• Our Initiative is Collaborative

  • To address the special needs of mission and rural dioceses in the US

Mission Statement.

To partner with dioceses in the formation of lay pastoral leaders.
The Congar Institute for Ministry Development is an initiative of the Southern Dominican Province. Committed to the Catholic tradition and drawing from the charisms of its collaborating religious organizations, the Institute fosters pastoral formation in this time of ministerial transformation, especially in dioceses with limited resources.

Vision Statement:

The Congar Institute draws upon the vision of the late Cardinal Yves Congar, who devoted his life to retrieving the image of the church as a living sacrament of Christ's presence in the world and as a priestly people consecrating the world to God. The Second Vatican Council endorsed and developed Congar's vision of a church where all the baptized are called to be apostles, where the lives of all the faithful bear witness to the kingdom of God, and where, through them, the light of the gospel is meant to illuminate every aspect of social experience. As Pope Benedict XVI said, "Co-responsibility demands a change in mind-set, especially concerning the role of laypeople in the church. They should not be regarded as ‘collaborators’ of the clergy but rather as people who are really ‘co-responsible’ for the church’s being and acting.” Like Congar himself, we believe that adult faith formation can and must transform each believer into an evangelizer, and that in this age of "new evangelization" the ministry of the church can and must discover how to be appropriately inclusive, empowering, and missionary.



  • Lay-Centered
  • Multicultural and Multi-lingual
  • Decentralized (Diocesan-centered)
  • Accredited when possible
  • Theologically and Academically Sound
  • Multi-faceted
  • Flexible to the Needs of the Diocese
  • Affordable
  • Collaborative
  • Innovative
  • Complementary
  • Short or Long-term
  • Need-based
  • “We encourage dioceses...to seek creative ways of providing opportunities for the preparation and formation of lay ecclesial ministers, especially in mission and rural areas, and for meeting the needs of various cultural groups ”
    Co- Workers in the vine yardof the lord p. 33
  • “Lay ecclesial ministers, just like the ordained, need and deserve formation of high standards, effective methods andcomprehensive goals.”
    Co-Workers in the vineyard of the Lord. p. 33

285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio, TX 78216-6693
Email: congarinstitute@ost.edu
Phone: 210-341-1366 Ext. 269
Fax: 210-341-4519

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