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Online Opportunities

For diocesan educational and catechetical leaders

STEP Theology Online

Online catechetical certificate program 2017-2021.  See website for registration and calendar of courses.

For students of theology, lay ecclesial ministers, deacons

St. Joseph College Online Theology Programs

The Diocese of Joliet is a partner with St. Joseph College offering Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, Bachelor of Arts and Certificates in Theology.  Easy online application, flexible start dates and optional on-campus summer sessions.  Students from the Diocese of Joliet will receive a 10% discount.  See flyer and visit www.sjcme.edu for more information. 
For catechist certification & interested Catholics

University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community

The Diocese of Joliet is a partner with the VLCFF to offer adult faith formation via the internet.  These 5 week courses and 3 week seminars are available on a variety of Catholic faith topics.  Because we are a partner diocese, people anywhere in the Diocese of Joliet can take an online course for only $40 plus the cost of books.  Some courses are available in Spanish.

For diocesan educational and catechetical leaders

USCCB Leadership Institute

Online resources include webinars designed for diocesan leaders who provide faith formation to diverse age groups and settings.

Diocesan Programs/Partnerships

For catechetical leaders/open to the public

Biblical Institute of the Diocese of Joliet 
SS. Peter & Paul, Naperville
St. Matthew, Glendale Heights
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Coal City
Visitation, Elmhurst

Study the entire bible in an in-depth, truly Catholic way in four years.  For more information on the Biblical Institute contact Karen in the Religious Education Office, 815-221-6147.



Open to the public

Monthly Charismatic Prayer Meeting 
 Blanchette Catholic Center, Crest Hill

Everyone is welcome!  A Charismatic Prayer Meeting is a gathering of Christians to give praise, thanks, honor and love to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  It's a time to gather in community, to praise God as we are led by the Holy Spirit in song, scripture and spiritual gifts.  These monthly meetings generally take place on the last Wednesday of each month from 7:00-9:00PM. Please call Deacon John Freund in the Diaconate Office for more information at 815-221-6174.

For parish leaders, parish volunteers & interested Catholics

Lay Leadership Formation Program
Benedictine University, Lisle

This two-year certificate program is a collaboration with the Archdiocese of Chicago.  The program is designed to serve several constituencies, including those involved in parish leadership, volunteer ministries at the parish level, and those adults seeking quality enrichment in the Catholic tradition.  Classes meet weekly throughout the academic year.  Monthly formation days take place on Saturdays at St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.  For more information about the program and the application process please visit www.instituteforlayformation.org, call 847-837-4550 or email ilf@usml.edu


Open to the public

Prayer at Abortion Clinics

Many parishes help maintain a prayerful presence at the abortion clinics located in the Diocese of Joliet. The Diocesan Respect Life Office maintains a listing of locations and times that prayer takes place.  Please visit their calendar of events and join in prayer whenever you can.  Or you may call them at 815-221-6251 for more information.

Open to the public

Natural Family Planning

The Joliet Diocesan Natural Family Planning Program teaches the Billings Ovulation Method of NFP.  These two-session classes in English and Spanish are offered for a fee of $50 per couple and take place at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill, St. Dominic Parish in Bolingbrook, Presence St. Mary Hospital in Kankakee and St. Joseph Church in Addision.  For general information about dates and times please call the Office of Family Ministry at 815-838-5334 or see their calendar of events.

Open to the public

Rachel's Vineyard Retreats

Post abortive women and men are encouraged to attend these retreats which are held approximately two times per year.  They begin at 6:00PM and continue through Sunday early afternoon.  See brochure.  Contact Kay at 1-866-4483 for additional information.  

Open to the public

Mayslake Ministries

 Offering faith formation programs and retreats for adults.  Located at 718 Ogden Ave., Suite 200, in Downers Grove. New...Online Bible Study Series and Graced Moments: A Ministry for Busy Moms can now be found at Mayslake's YouTube Channel!   More information can be found at their website, or call 630-852-9000. Spiritual Direction is also available.  Call Dr. Mary Amore at the above number to schedule an appointment or email her at mamore@mayslakeministries.org

Mission talks for parishes

The Francis Effect:
Beyond the Year of Mercy

Pope Francis is capturing the hearts and minds of Christians everywhere.  Don't miss this opportunity to explore your spiritual journey through the writings of this inspiring man of God.  See flyer.  To schedule this mission for your parish, call Dr. Mary Amore at 630-852-9000 or email her at mamore@mayslakeministries.org

For special needs teens and adults

Children of Mary
Corpus Christi Church, Carol Stream

Provides tools and resources to assist each individual in his or her Christian journey to a fuller and richer quality of life.  This is the mission of this group of special needs teens and adults who want to get together not only socially, but to have a group rooted in their Catholic faith.  Find more information at their website.
For engaged couples

Catholic Engaged Encounter
Portiuncula Center for Prayer, Frankfort

These weekend retreats help prepare couples for a sacramental marriage and are usually offered 2-3 times per  year.  See www.jolietee.org for more information and registration.  Call 815-221-6246 for information about Spanish sessions.
For married couples

Marriage Encounter
Elk Grove Village

These sessions usually take place 3 times per year.  For upcoming session schedule call 630-577-0778 or email applications-joliet@alifetimeoflove.org
For couples in a troubled marriage

Retrouvaille Weekends

These weekends help couples heal and renew their marriages.  To see upcoming dates and locations see www.retrovaille.org.

Parish Programs

Open to the public

Parish Bible Studies

Here is a partial list of diocesan parishes that hold bible studies.  This list is maintained by the Religious Education Office.  To add your parish to the list, please contact Karen Wojnarowski at 815-221-6147. 
Open to the public

Seasons of Hope
SS. Peter & Paul, Naperville

This Christ-centered faith sharing group is intended for those who have lost a loved one through death.  For more information or to register please contact Deacon Joe Verdico at 630-718-2127. See flyer for 2016-2017 meeting dates.  This group will meet in the St. Paul Center at the corner of Benton and Brainard at 6:30PM. 
Open to the public

In-Sight: Vision of the Inner Life
Monthly on the 4th Tuesday
St. Thomas the Apostle, Naperville

All are invited to enrich and deepen your inner life with this monthly meeting to read and discuss short stories, essays, poetry and art.  Meetings begin September 27, 2016 through May 23, 2017.  Come each month or as often as you are able.  Contact Marge at mcoronado@stapostl.org for more information or call her at 630-355-8980x118.

Community Programs

Open to the public

Portuncula Center for Prayer

The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart invite you to review their 2016 calendar of events that take place at their Portuncula Center for Prayer and Poverello Holistic Center on the grounds in Frankfort.  Please call 815-469-4895 or email info@portforprayer.org for more information.  A listing of events can be found at their website:  www.portforprayer.org
Open to the public

Tau Center

Tau Center is a spirituality ministry of the Wheaton Franciscans located at 26 W 171 Roosevelt Rd., in Wheaton.   We are a welcoming community of faith striving together to be instruments of peace, hope and justice in our world today. Tau Center has a full season of spirituality programs and events, along with special guest facilitators. New offerings available in 2016 can be found here.   We hope you will find something you would like to attend.  Contact them at taucenter@wheatonfranciscan.org for more information.