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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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Appreciation Mass and Reception for Friends of the Congar Institute

Appreciation Mass and Reception for Friends of the Congar Institute

On September 10, 2017 we gathered to thank our donors, Resource Persons, diocesan partners, and all friends for supporting the mission of the Congar Institute to promote formation for lay ministry. Thank you donors, Resource Persons, friends, and diocesan partners! To watch Fr. Wayne Cavalier's homily at the Appreciation Mass click here.....Read More
USA-Mexico Border Bishops Meeting

USA-Mexico Border Bishops Meeting

A good number of Bishops from the USA-Mexico Border met on September 1-3 in Piedras Negras, México to discuss how to better respond to the needs of immigrants on both sides of the border. Congar Institute was present at the closing mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King's Martyrs. For....Read More
Hispanic Ministry Update by Alejandro Siller-Gonzalez

Hispanic Ministry Update by Alejandro Siller-Gonzalez

Alejandro Siller-Gonzalez, vice president of the Federation of Pastoral Institutes and Congar Institute's Resource Person, attended the ENAVE (National Team of Accompaniment for the V Encuentro) meeting in July 2017 and is happy to report that the V Encuentro is having positive results and impact within the Hispanic community in....Read More
BICM for Priests- Diocese of Stockton

BICM for Priests- Diocese of Stockton

Fr. Wayne Cavalier was at the Diocese of Stockton facilitating a BICM workshop for priests. Blessings to all those who participated and facilitated the workshop! Contact us if you would like to know more about BICM and how it could help your diocese be a part of the new evangelization. A....Read More
Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers- Diocese of Owensboro, KY

Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers- Diocese of Owensboro, KY

The Congar Institute for Ministry Development offered the Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) workshop to several dioceses with USCCB trained facilitators. The BICM workshop aims to be a transformative process that increases the participant’s level of awareness and proficiency in working, relating and communicating across cultural boundaries. The Diocese of....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