Established in 1975 as one of the first Catholic lay formation programs in the country, we now have over 750 graduates. They have ranged in age from 25 to 80 and have come from all walks of life, occupations and educational backgrounds. They live throughout our 19 county diocese-from rural farming communities to the inner city. They have contributed hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, soup kitchens, life agencies, schools and churches. They are well-educated, passionate about their faith, and are actively working to bring Gospel values to the marketplace and workplace.
All of them, at one time, had the same questions, concerns and interest that you have and all of them found their place in our community.
Who can apply?
For admittance to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program or the Graduate Certificate Option, applicants must have a 4 year undergraduate degree (in any area) and some experience of service in parish, school or community agency.
For admittance to the non-degreed Certificate option, applicants must have a High School diploma or a G.E.D. and some experience of service in parish, school or community agency.
We look for people who:
- Participate regularly in the sacraments and life of the Church
- Engage in daily prayer
- Have a love for God and God's people
- Desire to serve and have some experience in service
- Have emotional maturity and relative stability in work and personal life
- Have the capacity for growth
- Have the ability to study theology (at a graduate level for MAPM and Graduate Certificate and at an undergraduate level for non-degreed Certificate)
- Are committed to collaboration
- Have the time and energy for the classes and formation components
- Are at least 25 years of age
The application process begins with:
- An interview with one of the LPMP Directors
If the interview indicates, then the application process is initiated. It consists of:
- An application form
- An autobiography outlining spiritual journey and background
- References (including canonical pastor)
- College Transcripts for MAPM and Graduate Certificate applicants
- Personality profiling and feedback with designated LPMP facilitator
- Application fee of $30.00 and profiling fee of $150.00
- Attendance at Assessment Day in early June
The Athenaeum Admissions and Degrees Committee acts upon applications with a decision by mid-June for those applicants whose files are complete.
To set up a personal interview or to ask a question about the application process, call 513-231-1200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You too go into my vineyard. Matthew 20:4