Lay Ministry Formation and Leadership

Lay Parish Ministers are the backbone of any church.  These dedicated people give their time and energy to help build the kingdom of God. 

The Lay Ministry Formation and Leadership program provides deeper formation for Lay Ministers. 

Students gather one Saturday per month for nine months to study topics such as liturgy, theology, scripture, and of course, ministry.

They demonstrate leadership through projects and communal prayer.


Catholic Biblical School


Structure of the evenings:

  • About 45 minutes of faith-sharing on homework from the previous week and questions for the professor
  • Break
  • 50-60 minute lecture livestreamed from University of Dallas, preparing participants for the upcoming week’s readings and homework

The first two years of the CBS program, focus on the biblical books that form the foundation of both the Old and New Testaments. Years Three and Four of the program cover the remaining books of the Bible, emphasizing their contexts and principle themes.

While starting at the beginning of the four-year cycle is encouraged, a student can join the program at any point. Students completing the requirements of all four years of the Catholic Biblical School program will receive a Certificate of Advanced Biblical Studies from the School of Ministry, University of Dallas.

“Our approach to scripture is rigorous, scholarly, and in conformity with the best of Catholic biblical tradition. CBS is guided by the directives of Scripture study as given in the Vatican II document, Dei Verbum (1965), and in more recent documents by the Pontifical Biblical Commission such as The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church (1993), and The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible (2002)”