LMP Program Overview

“The integration of spiritual, academic, and pastoral development is at the heart of our mission.”

Program Overview
The Lay Ministry Program is a three-year process offered in English and Spanish that integrates five essential components of formation: spiritual formation, theological education, pastoral skills, ministry practicum, and a mentoring process.   At the conclusion of the program, participants are commissioned by the diocesan bishop to serve as volunteer coordinators or team members for one of the many ministries in our parishes.

Spiritual Formation
Opportunities for prayer and faith-sharing are provided as part of the classroom experience.  Days of Reflection provide participants with time for personal and communal prayer, quiet time, and dialogue. Throughout the program, resources for spiritual direction and retreats are published.  Learn more . . .

Theological Education
Participants study the major areas of Catholic teaching and belief: Theology of Lay Ministry, Theology of Church, Liturgy and Sacraments, Moral Theology, Scripture, Christology, Cultural Diversity, Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue.

Theology classes meet once a week in parishes and diocesan facilities and are scheduled for weekday evenings (7:15 pm to 9:15 pm) or on Saturdays (9:30 am to 12:30 pm).  Learn more . . .

Pastoral Skills
During their time in the program, participants attend a series of pastoral skills workshops that will prepare them for service in their parish.  Among those offered are: servant leadership, communication and listening skills, preparing prayer services and rituals, self-care of the pastoral leader, and organizational skills.  Learn more . . . 

Ministry Practicum
Beginning in the third semester, participants select a ministry for specialization which is approved by the pastor.  During this time they attend a seminar related to their ministry, begin the practice of the ministry under the guidance of a supervisor, and attend two theological reflection sessions.  As a result of the process, participants discover the gifts that they bring to the ministry and the competencies that they need to develop. Learn more . . .

Mentoring Process
Each participant is assigned a mentor who is usually a member of the parish staff.  The mentor and the individual meet once each semester to discuss the participant’s progress in the formation process.  In addition, the mentor assists in the discernment of future ministry for the students.  Learn more . . .