CATFE Biennial Conference was held at St. John's Seminary in January 2018. St. John's serves the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Southwest dioceses from San Diego and Orange to Monterey, and inland from Fresno to San Bernadino. St. John's Seminary is located in Camarillo, approximately 50 mi. from downtown Los Angeles. Read more...
Updates from ATFE:
Welcome to the Catholic Association for Theological Field Education. This site is home to the professionals at Catholic Seminaries and Schools of Theology who guide formation for ministry through theological field education. We are a multicultural community that offers the opportunity to collaborate, support, share information and be resource to and for each other. We are committed to challenging ourselves to integrity in our ministry and ongoing professional development.
Our Seminaries/Schools are ATS [the Association of Theological Schools] accredited. To meet that accreditation each school has, included in its curriculum, some significant hands on ministry experience that is supervised and evaluated. These experiences give the students the opportunity and the context to practice and reflect on ministry. It is the responsibility of the Field Educator to shepherd students and supervisors through the experience, making it a time of reflective growth and increasing competence for all involved. Through the use of theological reflection, consultation, engaging with peers, classroom time, and living and working with ministry professionals the goals of these curricular ministry experiences can be reached.
As CATFE, we hold a biennial consultation to bring members together with the goal of networking, learning from one another and sharing experiences that are both successful and that challenge us to new and greater understanding of our ministry as Field Educators.
Many of our members are also members of ATFE [the Association for Theological Field Education]. ATFE is an international association of Theological Field Educators whose members include Field Educators of all Christian denominations. ATFE holds a biennial consultation and CATFE members are encouraged to participate in the ATFE biennial where we caucus as a group.