What is the Program of Formation for Lay Ministry?

The Program is designed to provide formation for the Lay Apostolate by focusing on the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral elements of the call to holiness. It is an academic and pastoral formation program for Catholic laity interested in service to the Church and personal enrichment. The Program will assist laity in their life-long journey of faith formation by deepening their understanding and appreciation of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church: scripture, theology and authentic spirituality. This process of formation seeks to develop their skills and abilities in order to become more efficacious signs of Christ’s presence among all of God’s people.

The participants will:

  • appreciate and understand more fully that they are called to and gifted for the lay apostolate by virtue of their baptism and confirmation;
  • be affirmed and grow in competence and confidence in their present ministries to and with others: the Church, their families, and the marketplace;
  • explore their personal gifts and how those gifts may be used in response to their baptismal call;
  • grow in their Catholic faith

Participants must be registered in their parish, provide a letter of recommendation from their pastor, commit to actively practicing their Catholic Faith, and agree to begin praying at least one segment of the Liturgy of the Hours daily as a part of their regular, planned prayer life.

The Core Curriculum of 140 Class hours covers a 2-year span which follows the academic year.