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Institute for Lay Formation

History / Mission & Objectives

What does the Institute for Lay Formation do? 

The Institute for Lay Formation runs the Lay Leadership and Lay Ecclesial Ministry formation programs.  The University of St. Mary of the Lake confers a Certificate of Studies to graduates of both programs.  In addition, the Institute administers the Critical Needs Scholarship and runs the Lay Ministry Alumni Program.

What is the difference between Lay Leadership and Lay Ecclesial Ministry?

The Lay Leadership program is designed for those seeking deeper knowledge of the faith.  Whether for personal enrichment or increased effectiveness in parish work, the program's focus is on ministerial development. 

The Lay Ecclesial Ministry program is designed for those who sense a call to professional, committed work in the Church.  Lay Ecclesial Ministry is a distinctive vocation recognized and supported in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  It prepares students to become pastoral associates, directors of religious education, university campus ministers, and health care ministers.

What is the Critical Needs Scholarship?

The Critical NeedsScholarship is a tuition assistance program offered by the Archdiocese of Chicago in collaboration with local Catholics colleges and universities. Please go to the Critical Needs Scholarhsip link for more information. 

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