Pastoral Lay Ministry

In response to the call of the Bishops and the Second Vatican Council to encourage the laity to play an active role in the church, Oblate School of Theology has established two certificate programs for lay leadership formation, the Lay Ministry Institute and the Instituto de Formación Pastoral/Pastoral Formation Institute.

Lay Ministry Institute (LMI)

The Lay Ministry Institute is a two-year program of ministry formation. Building upon a participant’s basic understanding of the Catholic faith, this program, exploring core topics in Theology, Spirituality, Liturgy and Pastoral Ministry is taught at an undergraduate level. The LMI also presents lay leadership skills that help prepare students for collaborative ministry in the parish or other ministry settings. A supervised practicum experience and Theological Reflection sessions are key elements of the year 2 experience. Both years of study are conducted on the OST campus.

Goal

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

Admission Requirements

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.

Instituto de Formación Pastoral/Pastoral Formation Institute (IFP/PFI)

The Instituto de Formación Pastoral/Pastoral Formation Institute is a two-year program of basic adult faith formation – a tool for evangelization and catechesis. The first year is designed to give participants a foundational understanding of the Catholic faith. The second year of the IFP/PFI includes basic pastoral skills. The program is offered in English and Spanish; it is referred to by both its Spanish and English titles. As an outreach ministry of Oblate School of Theology, the first year is conducted in a parish setting and the second year takes place on the OST campus.

Goal

To educate men and women for parish ministry.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. To identify the general basic aspects of the Catholic faith
  2. To illustrate the relevance of spiritual formation to the Catholic faith
  3. To design a diversified approach to a personal prayer life including planning and leading public prayers in a parish setting
  4. To apply basic pastoral and leadership skills necessary for parish ministry

Admission Requirements

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
  2. Participation in retreats and seminars