Welcome to the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program of the Ballarat Diocese
“The VLCFF is a pioneer in the e-learning field, delivering 24/7 remote classes to dioceses worldwide long before the pandemic prompted schools to go online and offer hybrid learning.”
Eric F. Spina
University of Dayton President
Online Faith Formation
The first Cycle for 2023 is well underway. Cycle 2 begins Feb 27. Registrations are open now until Feb 17, 2023.
See below for further details …
The Lay Pastoral Ministry Program offers opportunities for formation, support, study and certification for lay pastoral employees and volunteers in the Ballarat Diocese in partnership with the Virtual Learning Community, Dayton University.
The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) is an online adult religious education and faith formation program you can access, anytime, anywhere from any device.
Information about the Ballarat Diocese Lay Pastoral Ministry Program is in the documents attached below.
Please contact us to talk about your current ministry situation, or what you hope to do, to enable us to assist as you discern your formation pathway.
Explore the Virtual Learning Program here
Information for participants in the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program:
New participants wishing to register to study in the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program should complete the Application Form.
If you’d like to sample a course before you commit, you can do so here.
Documents for download:
Dates for 2023 Cycles:
- Cycle 1: 09 Jan – 12 Feb Closed
- Cycle 2: 27 Feb – 27 Apr Registrations open 11 Jan – 17 Feb
- Cycle 3: 17 Apr – 07 Mar Registrations open 1 Mar – 5 Apr
- Cycle 4: 22 May – 25 Jun Registrations open 19 Apr – 17 May
- Cycle 5: 10 Jul – 13 Aug Registrations open 24 May – 28 Jun
- Cycle 6: 28 Aug – 01 Oct Registrations open 12 Jul – 16 Aug
- Cycle 7: 16 Oct – 19 Nov Registrations open 30 Aug – 4 Oct
For more information please contact:
Lay Pastoral Ministry Program Facilitator
Ph: 5337 7121