Welcome to the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program of the Ballarat Diocese
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.
“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
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.
Documents for download:
- Lay Pastoral Ministry Program
- Lay Pastoral Ministry Program Application Form
- Certificate Course or Subject study structure
- Course Calendar for 2022
- 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. Registrations for Cycle 7, which begins October 10, are open from NOW – October 1. If you’d like to sample a course before you commit, you can do so here.
Dates for 2021 remaining Study Cycles:
- Cycle 6: Aug 22 – Sep 25 Registrations closed
- Cycle 7: Oct 10 – Nov 13 Registrations open Aug 25 – Oct 01
Dates for 2022 Study Cycles:
- Cycle 1: Jan 16 – Feb 19
- Cycle 2: Mar 06 – Apr 09
- Cycle 3: Apr 24 – May 14 (mostly 3 week courses)
- Cycle 4: May 29 – Jul 02
- Cycle 5: Jul 17 – Aug 20
- Cycle 6: Sep 04 – Oct 08
- Cycle 7: Oct 23 – Nov 26
You can find details of each subject (course) here
For more information please contact:
Lay Pastoral Ministry Program Facilitator
Ph: 5337 7121