Saint Clare Center: Ministry Formation Programs

Non-degree programs for ministry formation

A broad foundation for ministry
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 for Lay Ministries is a resource for those adults who want to learn more about their faith.
The Saturday Institute 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.

Download more information about the program in English or Spanish.

Our spring semester classes begin January 18.
To register, inquire about the Saturday Institute for Lay Ministries, or to request information about scholarship assistance, please email us at or call 414-410-4405.
Specialized study for those working as DREs or youth ministers
Would you like substantive professional development related to your ministry? Are you interested in sharing ideas regularly with a community of colleagues? Are you looking for an affordable way to fulfill a key requirement for certification?

This certificate is comprised of 12 CEUs (120 hours) of coursework intended to meet the “Specialized Study” component of LEM certification for catechetical leaders.  It does not address the “Theological Study” component of LEM certification. The courses do not carry graduate credit. This program is offered in a blended format, combining face-to-face class time with online learning.

Program Overview
  • Spring 2020 - Two of the following:
    • Methods of Teaching Religion (Elementary) – 2 CEUs (20 hours)
    • Faith Formation for Youth – 2 CEUs (20 hours)
    • Family models for Faith Formation – 2 CEUs (20 hours)
To register or to request more information, please email us at or call 414-410-4405.