A Program of Formation and Graduate Education for Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Responding to Archbishop Etienne’s call to revitalize the crucial role of lay ministers in the Church, the Archdiocese of Seattle is calling forth qualified candidates, assisting in their discernment, providing human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation, and supporting them with continuing formation. We are collaborating with Catholic institutions to offer the opportunity to grow in their ability to serve the Church.

Christifideles offers formation and education for lay leaders through a partnership between the Archdiocese of Seattle and Catholic institutions to offer:

  • New for fall 2024: *Certification in youth and young adult ministry
  • Graduate-level education and events
  • Spiritual support through spiritual direction, accompaniment, and retreats
  • Community building through interaction and collaboration with other ministers

Graduates are well positioned to serve in roles such as:

  • Youth and Young Adult Ministries
  • Faith Formation
  • Hispanic Ministry
  • Parish Administration

Deadline to apply is May 31*
*Villanova MS in Church Management deadline is April 5

Transform the way you serve

A cohort is a community of students who move through formation together even though they may attend different programs.

Once you apply to become part of the cohort, you will then apply to your graduate or certificate program. Please read about these programs below for deadlines and more details.


  • Archdiocese of Seattle fall 2024 cohort: May 31, 2024
  • Villanova University program: April 5, 2024


Partnerships with Catholic Institutions

Santa Clara University: Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries

Receive a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries, with optional emphasis in: Restorative Justice & Chaplaincy; Latina/o Ministries; or Youth and Young Adult Ministries.  This synchronous program is offered in a hybrid format, with three in-person sessions and six-seven online sessions.

Villanova: Master of Science in Church Management

An online graduate business program that provides a high-level skill set in church management, built upon a solid business curriculum and a faith-based approach.  Each course is meticulously designed for current and future Church leaders.

Questions?  Contact Deacon Eric Paige via email or call 206-382-4864.
Lay Ecclesial Minister Formation