History and Objectives

What does the Institute for Lay Formation do?  

The Institute for Lay Formation offers programming for Catholic lay women and men who wish to be of service to Christ and his Church.  The programs are: the Lay Leadership program, the Catechetical Coordinator certificate program (which includes an option for Coordinator of Youth Ministry formation), the Lay Ecclesial Ministry formation program, the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) degree program, and the Lay Ministry Alumni program.  The University of Saint Mary of the Lake confers a Certificate of Studies to graduates of the Lay Leadership,  Catechetical Coordinator, and Lay Ecclesial Ministry programs and a Diploma to those who successfully graduate with the MAPS degree.  In addition, the Institute administers the following scholarships: Critical Needs Scholarship and the Together in God's Service Scholarship.   


What is the difference between Lay Leadership, Catechetical Coordinator and Lay Ecclesial Ministry?

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

The Catechetical Coordinator program is designed for those seeking Archdiocesan certification as a Coordinator of Religious Education, Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation, or Coordinator of Youth Ministry.  It is a three-year program.  Certification qualifies a person to manage specific areas of parish ministry such as religious education, youth ministry, or adult faith formation.  

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.

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