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FDLC-Diocesan Director of Worship, Parish Director of Liturgy
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Below are the specific portfolio requirements for the two specializations administered by the FDLC followed by their specialized competencies.  To download the specialized competencies as a pdf click here.

 

Portfolio Requirements for Diocesan Director of Worship (DW)

 

1.      A cover letter in which the applicant formally requests certification.

2.      All initial application materials for admission to the certification process.

3.      Written assessments by the candidate, supervisor, peer or colleague, subordinate, (arch)bishop or (arch)diocesan director.

4.      Minimum 150 clock hours or 15 credits in five core theological disciplines. Equivalency may be demonstrated by a paper, examination, lecture, or other approved method.

5.      Eighteen graduate credits in Liturgical Studies. Equivalency may be demonstrated by a paper, examination, lecture, or other approved method.

6.      Evidence of successful preparation and execution of major parish or (arch)diocesan liturgical celebrations.

7.      Integration paper that applies personal, spiritual, theological, pastoral and specialized competence to the practice of pastoral ministry

8.      A master’s degree from an accredited institution.

 

Portfolio Requirements for Parish Director of Liturgy (DL)

 

1.      A cover letter in which the applicant formally requests certification.

2.      All initial application materials for admission to the certification process.

3.      Written assessments by the candidate, supervisor, peer or colleague, subordinate, (arch)bishop or (arch)diocesan director.

4.      Minimum 150 clock hours or 15 credits in five core disciplines. Equivalency may be demonstrated by a paper, examination, lecture or other approved method.

5.      Eighteen undergraduate credits in Liturgical Studies. Equivalency may be demonstrated by a paper, examination, lecture or other approved method.

6.      Evidence of successful preparation and execution of major parish or (arch)diocesan liturgical celebrations.

7.      Integration paper that applies personal, spiritual, theological, pastoral and specialized competence to the practice of pastoral ministry.

8.      A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

 

FDLC / Diocesan Director of Worship (DW) Specialized Competencies

 

The (arch)bishop is the chief liturgist of his (arch)diocese.  He appoints the pastors and other ministers to care for the liturgical life of his people.

 

In collaboration with these ministers, a competent lay liturgist will prepare and execute liturgies with style and grace. He/she will also be responsible for the liturgical formation of liturgical ministers and parish assemblies.

 

In addition to the competencies and standards listed above, the lay liturgist will be well formed in the study of Sacred Liturgy—its theology, its history, and its right praxis.

 

It is assumed that one who serves as a Director of Worship at an (arch)diocesan level and who serves the (arch)bishop and clergy and the faithful of the (arch)diocese, will possess at least a master’s degree in liturgical studies from an accredited university program.

 

A Diocesan Director of worship will:

 

Demonstrate a knowledge of official liturgical documents and texts

DW 1  Demonstrate facility with the Churchs official liturgical books and be able to implement

the various rites of the Church in their appropriate liturgical contexts.

DW 2  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current legislation, documentation, and

pastoral practice in order to prepare liturgical rites and celebrations

DW 3  Demonstrate an ability to evaluate liturgical celebrations in fidelity to the official

liturgical books and Catholic liturgical theology.

DW 4  Develop parish liturgical and music guidelines and policies in accord with universal and

diocesan norms.

 

Demonstrate a knowledge of liturgical history

DW 5  Demonstrate an ability to explain the history of Catholic liturgy and the cultural contexts

which impacted it.

 

Demonstrate a knowledge of the liturgical year

DW 6  Demonstrate an understanding of the Liturgical Year by appropriately celebrating the

seasons, weeks, days, and hours of the year.

DW 7  Demonstrate a knowledge of the sanctoral cycle and its place within the liturgical year.

 

Demonstrate cultural sensitivity

DW 8 Demonstrate proficiency and intercultural sensitivity in preparing, coordinating, and implementing communal celebrations which respect assemblies of various languages and cultural groups. 

DW 9  Demonstrate familiarity with the richness of the devotional and sacramental life of the Church and guide its authentic celebration in a parish or broader context.

 

Competencies related to Music

DW 10 Demonstrate an understanding of the ritual, spiritual, and cultural dimensions of music as integral to the sacred liturgy, and demonstrate the ability to collaborate in evaluating its   musical, liturgical, and pastoral appropriateness in a particular rite.

 

Competencies in Liturgical Formation 

DW 11 Demonstrate development of parish programs for the effective formation,training, enrichment, supervision, and evaluation of liturgical ministers and a similar program for a parish worship committee.

DW 12 Give evidence of having created opportunities for liturgical catechesis: catechesis

 through liturgy, catechesis for liturgy, and the link between liturgy and social justice. 

 DW 13 Illustrate development of a comprehensive and long-range vision for parish liturgical life based on Church documents and directives.

 

 

FDLC / Parish Director of Liturgy (DL) Specialized Competencies

 

The (arch)bishop is the chief liturgist of his (arch)diocese.  He appoints the pastors and other ministers to care for the liturgical life of his people.

 

In collaboration with the Bishop and the pastor, a competent lay liturgist will prepare and execute liturgies with style and grace. He/she may also be responsible for the liturgical formation of the liturgical ministers and parish assemblies.

 

In addition to the competencies and standards listed above, the lay liturgist will be well formed in the study of Sacred Liturgy—its theology, its history, and its right praxis.

 

While it is assumed that one who directs an Office of Worship at an (arch)diocesan level will possess at least a master’s degree in liturgical studies from an accredited university program, the parish director of liturgy should also be adequately trained to fulfill his/her duties.

 

A parish director of liturgy will:

 

Demonstrate a knowledge of official liturgical documents and texts

 DL 1    Demonstrate facility with the Churchs official liturgical books and be able to implement the various rites of the Church in their appropriate liturgical contexts.

DL 2    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current legislation, documentation, and pastoral practice in order to prepare liturgical rites and celebrations.

DL 3    Demonstrate an ability to evaluate liturgical celebrations in fidelity to the official

liturgical books and Catholic liturgical theology.

 DL 4    Follow guidelines and policies in accord with universal and diocesan norms.

 

Demonstrate a knowledge of liturgical history

 DL 5    Demonstrate an ability to explain the history of Catholic liturgy and the cultural contexts which impacted it.

 

Demonstrate a knowledge of the liturgical year

DL 6    Demonstrate an understanding of the Liturgical Year by appropriately celebrating the

seasons, weeks, days, and hours of the year.

DL 7    Demonstrate a knowledge of the sanctoral cycle and it place within the liturgical year.

 

Demonstrate cultural sensitivity

DL 8    Demonstrate proficiency and intercultural sensitivity in preparing, coordinating, and implementing communal celebrations which respect assemblies of various languages and cultural groups. 

DL 9   Demonstrate familiarity with the richness of the devotional and sacramental life of the

Church and guide its authentic celebration in a parish or broader context.

 

Compentencies related to Music

DL 10 Demonstrate an understanding of the ritual, spiritual, and cultural dimensions of music as integral to the sacred liturgy, and demonstrate the ability to collaborate in evaluating its musical, liturgical, and pastoral appropriateness in a particular rite.

 

Competencies in Liturgical Formation

 DL 11 In collaboration with the (arch)diocesan Office of Worship, develop a parish program for the effective formation, training, enrichment, supervision, and evaluation of liturgical ministers.

DL 12  Create opportunities for liturgical catechesis: catechesis through liturgy, catechesis for liturgy, and the link between liturgy and social justice.

DL 13 With the pastor, develop a comprehensive and long-range vision for parish liturgical life based on Church documents and directives.

 

 

The Process

  1. Apply for certification by creating a membership and uploading appropriate documentation. 
    Pay the $95 application fee.
  2. APPLICATION is reviewed by your organization's Partner Certification Review Committee (PCRC)
  3. When application is approved by the PCRC you become a CANDIDATE for certification. 
  4. Begin creating your PORTFOLIO by uploading assessments, documents and your integration paper.
    Pay the $165 candidacy fee.
  5. When complete, your PORTFOLIO is reviewed by your PCRC. The PCRC may ask for more information or offer guidance to strengthen your portfolio.
  6. Then the portfolio is forwarded to the National Certification Review Committee (NCRC) and then to the Alliance Commission for final approval.