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Pontifical College Josephinum

Founded in 1888 at Columbus,Ohio, the Pontifical College Josephinum was granted Pontifical status in 1892 by Pope Leo XIII, thus becoming and remaining the only Pontifical Seminary in the Western Hemisphere. Its programs follow the norms established by the Code of Canon Law, the Congregation for Catholic Education, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Skip Fall Semester Begins 9/15/14

Fall Semester Begins 9/15/14

The FALL Courses are available NOW for registration at:

There are fifteen great courses, including three new courses (shown in red)
Prophets, Implementing the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults, and Catholic Social Teaching.








Canon Law for Deacons


Fundamental Theology


Sacramental Theology


Philosophy for Understanding Theology


Medical and Health Care Morality for Deacons


Better Homilies for Deacons


Pastoral Counseling for Deacons


Counseling Marriage & Family for Deacons


Implementing the Rites of Christian Initiation


Health Care Ministry for Deacons


Introduction to Grief Counseling


Spirituality for Deacons





Catholic Social Teaching - 6 week


Starting in September the Learning Management System URL will be changed.

You will be logging into for your classes, starting in September.  This new site will be available on August 5th.

Send an email to or call Deacon Michael Berstene at 1-877-9DEACON (877-933-2266) if you have any questions or need help registering.

Skip Pontifical College Josephinum Accredited by ATS

Pontifical College Josephinum Accredited by ATS

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) has granted accreditation to the distance education program of the Pontifical College Josephinum.  This means that all courses are more easily transferable to other colleges for those working on degrees.  All courses are equivalent to two college credits.

Keep watching for news about our online masters degree.  Although we do not have an online degree at this time, we anticipate having approval of such a degree program in another year and a half to two years.

Any deacon who has ever taken any course from us now and in the future can apply courses toward that degree when it becomes available.  More information to follow.  Watch this Space.


updated 27 July 2014

  1. As we approach the end of this semester, we are all thrilled with your progress in your studies.  
  2. Final examinations are scheduled for the week of August 4-9. The examination has been posted after the last module in your courses and will be open on August 4th.   
  3. Please work with your course facilitator if you have questions or problems concerning your course. This contact information is posted on the top of your course opening page.
  4. For any other questions, please contact Deacon Mike Berstene at
  5. Continue to work diligently and know that we pray daily for your success. We also pray for your families who give up some of their time with you that you might apply yourself to your studies and grow in knowledge, wisdom and grace.
God's peace and blessing upon you, your ministry, and your families.
        The Josephinum Diaconate Institute Staff

Course categories


  Diaconate Ordination

The Josephinum also shares its resources by offering continuing education to clergy and laity. The Distance Learning Program for the Diaconate has been developed in full compliance with the norms and standards promulgated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. 

Skip Online Courses at the Josephinum

Online Courses at the Josephinum

All on line courses at the Josephinum are twelve weeks in duration and do not require that you be present at any particular time.  They are self-paced in the sense that you can work on the material at any time.  The suggested format is to complete a module every week for the twelve weeks during the course; however, you can work ahead if you prefer.  

As a guide, courses will require about 7 1/2 to 10 hours of work per week.  Some courses will require more reading than others, some courses will require direct application through journal or log entries, and some courses will require more reflective assignments.  All courses will require non participatory forum discussions.  Each course also requires three lives phone conferences during the semester (weeks 1, 5 and 11) where all of the students and the facilitator get together to discuss general issues.  There is a final examination that is given on line at the completion of the twelve weeks.  

Each course is graded by the facilitator according to class participation and assignments completed and final examination.  Successful completion of the course will earn the student two graduates credit hours.  Courses can be used for continuing education or college credit.  Students may elect to audit a course if they chose to complete the course for non credit.  

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