Institute for Lay Ministries

The institute offers theology courses and formational experiences for Catholics who seek to grow in their faith.


Courses in the institute are perfect for parish volunteers, including catechists, liturgical ministers, members of parish councils, or those engaged in societal ministries.  Students who take courses in the Institute for Lay Ministry are energized by studying their faith in more depth, and feel more confident carrying out their ministries.

Courses are designed with flexibility and may be taken a la carte according to personal interest, or as part of deeper ministerial discernment and preparation.  Courses are not for college credit, and no prior education is required to enroll in Institute for Lay Ministry courses.  

Classes are offered on Saturdays at the main campus of Cardinal Stritch University.  New classes for the next block begin in March (click here for a schedule).

While ‘single course only’ registration is available and welcomed, those who complete all 120 hours of theology (12 core courses) and 40 hours of formation offered during the Institute for Lay Ministry’s two-year cycle will be candidates to receive a Saint Clare Center Certificate in Lay Ministries. Additional requirements for Certificate candidates include completing a comprehensive portfolio assessment, an interview with Saint Clare Center staff, and a pastoral recommendation.

The Saint Clare Center’s Institute for Lay Ministry offers education and formation that is aligned with the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry (2012) and with Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, the 2005 USCCB document on lay formation.

To REGISTER for classes or to arrange an appointment for discernment: Phone (414) 410-4405 or email mafoley@stritch.edu.