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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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Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers in the Diocese of Stockton, CA

Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers in the Diocese of Stockton, CA

On May 5-7, 2017,  the Congar Institute for Ministry Development offered a Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) workshop to the Diocese of Stockton 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....Read More
Join us in mission to promote the formation of lay pastoral leaders!

Join us in mission to promote the formation of lay pastoral leaders!

Become a "Friend of the Congar Institute" today! In many dioceses lay leaders wish to receive formal ministry formation but they do not have access to it. You can help us in making this formation possible! How? Prayers Donations Assistance in fundraising Expertise Telling others about our service Sign up to become a "Friend of the Congar....Read More
Diocese of Grand Rapids launches new "Pastoral Planning Process for Hispanic Ministry"

Diocese of Grand Rapids launches new "Pastoral Planning Process for Hispanic Ministry"

The Congar Institute designed and is facilitating this planning process. What a blessing to be collaborating with such a wonderful community! Bishop Walkowiak led the diocese in launching the strategic planning process for Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. The kickoff celebration began with mass at the cathedral and was....Read More
Diocese of Monterey, CA-  Celebrates Faith and Diversity

Diocese of Monterey, CA- Celebrates Faith and Diversity

The Diocese of Monterey seeks to celebrate the Catholic faith and all the richness of cultural diversity, recognizing all different customs, traditions, languages and other richness of the various ethnic groups and nationalities. As part of this effort, Mrs.Socorro Lagarda-Quiroz, M.A.P.M., Director of Hispanic Ministry asked the Congar Institute for....Read More
Committed To A Prayerful Life- Diocese of Salt Lake City, UT

Committed To A Prayerful Life- Diocese of Salt Lake City, UT

Over one hundred participants from the Diocese of Salt Lake City participated in the Lenten English and Spanish Retreats facilitated by our resource persons, Mrs. Cecilia Von Bertrab and Fr. Sergio Serrano, OP. Cecilia Von Bertrab reflected on her experience, "The participants experienced different prayer forms, such as Ignatian Contemplation, Lectio....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