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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the two-year certificate program the student will be able:

  1. To apply knowledge of the Catholic Faith and research skills to immediate ministry setting(s)
  2. To draw upon the experience of different styles of prayer when called upon to lead public prayer in a pastoral setting
  3. To apply knowledge about various faith and human developmental theories to the pastoral setting
  4. To apply various interpersonal and theological reflection skills practiced during the successful engagement in their Supervised Pastoral Practicum

LMI for Undergraduate Credit

The LMI may also be taken for undergraduate college credit. This is for students that would like to receive undergraduate credit to fulfill graduate prerequisites. Once the student has been admitted into the LMI program, the student can apply to receive undergraduate credit. The following items must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office before the end of the first week of classes:

  1. OST Application
  2. Submit official college transcripts (if applicable) 80 In addition to the tuition and fees for LMI, students receiving undergraduate credit through the LMI program will also pay 20% of the OST tuition.

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.

Oblate School of Theology

Oblate School of Theology, founded and sponsored by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is a Catholic graduate and professional school which provides education for the church’s mission and ministry in the world.

The institution prepares persons for pastoral ministry through academic study and supervised practice. Through degree and certificate programs the School strives to educate and form candidates for priestly ministry as well as lay ministries. The School offers opportunities for professional continuing education and personal spiritual renewal to those serving in church and society.

Oblate School of Theology models and fosters collaboration in ministry. It accomplishes its mission in cooperation with formation communities and other ecclesial and societal institutions.

The pastoral orientation of the School requires practical and reflective engagement with the multi-cultural, global reality of church and society. Drawing upon Oblate School of Theology’s location and historical dedication to the Mexican-American presence in the Southwest, the learning, teaching, and research of the School pay particular attention to the diverse and rich Hispanic reality of the Americas.

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