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Collaborating to Form Lay Pastoral Leaders 

Pope Francis stated “The formation of the laity…represent[s] a significant pastoral challenge” (Evangelii Gaudium 102). At the Congar Institute, we are responding to this challenge by collaborating in the formation of lay pastoral leaders.

Fr. Wayne Cavalier, director of the Congar Institute, is named 2016 Juan Diego Award recipient by the National Association for Lay Ministry.


Congar Institute’s Presence in the U.S.

Mission Statement

To partner with dioceses in the formation of lay pastoral leaders.
The Congar Institute for Ministry Development is an initiative of the Southern Dominican Province and collaborating religious organizations. Committed to the Catholic tradition and drawing from the gifts of its lay, religious, and ordained colleagues, the Institute fosters excellent pastoral formation, especially in dioceses with limited resources.

Vision Statement

The Congar Institute draws upon the vision of the late Cardinal Yves Congar, who devoted his life to retrieving the image of the church as a living sacrament of Christ's presence in the world and as a priestly people consecrating the world to God.

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Missionary Disciples: A Call for Solidarity and Action 2017 Conference of the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM)

Missionary Disciples: A Call for Solidarity and Action 2017 Conference of the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM)

This year the annual NCADDHM conference was focused on learning about important social justice issues and how to empower each person attending and the ministries represented back home to advocate effectively for the most vulnerable. The conference included important talks on immigration and hunger issues. It also gave conference participants....Read More
Archdiocese of  Galveston- Houston

Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston

Congar Institute continues is in the final stages of its work with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Congar Institute conducted an in-depth inventory on the formation needs of the archdiocese and based on its findings in re-writing a basic and advanced level program for catechetical leaders.....Read More
Diocese of Grand Rapids

Diocese of Grand Rapids

Fr. Wayne Cavalier OP continues to facilitate the process for a Diocesan Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Excellent work has been done by the Diocesan Steering Committee spearheading this process as it reaches its final phases. The V Encuentro was an important part of....Read More
Responding to the Word of God in the Context of Culture

Responding to the Word of God in the Context of Culture

The Diocese of Salt Lake City welcomed Congar Institute's resource person Laura Lopez to facilitate a session on "Anthropology and Spirituality of Hispanic Peoples" for the Emmaus Lay Eclessial Ministry Formation Program. The workshop explored the most outstanding features of Hispanic people in their history and culture, their cultural diversity,....Read More
FIP Annual Assembly THE FIRE OF LEADERSHIP: CALLED TO FORM MISSIONARY DISCIPLES

FIP Annual Assembly THE FIRE OF LEADERSHIP: CALLED TO FORM MISSIONARY DISCIPLES

Alejandro Siller-González, representing Congar Institute, attended the annual assembly of the Federación de Institutos Pastorales (FIP). Among the topics that were discussed during the assembly were the dimensions and aspects of leadership. Leadership was presented as: NEW: Forming Missionary Disciples who see the horizon NOW: Forming Missionary Disciples who select the content NEAR:....Read More

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Current collaborations:

  • Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan- Diocesan Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry
  • Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston- Revision of Formation Programs
  • V Encuentro- USCCB Equipo Nacional del V Encuentro.
  • Diocese of Salt Lake City – Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Programs, Continuing Education Events and Advent/Lenten retreats in English and Spanish for the urban and rural areas of the diocese
  • USCCB Licensed Presenters: Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) and Best Practices for Shared Parishes workshop
  • Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas- Continuing Education workshops and spiritual retreats in different parishes of the Archdiocese