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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:
Applications for study cycle 6 have now closed.  The first study cycle for 2020 begins January 12. Applications for this study cycle will be open from November 1 to December 23. New participants wishing to register should complete the Application Form above. Ongoing participants can register for a subject in Study Cycle 1 - 2020 by January 6.

Study Cycles for 2019:

  • Cycle 6: Oct 27 - Nov 30 Registrations now closed

Study Cycles for 2020:

  • Cycle 1: Jan 12 - Feb 15 Registrations open Nov 1 - Dec 23
  • Cycle 2: Mar 01 - Apr 04
  • Cycle 3: May 24 - Jun 27
  • Cycle 4: Jul 12 - Aug 15
  • Cycle 5: Aug 30 - Oct 03
  • Cycle 6: Oct 18 - Nov 21

Short 3 week subject available each Cycle 
     *Ministering in Times of Scandals and Divisions

You can find details of each subject (course) here

Access the Diocesan Resource Centre Catalogue here 

For more information please contact:

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






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