Distance Learning at the JDI

Distance Learning at the Josephinum Diaconate Institute of the Pontifical College Josephinum


Pontifical College JosephinumMission

The Pontifical College Josephinum is a Roman Catholic seminary whose mission is to prepare men for the ordained priesthood through human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation. The seminary consists of two academic divisions: The College of Liberal Arts and The School of Theology, which includes a Pre-Theology Program.

The Josephinum is a pontifical institution immediately subject to the Holy See, through the Apostolic Nuncio, and governed by the Board of Trustees. 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.

Continuing the vision of its founder, Msgr. Joseph Jessing, the Josephinum seeks to prepare priests for the new evangelization and to serve the pastoral needs of the Church. In fidelity to this vision, the Josephinum provides resources to prepare candidates for the priesthood, enabling them to respond to the particular needs of their local communities. The Josephinum shares its resources with the wider Church by promoting vocations and by offering continuing education to clergy and laity.      

Approved by the Board of Trustees, October 25, 2005 and reaffirmed every year since.

Focus of the Josephinum Diaconate Institute

Emerging from the last sentence of this mission statement, our curriculum is designed to serve a wide range of academic, pastoral and administrative needs of the American and the world-wide diaconate communities. 

The additional knowledge and skills you gain from this knowledge will be of immediate benefit to you, the faithful, and the Church.

Program Direction

All of our courses have been developed under the direction of the seminary’s Rector/ President,  the Executive Director of the Josephinum Diaconate Institute of the Pontifical College Josephinum and the JDI Academic Board.

Benefits of Technology

Geography often does not permit us to meet in person.  However, the technology of the Internet does allow us to interact with each other.  The Pontifical College Josephinum provides a Learning Management Environment that enables distance learning students to participate in lectures, forum discussions, chat sessions, submit assignments, take examinations and receive feedback on their progress.


The Pontifical College Josephinum falls under the direction of The Sacred Congregation of Bishops, with the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, as its Chancellor and the ordinary of Diocese of Columbus, Ohio as its Vice-Chancellor.

The Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents, 30 East Broad Street, 36th floor, Columbus, OH 43215-3414, to the Pontifical College Josephinum and evidence of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, an affiliate of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/and by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103, are available in the office of the Registrar.

The Josephinum was last accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada (ATS) in 1970, and by the Higher Learning Commission, an affiliate of the North Central Association (NCA), in 2011 for a period of 10 years.

The Pontifical College Josephinum is approved to enroll veterans under the Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, 1952, P.L. 500; authorized under federal laws to enroll non-immigrant alien students; and designated the sponsor of an Exchange-Visitor Program in accordance with the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961.

Our twelve-week courses are two graduate credit hours and our six-week courses are one graduate credit hour.  All of our courses currently lead toward a Certificate of Completion granted by the Pontifical College Josephinum.

Time Commitments

Each course is designed to be taken over a twelve-week or six-week, continuous period.

Each course is made up of weekly modules or sub-units of the core materials.

Each module has been designed to have an average of six to nine hours of learner involvement per week. 

Involvement Methods

Involvement includes a combination of:

  • Reading (online and/or paper)
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Field work
  • Interactivity

Field Work

As an aspirant, a candidate an ordained deacon or collegue in ministry, you are an important resource to your fellow parishioners.  Part of your time commitment during this course will include opportunities to expand circle of others who serve or want to serve the Church.


 Online learning allows for various types of interactivity with your instructor and fellow learners.

Synchronous activities allow you to have interactions in real time. Examples include chat rooms and video conference calls, which allow for discussions on course topics.

Asynchronous activities will allow you to read, research, reflect, and then share your ideas with the other members of the course and your instructor.  Examples include assignments, forum discussions and messages.  The forums and chat rooms provide for interaction with other students, which allows you to expand your ministerial network with others taking the course. 

Reading and paper writing assignments will give you an opportunity to reflect on Scripture and Church documents, as well as the theology, doctrines, history, pastoral activities and liturgical practices of the church.

Ongoing Course Improvement

We value your ongoing feedback regarding all facets of this course.  We hope to continually improve all aspects of learning. You will be asked to evaluate the course(s) you have taken and provide more extensive feedback as you wish. 

Please feel free to share your thoughts with your Instructor and the Distance Learning Director of the Josephinum Diaconate Institute.


Last modified: Sunday, 21 January 2018, 7:49 PM