ELM: Leadership Formation
The Leadership Formation program is 1.5 years of human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation, providing a ministerial foundation for:
- Those who are entering a new ministry
- Those who have ministerial experience, but need theological or pastoral development
- Those who wish to participate in ongoing formation in ministry
Each participant will select a volunteer ministerial mentor. A volunteer mentor can be procured through one’s own research, or the OEEC will coordinate the pairing based on ministerial interests, stage of life, and other such parameters. A mentor should be someone who is currently ministering in, or has in the past ministered in, the participant’s own area of ministry; a mentor should also be prepared to engage consistently with the participant as adviser, guide, and conversation partner to assist in reflection and growth throughout the program.
Meetings with mentors are required throughout the 1.5 year process, as coordinated between the participant and mentor.
- Core Course: Introduction to the Catholic Faith
- Liturgy: A Guide for the Perplexed
- Catholic Social Teaching
- The Intercultural Church: Theological Foundations and Pastoral Practices
- Making Sense of the Bible in the Catholic Tradition
Six (6) core courses will be required. Five (5) of those will be offered online, through the Notre Dame STEP program. They are:
One (1) core course will be a live (in-person) class in the Archdiocese of Hartford:
Two (2) elective courses will be required, of the participant’s choice. Notre Dame STEP courses, as well as those offered through the OEEC, will be eligible, provided they comply with the expectations of the participant’s ministerial track.
- Formation Day I: Discernment: Is This Where God is Calling Me?
- Formation Day II: Workers, Not Master Builders: Starting and Sustaining A Ministry
- Formation Day III: The Spirituality of Leadership
Formation Days will be day-long gatherings of the cohort to provide in-person community-building, as well as formation on ministry-specific topics.
The themes for each occasion are:
Reflections will be written in collaboration with one’s ministerial mentor and pastor/supervisor. They will be prepared with coursework, parish ministry experience, mentor conversations, and formation days in mind, and demonstrate the formation of the participant taking place.
They will be submitted at three points throughout the program:
Certificate of Completion
Those who complete the ELM leadership formation program will receive a certificate of completion from the Archbishop at the annual Archdiocesan Awards Ceremony.
A key component of leadership is a commitment to ongoing formation, after formal formation has ended. The OEEC offers a variety of opportunities for ongoing formation in parish ministry.
- 9 courses at $50/course = $450
- 3 formation days at $25/day = $75
- Materials cost = $75
Due to the generous support of the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, the OEEC is prepared to underwrite the cost of Cohort I (2018-2019) in its entirety. A formation program of a $600 value will have costs waived for the first cohort, in order to provide high-quality ministerial formation without impediment.
Future costs for the ELM leadership formation program are anticipated to be $600. The cost for the ELM leadership formation program will be $600. The breakdown of cost is:
Distribution of funds can be determined between the pastor and participant, although investment on the part of the parish is expected.
How to Apply
Applicants of Cohort I (2018-2019) should complete the following forms:
- A completed application form
- A pastor recommendation, which includes the commitment of the pastor as supervisor (or a suitable replacement)
- A selection of a ministerial mentor
Applications should be returned to the OEEC no later than January 19, 2018 in order to begin the cohort on February 3, 2018.
Future cohort applications will be accepted starting in September of each year, as a new cohort begins each January. Applications will be through the OEEC online
applicant tracking process.
ELM: Leadership Formation Brochure
ELM: Leadership Formation Application Documents:
Point of Contact
Nicole M. Perone
Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation
860-242-5573 x2677 (office)