Lay Ministry Institute


The Lay Ministry Institute (LMI) was formed in response to the call of Bishops and the Second Vatican Council encouraging the laity to serve an active role in the Church. Building upon the student’s basic understanding of the Catholic faith, LMI develops purposeful lay leadership skills that equip students for collaborative ministry in the parish or other ministry settings.


To form men and women as lay pastoral ministers.
LMI Admission Requirements

Application Process

Applicants must submit a formal application and letters of recommendation from the pastor/supervisor in the ministerial setting. An interview with the Program Director is required.
Certificate Requirements
1. Successful completion of required areas of study for the program
2. Participation in retreats and seminars
3. Successful completion of a pastoral practicum, including supervised ministry
4. Satisfactory practice of theological reflection skills
The Lay Ministry Institute may be taken for either certificate or undergraduate credit and is often the starting point for those who intend to pursue a professional degree. The LMI offers opportunities for professional continuing education and personal spiritual renewal to those serving in church and society. Persons completing this two year program are in compliance with the National Certification Standards for Pastoral Ministers.