The Archdiocese of Chicago has been blessed with many lay women and men who love God and wish to serve Him. The Institute for Lay Formation, a part of the University of St. Mary of the Lake, exists in order to foster the development of these men and women so that they may best respond to God’s call. This call can come in many forms and the Institute has continued to develop its programming in response to these different calls.
We welcome you to our website and we wish you good reading. As you navigate you will be invited to contact us and we hope that you do just that. Oftentimes conversations are the best way to discern, learn and explore. So please feel free to contact us either by phone or email.
Thank you and may our Lord Jesus Christ be with you as you explore this most important and worthy decision.
August 05 2014
LMAP: Scripture-based Retreat 'Remain in Me'
This past weekend 40 alumni of the Lay Leadership, Called & Gifted, and former lay ministry programs gathered for the first ever alumni retreat. The participants represented 16 cohorts ranging from 1988 to 2014. On Saturday Dr. Kate Wiskus led the retreat based on the theme "Remain in Me." She had the group to consider their individual and collective discipleship. Fr. Dennis Lyle presided at the celebration of the Eucharist which closed the retreat. The participants departed renewed in mind and spirit.
The retreat was also an opportunity to reconnect and share with classmates and fellow ministers from across the Archdiocese. Alumni graciously shared their gifts of facilitation, Scripture reading, song, and even viola and mini-harp to make it a very enriching retreat for all. The success of the event and the level of interest from alumni will ensure additional LMAP retreats in the future.
Other ongoing Formation Days are being scheduled for the coming year, and details can be found here.
June 17 2014
Linda Couri Catches Up with IPS at the NALM Conference
The NALM Annual Conference provides opportunities for collaboration and networking with partners locally and nationwide.
June 17 2014
April 29 2014
March 04 2014
Institute Opens New Lay Leadership Site at Benedictine University
The Institute for Lay Formation is collaborating with the Diocese of Joliet to open a new site for the Lay Leadership program at Benedictine University in Lisle starting Fall 2014.
October 26 2013