The Diocese of Youngstown Office of Religious Education is hosting an information meeting for the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program (LIMEX) of Loyola University New Orleans on June 5, 2012, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, St. James Church Hall, North Jackson, Ohio. The presentation includes information on course requirements, tuition, spiritual formation, and application for this graduate religious education and pastoral studies degree program in the Diocese of Youngstown. Lay, religious, and ordained persons who are engaged in Church ministry, or laity who want to address themselves to their ministry in the world, are invited.
Loyola Institute for Ministry, in cooperation with dioceses and other sponsoring agencies across the United States, Scotland, England, Canada, Switzerland, and Belize, responds to the needs of ecclesial ministers by offering Catholic graduate ministry formation on-site programs leading to the master of religious education and master of pastoral studies degrees with focus areas in Christian spirituality for ministers, pastoral life and administration, youth ministry, Hispanic ministry, religion and ecology, marketplace ministry, and small Christian community formation. These same programs also offer a Continuing Education Certificate (noncredit). An undergraduate option from Regis University is also available for certificate students.
Ten of the courses are taken in learning groups; each course is led by a Loyola certified facilitator. Sessions for each course employ a design in which lectures in printed form and other required and suggested readings are correlated with the participant’s experience by means of reflective processes. Students also choose two additional courses in their focus area. In these courses, a multimedia course packet is provided to students. The packet guides the students through a learning process that combines independent study and peer group sharing.
Pre-registration for the information meeting is requested. Contact the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Religious Education, 330-744-8451, or visit www.lim.loyno.edu for more information about the LIM extension program, post-master’s courses, or the advanced continuing education certificate.