above all in the spiritual combat in which they seek to overcome in themselves the kingdom of sin (cf. Rom 6:12), and then to make a gift of themselves so as to serve, in justice and in charity, Jesus who is himself present in all his brothers and sisters, above all in the very least." 


Formation Programs

Formation is essential as part of our Call to Holiness

Charity and Justice 

Participants learn how, in their parish communities, they can identify social issues that impact the faithful and jointly discern the initiatives that can be implemented to bring justice, peace, and the service of charity.

Salt and Light

Participants learn how to support the parish social mission by implementing the USCCB document, "Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish". 

Pastoral Care

Participants learn how they can continue the healing ministry of Jesus in their parish by accompanying those who suffer most.

Sanctity of Human Life

Participants learn to maintain an ethic of life by helping the parish to establish, or expand, the Respect Life Ministries needed to serve those affected by different kinds of trauma.

Bereavement Ministry

Participants are trained to support the parish, establish or expand outreach programs to the bereaved, and to accompany them in their journey to a hope-filled life.

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Levels of Formation

Education and Formation Programs provide formation and education to graduates from the Parish Ministers Formation Program (PMFP), the Coordinator of Ministry Formation Program (CMFP), and to parish ministers serving or discerning their call to serve in the areas of social justice, dignity of human life, bereavement, and pastoral care.



Saturday/Sabado May 7
Bereavement session 1
8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Bereavement session 2
8:30 a.m- 1:00 p.m.

Bereavement Session 3
8:30 a.m- 1:00 p.m.

Bereavement Session 4
8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Bereavement session 5
8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

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