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Institute for Lay Formation


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The Archdiocese of Chicago has been blessed with many lay women and men who love God and wish to serve Him.  The Institute for Lay Formation, a part of the University of St. Mary of the Lake, exists in order to foster the development of these men and women so that they may best respond to God’s call.  This call can come in many forms and the Institute has continued to develop its programming in response to these different calls.

We welcome you to our website and we wish you good reading.  As you navigate you will be invited to contact us and we hope that you do just that.  Oftentimes conversations are the best way to discern, learn and explore.  So please feel free to contact us either by phone or email.

Thank you and may our Lord Jesus Christ be with you as you explore this most important and worthy decision.


What's Happening?

Welcome, new students!

The opening retreats for incoming Lay Leadership and Lay Ecclesial Ministry students will take place the weekend of August 21-23, 2015.  Welcome to the programs and to the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

August 21-23 2015: Opening Retreats for New Students

New Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (M.A.P.S.) program

In Fall 2014 the University of St. Mary of the Lake will launch a new M.A.P.S. program administed by the Institute for Lay Formation.

Institute Launches M.A.P.S. Program for Lay Students at USML
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