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GRE Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

GRE students who make it a point to participate in a national or international professional organization related to their fields of study greatly increase their opportunities to not only network but also contribute to and learn from vast global communities of ministry and learning.

If you do not see a professional organization that you believe should be linked here and made available to our students, please forward your suggestion to Asst. Dean Patrick Holt at

Religious Education, Teaching, and Catechetical Organizations

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), an independent national organization exclusively dedicated to serving the church's catechetical mission in the US.

National Catholic Educational Association, a voluntary association of Catholic school educators and institutions.

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, serves those who serve the youth of the Catholic Church.

Religious Education Association, an association of professors, practitioners, and researchers in religious education.

Pastoral, Theological, and Other Ministerial Organizations

American Academy of Religion, promotes understanding of and critical reflection on religious traditions, issues, questions, texts, etc. and serves the professional interests of members as students, teachers, and scholars.

Catholic Press Association (CPA), a professional organization of communication professionals supporting the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church in the United States.

National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM), the professional organization that supports, educates, and advocates for lay ministers and promotes the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church.

National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM), provides its membership, which is involved in a wide array of ministries, with education, enrichment, resourcing, networking, etc. related to family life ministry.

National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NACPA), promotes leadership in human resources, finance, and administration that models Gospel values, promoting justice in the workplace.

National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC), comprised of member organizations, the NBCC represents African American Roman Catholics and works in collaboration with National Roman Catholic organizations.

National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM), provides a national network and forum for the religious, social, professional, and civic advancement of Roman Catholic Hispanics in the US.

Tekakwitha Conference, voice, presence, and identity of Indigenous Catholics of North America under the protection and inspiration of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.

Spirituality Organizations

Spiritual Directors International, an inclusive, global learning community of people from many faiths and many nations who share a common passion and commitment to the art and contemplative practice of spiritual direction.

Counseling, Healthcare, and Chaplaincy Organizations

American Counseling Association, where counseling professionals turn for powerful, credible content and support.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy.

American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), a membership and certification organization whose mission is to provide spiritually informed and an integrated counseling, collaborative community-based services, training, and education in order to enhance the well being of individuals, famil, es and communities.

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), a multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths.

Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), with a commitment to interfaith ministry and the professional practice of chaplaincy care, the APC serves chaplains in all types of health and human service setting.

Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), advances the Catholic health ministry of the US in caring for people and communities. It is the largest group of nonprofit healthcare providers in the US.

National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), advocates for the profession of spiritual care and educates, certifies, and supports chaplains, and clinical pastoral educators.

The Healthcare Chaplaincy, a multifaith community of professionals from many cultures dedicated to caring for persons in spirit, mind, and body. It is committed to excellence and leadership in pastoral care, education and research.