This month, the Institute for Leadership in Ministry will welcome the Class of 2020. These almost 60 individuals were nominated by their pastors to begin the three-year program. They are currently involved in ministry in 20 different parishes and are recognized as having leadership potential.
As always, there is much diversity in the incoming class which reflects many of the cultural communities in the church of San Jose. Our incoming students are American, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Mexican, Salvadorian, Slovakian, and Vietnamese. Coming together as ILM community, students learn from one another and minister to each other. During the three years, they are formed as leaders who will work together in collaboration to serve in the many multicultural parishes of the Diocese.
Each year, the application process includes interviews with each nominee. Each is asked to share something of his or her faith experience and daily prayer life. This year, many shared amazing stories of conversion and transformation. They are inspired and eager to begin.
The Diocese is very blessed to have so many dedicated men and women willing to make this commitment of three years. Together with pastors and parish staffs, the Institute administration and faculty collaborate to form these individuals into ministerial leaders for our local church.
For more information visit, www.dsj.org/ilm.