Saint Clare Center for Ministry and Leadership

Providing education and formation for lay Catholics who seek to grow in faith and service

Carrying out the mission of the Gospel requires the committed, faithful effort of all the baptized. The mission and ministry of the church cannot be left for just a few people to do — we must raise up more and more people who hear the call to be disciples, ministers, and leaders.

That is where the Saint Clare Center comes in.
We are called to help people grow as ministers and as leaders
so that they may renew the church and the world.

Shaped by the Franciscan tradition and serving a diverse community, the Saint Clare Center helps students discern their individual callings and prepare for a wide variety of ministries. The Center's many collaborative relationships with and within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee enable the delivery of adult formation to more than 2,000 lay Catholics annually — in two languages — through a variety of programs.

Explore what we have to offer by clicking on the buttons below.

Ministry Formation Programs

Non-degree programs for ministry formation:

• Saturday Institute for Lay Ministry
• Certificate in Catechetical Ministries
• Leadership Pilgrimage

Ministry Formation Programs

Catholic School Programs

Supporting the faith formation of 2400 Catholic school educators:

• Sustaining the Mission
• Faith Formation Team Training

Catholic School Programs

Saint Clare Center Events

Ongoing opportunities to grow in faith:

• Forums on Faith
• Mornings of Reflection

Saint Clare Center Events

Parish Programs

Bringing formation opportunities to your parish or cluster:

• Workshops for Parish Leadership
• Mini-Retreats
• Ministry Development Programs

Parish Programs

Additional Saint Clare Center Projects, funded by grants from the Lilly Endowment include:

The Collaborative Parish Leadership Project contributes to effective leadership for Catholic parishes by focusing on Parish Directors or Parish Life Coordinators and the priests with whom they collaborate. The project includes a national study and a fellows program.

The San Damiano Encounter is a faith-based leadership program for high school students. The program runs for one week in the summer, and invites participants to reflect on how their faith can make a difference in the world.


Have questions or want more information about the Saint Clare Center?

Email us at or call 414-410-4405.