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Summer Cycle

June 14-26, 2014 - A series of workshops for Catholics seeking to know and practice their faith with a deeper understanding. Featuring Fr. John Stowe, OFM Conv. in a series of four lectures on "Franciscan Spirituality" at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Fort Worth.

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John Paul II Institute School of Lay Ministry

The John Paul II Institute School of Lay Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth forms lay Catholics to serve as ecclesial ministers by teaching Scripture and Christian doctrine, by training in various ministerial areas, and by providing experiences of human development and spiritual enrichment. The programs are conducted in both English y Español.



The program trains lay Catholics for ministry in parishes and diocesan service organizations. The regular program takes two years and leads to a formal "commissioning" by the bishop where a certificate of completion is conferred. The curriculum includes courses in Scripture, Christian Doctrine, and ministry. Three obligatory assemblies of students are planned each year.


Who can participate?

All Catholics of at least eighteen years old and currently serving or intending to serve as lay ministers in a parish or diocesan agency are eligible to participate in JPII. The pastor’s or agency head’s approval is necessary for admission.


Brochure for fall classes  (English / Spanish)






Rev. Carmen Mele, OP
Director of the John Paul II Institute
817-560-2452, ext. 262

Lucia Romo Sanchez
Administrative Assistant
817-560-2452, ext. 317