The Sophia Community Program (SCP) is specifically designed to serve the growing population of women involved in Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Students in the SCP earn the MA in Pastoral Ministry through on-campus study in a summer session format, on-line courses, and supervised ministry completed in the local parish, diocese or other ministry setting. The Sophia Community is at the heart of the program. This community provides human, pastoral, and spiritual formation as called for in “Co-Workers in the Vineyard,” the 2005 document on formation for Lay Ecclesial Ministry written by the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prayer, theological reflection, and integration of academic study are all essential elements of life in the Sophia Community. Support continues through on-line connections between students, mentors, and faculty throughout the program.