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.
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 either Santa Clara University or Villanova University. Please read about these programs below for deadlines and more details.
- Archdiocese of Seattle Fall 2023 cohort: July 30, 2023
- Santa Clara University program: July 30, 2023
- Villanova University program: May 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.