The deadline for submitting applications has passed and we are no longer accepting new students for the program. If you are interested in participating in the future, please email your contact information to email@example.com.
The Lay Formation Institute has a Facebook group for members. Those with Facebook are invited to join the group: Lay Formation Institute of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
Our Lay Formation program will consist of online classes through Notre Dame’s STEP program, and monthly spiritual and pastoral formation days within the Diocese. These monthly formation meetings are a mandatory part of the Lay Formation program, so attendance is required. Please add the following dates to your calendar:
Saturday, August 13th 2016: Theological Reflection and STEP registration
Meeting at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, Pensacola
Bring your laptop, if you have one, and your credit card! We will be registering for the online classes (cost will be $79). Lunch will be provided for this meeting. 9:00AM to 5:00PM, in the school cafeteria.
Saturday, September 17th 2016: Formation Meeting at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Chipley
Saturday, October 1st 2016: Bishop Ricard Conference, St. Sylvester Parish, Gulf Breeze
Saturday. December 3rd 2016: Formation meeting at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Pensacola (this meeting was originally scheduled for November 19)
NO JANUARY MEETING
Saturday, February 4th 2017: Formation Meeting at St. Rita Parish, Santa Rosa Beach
Saturday, March 18th 2017: Formation Meeting at St. Margaret Parish, Defuniak Springs
Friday, April 28th through Sunday, April 30th 2017: End of Year Retreat, Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center, Panama City Beach
STEP Course Schedule for Lay Formation Institute
The Lay Formation Institute will prepare the laity for leadership roles in our parishes and help lay ministers eventually become accredited as ministers. The program is also available to anyone in the diocese to deepen their knowledge of the faith and the call to be disciples.
The Lay Formation Institute will be comprised of online classes through the University of Notre Dame’s STEP program, and spiritual and pastoral formation days held locally. The basic program is 2 years.
There are 5 STEP classes each year, at a cost of $79 per course. The cost of retreats will be determined by the location of the retreat. Costs to participate in Diocesan conferences will be paid by the participants. Pastoral and Spiritual Formation Days will be covered by the Diocese. There may be supplemental materials that will be the responsibility of the participants. Participants may be sponsored by a parish who will pay 50% of the costs.