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Lay Pastoral Ministry Program


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.

Information about the 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:

 Information for participants in the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program:

The final Study Cycle for 2018 begins on October 21. Registrations have now closed. The next study cycle will begin 20 January 2019. New participants wishing to register for this study cycle should contact Amanda to discuss your application prior to completing the Application Form above. Ongoing participants can register for a subject in this study cycle by January 9, 2019.*

Last Study Cycle for 2018 is:

  • Cycle 6: October 21 – November 24 Registrations closed 

Study Cycles for 2019 are:

  • Cycle 1: Jan 20 - Feb 23 Registrations open 24 Oct 2018 - 9 Jan 2019 *
  • Cycle 2: Mar 10 - Apr 13
  • Cycle 3: Jun 2 - Jul 6
  • Cycle 4: Jul 21 - Aug 24
  • Cycle 5: Sep 8 - Oct 12
  • Cycle 6: Oct 27 - Nov 30
    * Please check in with Amanda before registering

You can find details of each course here

Access the Diocesan Resource Centre Catalogue here 

For more information please contact:

Amanda Smith,
Lay Pastoral Ministry Program Facilitator,
Ph: 5337 7125 or 0427 748 867 or





We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

All Enquiries

PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353