USML | Lay Ministry Alumni Project

Institute for Lay Formation

Lay Ministry Alumni Project

Launched in 2012, the Lay Ministry Alumni Project (LMAP) provides ongoing formation, continuing education, and peer sharing for graduates of former lay ministry formation programs including Called & Gifted.

The inaugural formation day, “Who Do You Say that I Am?” took place in October 2012 at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.  It was attended by 65 graduates representing 17 cohort years and over 30 parishes.  It was a time of reconnecting with classmates, renewing personal spirituality, sharing with peer ministers, and remembering the energy and camaraderie of previous formation days.

With continued support and attendance from the alumni, LMAP plans to hold 3–4 formation days each year featuring notable presenters.  Relevant topics will be drawn from areas of theology, ministerial skills, catechesis, and spirituality.

If you would like to be added to the LMAP mailing list contact

For more information on upcoming formation days, see Events on the Institute's home page.


Schedule for 2013-2014


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fostering Contemplative Prayer

Presenter:  Rev. Michael JK Fuller, STD

Location:  University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, 800 Building

9:00am – 3:00pm

At the heart of every person's spiritual life is prayer; it is the air needed to breathe and the nourishment required for our relationship with The Lord. Yet everyone wants to be better at prayer. This day will focus on a practical yet flexible method of mental (contemplative) prayer which combines the teachings of the great spiritual teachers of our faith.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Modern Media and the Church

Presenter:  Sr. Helena Burns, fsp

Location:  St. Edward Parish, 4350 W. Sunnyside Ave., Chicago

Please complete this registration form to attend the day. 


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Moral Decision Making

Presenter:  Rev. Msgr. Dennis J. Lyle

Location: St. William Parish, 2600 N. Sayre Ave., Chicago


Saturday, August 2, 2014 (Participants may check in Friday evening, Aug. 1)

Scripture-based Retreat: “Remain in Me”

Retreat Leader: Dr. Kate Wiskus, M.A., D. Min.

Location: Cardinal Stritch Retreat Center, Mundelein

Time: 9am - 4pm, followed by mass for the retreatants

Please complete this registration form to attend the retreat.

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