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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:
New participants wishing to register to study in the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program should complete the Application Form above. Registrations for Study Cycle 6 are now open.  The five week study cycle begins August 30.  

Remaining Study Cycles for 2020:

You can find details of each subject (course) here

Anticipated dates for 2021 Study Cycles:

  • Cycle 1: Jan 03 - Feb 06 
  • Cycle 2: Feb 21 - Mar 27
  • Cycle 3: Apr 11 - May 01 (3 and 5 week courses)
  • Cycle 4: May 16 - Jun 19 
  • Cycle 5: Jul 04 - Aug 17
  • Cycle 6: Aug 22 - Sep 25
  • Cycle 7: Oct 01 - Nov 13

For more information please contact:

Lay Pastoral Ministry Program Facilitator
Kim Butler
Ph: 0407 523 424


Professional Standards





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