The Pastoral Institute of the Archdiocese of Portland has a long tradition of providing programs and resources for theological and pastoral formation of the laity in Western Oregon. Our programs are specifically designed for lay pastoral leaders in our parishes and include:
- Lay Ministry Program: A three-year program that prepares pastoral leaders to serve as volunteer team members or coordinators for a particular ministry. Classes in English and Spanish start each September at locations throughout the Archdiocese.
- Foundations for Ministry Program: A ten-week, twenty-hour program of theological updating for those engaged in ministry, for parish council members, and for those discerning enrollment in the three-year program. Program is offered in English & Spanish.
- M. A. Program in Theology: Prepares individuals to serve as a Pastoral Associate, parish catechetical leader, or in other professional leadership positions, by offering the opportunity for graduate studies in theology online or at a nearby university or seminary. The Archdiocese of Portland provides financial assistance for those who need it. Read more.