Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry (ILEM)


Interested in a robust Catholic leadership program? This 23-credit hour formation program consists of ministry training that combines theological studies with human, spiritual and pastoral formation, culminating in a special commissioning by the Archbishop of New Orleans as a Lay Ecclesial Minister.

The Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry (ILEM) of Notre Dame Seminary is a 23-credit hour formation program for leaders and essential volunteers in ministry and teaching designed to create a community of well-formed and well-educated laity culminating in a public commissioning ceremony by the Archbishop of New Orleans. ILEM students are immersed in a rigorous academic and pastoral formation program that includes the same four dimensions of formation that are integral to diaconate and priestly formation. As detailed in the USCCB document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord and after successful completion of the program, both new and veteran lay ecclesial ministers are sent forth to catechize, form and evangelize others.

Scholarship Opportunity

You may be eligible for our two scholarships: Handing on the Faith and Ecclesial Ministry Discount! Please see attachments for qualifications.

Handing on the Faith (HOF)

Ecclesial Ministry Discount (EMD)

Course Requirements

  • 23 credit hours 

        8  credits of formation

       12 credits of scripture, dogmatic theology, and morality

        3 credits of practicum

  • All requirements can be completed in 2.5 years

ILEM Advising Sheet

ILEM MAPL Handbook 2022-2023

ILEM MAPL Programs for the Laity

Contact Us

Don’t be shy! We’re happy to help with your discernment!

Daniel Burns, Ph.D., Director of Lay Ministry Programs and Lay Formation 866-7426 ext 123

Monique Legendre, M.Ed., Administrative Assistant, (504) 866-7426 ext 742