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Programs & Workshops

Feel free to peruse this list below to discover formation opportunities within the Archdiocese of Toronto. Click on the month for a quick look!














Online Faith Formation Study Opportunity

Offered in Partnership with the University of Dayton, open to all members of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Certificates of completion offered conjointly with the Archdiocese of Toronto

Registration is now open for Cycle 2 online seminars on a variety of topics related to our Catholic faith.

Download list of courses and seminars offered

DATE: February 21 to March 27, 2021.
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
COST$50 USD for five-week courses; $40  USD for three-week seminars.
For more information, contact Connie Price at or 416-934-3400, ext. 513

Made for Greatness: Becoming Holy Disciples of Christ - POSTPONED

For single men aged 18+ who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus, grow in holiness, and discover where the Lord might be leading. As men walk this path of discipleship together, they'll explore the ways they are each uniquely called to build the Kingdom: through holy marriage, religious life, or priesthood.

Made for Greatness discipleship groups take place in parishes throughout the archdiocese. Check for specific locations and meeting times.

CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or



Lay Pastoral Visitors Training

This program will prepare you to provide pastoral visits and bring Holy Communion to the sick, elderly and homebound of our parish communities who are unable to attend Mass.  New and seasoned volunteers are welcome to attend.  You will learn about: The Call to Ministry; Understanding Sickness and Healing; Pastoral Visits - Basic Skills; Developing Listening Skills; Pastoral Care of the Dying.  Participants are required to attend all sessions.  There is no cost to attend.

WHEN: Tuesdays, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2021

TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Online Event 
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at 416-934-3400 ext. 523 or



Bereavement Ministry Training

The Bereavement Ministry Training (also known as the Ministry of Consolation) is designed for those who are ministering to the bereaved in a parish setting. New and seasoned parish bereavement ministers and volunteers are invited to join us for an interactive, faith-based educational and spiritual learning opportunity. You will learn about: The Order of Christian Funerals; Communication and Listening Skills; Overview of Grief and Mourning; Facilitating Skills and Support Groups; Beginning your Program; Healing and Meditation; Self Care for the Minister.  Come, learn, and share how the Christian faithful comfort mourners with words of faith and support and with acts of kindness.  Registrants are required to participate in all online sessions and complete pre-homework to complete and receive full training.  There is no cost to attend, however, the cost of the optional participant workbook may apply.  

WHEN: Thursdays, January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2021 

TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Online Event 
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at 416-934-3400 ext. 523 or



Virtual Training Session for Joy-Filled Marriage

Joy-Filled Marriage is used jointly by the Archdiocese of Toronto and Catholic Family Services-Toronto for their marriage preparation sessions. It offers theologically rich and pastorally sensitive content for engaged couples preparing for marriage. This program calls couples to explore their own uniqueness by seeking their identity and mission in Christ. 

Clergy and current or prospective parish marriage preparation leaders are invited to join us for our upcoming Virtual Training Session for Joy-Filled Marriage program led by Ascension Press. 

If you are an engaged couple seeking a marriage preparation course, please contact your local parish for more information. 

WHEN and Time: 
  • Friday, January 22, from 6-9 p.m. 
  • Saturday, January 23, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Registrants are required to attend both sessions to receive full training. 

  • Please register for one ticket per household, as an individual, or with your spouse.
  • After registration closes on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 6 p.m., a list of the registrants from your parish will be communicated to your pastor, and arrangements on how to receive training material will be communicated to you.
  • It is recommended participants receive training material before Friday, January 22, 2021. The Archdiocese of Toronto and Catholic Family Services of Toronto will cover the cost for ten people maximum per parish. 
CONTACT: Annalisa Parente at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or

February 2021

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Formation Webinar
The Eucharist: Food for Missionary Disciples

In Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis reminds, us that by virtue of our baptism, we are all missionary disciples and that we are all called to evangelize. 

This webinar will explore how the Eucharist is the food for our journey as missionary disciples. We will explore questions such as:
• What does it really mean when we talk about the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Christian life?
• How can we understand the Eucharist as food for our journey as missionary disciples?
• How can Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion more fully embrace the call to missionary discipleship?   
All Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are invited to join us on February 27 to look at explore these questions and more as we look to see the role the Eucharist plays in our life as Missionary Disciples.

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2021 

TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Online Event 
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at 416-934-3400 ext. 523 or


March 2021

Lay Pastoral Associate Professional Development Webinar: 
Mental Health in Times of Crisis, Spiritual and Emotional Coping Skills

The Covid-19 pandemic has put our world into a collective trauma.  Effective ministry during a crisis necessitates new skills to support our work as Lay Pastoral Associates and ministry personnel.

Our workshop presenter, Fr. Stephan Kappler, is the President and Chief Psychologist of The Southdown Institute.  He is a licensed psychologist and priest of the Diocese of Oakland.  Fr. Kappler will provide an overview of the symptoms of trauma.  He will then offer spiritual and emotional coping skills to support us in maintaining a healthy and effective ministry presence.

This workshop will include time for group discussion.  We will be using Zoom with break out rooms.  Our presentation will not be recorded.  If you are planning to attend, please register before the deadline of March 1, 2021.  There is no charge to attend this event, but it is limited to those employed by a parish to provide pastoral ministry.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 

TIME: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Online Event 
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at 416-934-3400 ext. 523 or


Lector Formation Webinar: Richer Access- The Importance of the Lectionary

The Lectionary is an essential aspect of our liturgical life. It is from the Lectionary that the readings are proclaimed. However, that doesn't mean that we always understand and appreciate why the Lectionary is important or the role it plays in our liturgical life.
This webinar will explore some important aspects of the Lectionary and its role in the Church and look at questions such as:
-What is the Lectionary?
-Where did it come from?
-Why do we need a Lectionary at all?
-How does the Lectionary help us in our journey of faith? 

All Lectors are invited to join us on March 3, 2021 to explore these and other questions related to the Lectionary. 

WHEN: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 

TIME: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Online Event 
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at 416-934-3400 ext. 523 or


April 2021

Early Catholic Family Life Virtual Training

WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2021 

TIME: To be announced
WHERE: Online Event 
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at 416-934-3400 ext. 523 or



Last updated January 20, 2020