Recently my wife and I decided to makes some changes, which is requiring some considerable faith on our part. I’ve been teaching in a university for 15 years. I have several advanced degrees (both in philosophy). I’m persuaded my experience thus far has groomed me for a vocation within the parish and/or diocese.
I have a general understanding of the requirements and administrative experience necessary for both the PA and DRE. My question concerns the best sort of supplemental education I’ll need for eventual certification in these roles. I’m curious whether my advanced degrees will be acceptable (one of which is from a Catholic university), or whether I’ll need additional core courses in theology, some sort of pastoral certificate, or something along those lines. Different parishes/diocese all seem to want slightly different things (which surprised me; I thought requirements and expectations would be uniform across dioceses).
I’ll be meeting with my priest and a pastoral associate friend this week. But for those of you with some experience in these matters, I’d love to here from you.