The Goal of the Institute for Leadership in Ministry is to provide theological education, leadership training, pastoral and spiritual formation for those who demonstrate the ability or the potential to serve as leaders in parishes.

What is the program?

Students attend six semesters completed in three years.  All students attend weekly classes on Wednesday evenings. The Institute meets during a regular academic school year with classes beginning in the fall semester.

The two-year core curriculum includes Sacred Scripture, Christology, Ecclesiology, Church History, and the relevance and importance of the Sacraments. Students are also exposed to material that makes up much of the Church’s contemporary debates in social justice and morality.

In addition, students go through a module on discernment that starts at the end of their first year and continues at the beginning of their second year. The students, in consultation with their pastors, determine how they will exercise their leadership in the parish and how they will focus and participate during the years of ministry formation.

The third year includes courses on pastoral ministry to give the students a solid foundation in Catechetics (Children, Youth, and Adult), Liturgy, and Social Justice Ministry.

Students gather once a month on a Saturday for leadership training in communications, conflict management, lay ministry, and cultural diversity. These special sessions are designed specifically to teach the students how to work effectively with others in the spirit of Christ. Other Saturday sessions focus on the spiritual growth of the pastoral person.

At the end of three years, the students are honored at a special Evening Prayer and graduation ceremony presided over by the Bishop, where they receive their certificate of completion.

Who are the students?
Students come from nearly every parish in the diocese. Most are volunteers although some are members of parish staffs. Every student is involved in some form of parish ministry. All students are members of the parish community.
What are the requirements?

Here are some qualities of the ideal candidate:

  1. a call to the ministry of leadership within the Catholic community
  2. demonstrated or potential leadership ability
  3. current participation in pastoral ministry
  4. prior formation in the faith
  5. willingness to commit to 10-12 hours per month for classes
  6. ability to complete the reading and writing assignments
  7. ability to devote additional hours outside of class for assignments.
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 27 Wednesday evenings (7:00–9:00 pm) from September to the beginning of May and on eight Saturdays (once a month) from 9:00 am–3:00 pm.

Where does it take place?
The classes are held at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School of San José (formerly Five Wounds School) located at 1390 Five Wounds Lane in San Jose.
What is the tuition?
The cost of the program is $150 per semester, $25 annual materials fee, plus the cost of books.  Additionally, the Institute is funded through the Annual Diocesan Appeal and the Catholic Foundation.