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By focusing on the spiritual, intellectual and pastoral development of its participants, the Newman Institute equips lay men and women to participate in the Church's mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Rooted in the wisdom, truth and beauty of the Catholic Church's theological and spiritual tradition and supported by resources of the diocese's three Catholic institutions for higher education (Benedictine University, Lewis University and the University of St. Francis), the Newman Institute contributes to the new evangelization by offering courses for personal development, certification, or university credit through a variety of learning experiences.  Formation events will center on the six tasks of catechesis: 1) promote knowledge of the faith; 2) promote knowledge of the meaning of the Liturgy and the sacraments; 3) promote moral formation in Jesus Christ; 4) teach the Christian how to pray with Christ; 5) prepare the Christian to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church;  6) promote a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society.  (National Directory for Catechesis, n.20)


The Office of Lay Formation's "Newman Institute" was launched in the fall of 2011. 

Phase One introduced the "Foundations of the Faith" mini-courses which have served thousands of participants in over 60 parishes across the diocese to date.  These mini-courses are for adult faith formation and ongoing catechist formation.  These two-hour long sessions are built on an adult-learning model with small group discussions and activities, plus visual aids and additional resourses.

Phase Two of the Newman Institute focuses on the formation of lay leaders and is called "Lay Leadership for the New Evangelization".  It serves as an umbrella for events being hosted by various diocesan agencies, and as a clearinghouse for formation opportunities offered by parishes across the diocese and our three Catholic universities.