About ILM

What is the Institute?

The Institute’s core program is a three-year course of studies which provides a foundation in Catholic theology, spirituality along with education and training in leadership.

In addition to the core program, the Institute shares the responsibility for the Advanced Lay Leadership Formation and the training and formation of Permanent Deacons.

Foundational to the Institute is that all are called by virtue of baptism, to use our gifts to build the Reign of God. Those whose talents include the ability to lead must be theologically trained and pastorally formed. The Institute has trained individuals for leadership in the Diocese of San Jose since 1997.

What is the program?

The program consists of six semesters over a three-year period. The theological work is done on weekday evenings and leadership training is provided on Saturdays. The third year is devoted to areas of individual focus in ministry such as Catechetics, Social Justice, Liturgy, Youth & Young Adult, etc.

Who are the Students?

Students come from nearly every parish in the diocese. Most are volunteers although a few are members of parish staffs. Every student is involved in some form of parish ministry. All students are members of a Sunday worshipping assembly.

Who is the faculty?

The faculty consists of a diverse group of instructors with strong academic backgrounds, experience with adult learners, and a commitment to furthering the mission of the Church of San José.

When are the classes?

Students meet for class on 22 Wednesday evenings (7:30–9:30 pm) from September to early May and on six Saturdays (about one a month) from 9:00 am–3:00 pm.

Where does it take place?

The classes are held at Five Wounds School located at 1390 Five Wounds Lane, San Jose, CA.

Why lay leadership?

The Second Vatican Council called for the full and active participation of the faithful. In his apostolic exhortationChristifidelis Laici (January 1989), Pope John Paul II writes: “the lay faithful must take an active, conscious, and responsible part in the mission of the Church.” The Institute for Leadership in Ministry serves to prepare members of the Catholic laity from the Diocese of San Jose for leadership in the Church.