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Lay Pastoral Ministry Program


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The Athenaeum of Ohio's Lay Pastoral Ministry Program (LPMP) provides the Archdiocese of Cincinnati with one of the first and most respected lay formation programs in the United States. The program offers graduate and non-degreed programs in pastoral ministry as well as a variety of continuing education offerings of interest to adult Catholics.

The LPMP serves the archdiocese through classes at our main campus in Mount Washington and at satellite locations rotating throughout a 19-county region of Ohio. The program is designed to deepen the faith of our participants, expand their practical skills and increase their ability to publicly articulate Church teaching. The four pillars of formation; intellectual, spiritual, human and pastoral, are the foundation of the program.

LPMP students and graduates are men and women from all walks of life and from all parts of the archdiocese. They are a diverse group of adult learners who maintain work and family commitments while taking classes on Saturdays and/or weeknight evenings.

Our graduates serve the larger Church in a variety of ways:

Most importantly, LPMP graduates become informed and passionate witnesses serving their families, communities and workplaces more effectively. Whether they are preparing for a staff level position in a parish or non-profit agency, applying to the permanent diaconate, or searching for a clearer understanding of Church teaching, our program provides the tools needed to discern God's call and respond effectively.

We hope you will browse the information available here and contact us at 513-231-1200 or smcgurgan@athenaeum.edu for more information about our programs. Our graduate degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada.

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