Saturday Institute for Lay Ministries

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


In the Gospels, we see time and again that when people encounter Jesus, when they make a decision to follow him, that they want to learn more. The Saint Clare Center’s Saturday Institute is a resource for those adults who want to learn more about their faith.

The Saturday Institute for Lay Ministries offers courses that extend over six Saturdays each semester.  These courses help students to understand scripture and church tradition more fully, to embrace their faith more deeply, and to participate in service, ministry, and mission more actively.

Courses in the institute are perfect for catechists or other parish volunteers who want to learn more about their faith in a more systematic way.  They are also a good starting point for parish staff members who do not have formal theological training and who need a basic foundation to support their ministry.

Courses may be taken individually, or as part of a four semester program leading to a Certificate of Completion in Lay Ministry.  The Saturday Institute takes place at the main campus of Cardinal Stritch University in Glendale, WI.  Courses are not for college credit, and no specific educational background is required to enroll.  Courses are affordable, and are offered in English OR Spanish.


To register, inquire about the Saturday Institute for Lay Ministries, or to request information about scholarship assistance, please contact Michael Taylor at or call 414-410-4353.

Download our flyer about the program and read our frequently asked questions. For course descriptions and a schedule for Spring 2017, click here.