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Thank you for your interest in continuing to develop your God-given gifts and talents to serve the people of God. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis offers a variety of programs for employees and volunteers to support ongoing formation.
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It is always good to begin with the basics. Our Catholic Faith is based on fundamental teachings and truths, and there is tremendous value in learning about them in a systematic way, so they can fully illuminate your relationship with God and with other people. Catholic Distance University (CDU) offers a 5-course series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church that is an excellent introduction for people new to the Catholic Faith or a refresher for people who want to re-visit these essential building blocks of our identity as Catholics. Please click here for more information
The Satellite Theological Education Program (STEP) through the University of Notre Dame offers 45 non-credit continuing education classes that are all available online. For most of the classes, no books are required. There are classes to support many different areas of ministry, including youth ministry, religious education, social work, and liturgy. Catholic Distance University also offers a variety of online seminars related to Church ministry. You can take one class or several classes to meet your personal formation needs. Please click here for more information
Completion of 12 designated non-credit continuing education classes through the Satellite Theological Program (STEP) of the University of Notre Dame, as well as meeting the other requirements listed, will lead to a Certificate in Lay Ministry through the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Classes are discounted, and for part-time and full-time employees of the parishes, schools and agencies of the Archdiocese there is partial reimbursement upon course completion. Please click here for more information
On this page, there is information about Catholic colleges and universities in the Archdiocese that offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Although there is currently no reimbursement available through the Lay Ministry Program for for-credit classes, we encourage you to visit their websites to learn more about their programs. Please click here for more information
Deacon Michael Braun
Archdiocese of Indianapolis
1400 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
1-800-382-9836, ext. 1531