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. 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.
Ministry Formation Programs
Non-degree programs for ministry formation including - Saturday Institute for Lay Ministry and Leadership Pilgrimage
Catholic School Programs
Supporting the faith formation of 2,400 Catholic school educators through Sustaining the Mission and Faith Formation Team Training
The Upper Zoom
Online mini-retreats that will help you reflect on your faith, refocus your vision, and renew your energy to serve others.
Additional Saint Clare Center Projects
Funded by grants from the Lilly Endowment.
The Collaborative Parish Leadership Project
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
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.