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Archdiocesan news briefs for September 2019

Enroll now in School of Lay Formation

Registration is now open for the School of Lay Formation (formerly known as Lay Ministry) class of 2019-2021. The School of Lay formation forms lay men and women who desire to grow in their understanding of the Catholic faith and in their ability to serve the Church. Over the course of two years, participants develop knowledge in spirituality, theology, and pastoral service. There are two ways of learning: traditional classroom format, offered in Spanish, meets once a week for two years in three locations: St. Brendan High School in Miami, St. Andrew Church in Coral Springs and St. Bartholomew Church in Miramar; online program, offered in English or Spanish, which incorporates eight online courses and in-person meetings over the two-year period. Tuition is 20 payments of $28/person, plus a non-refundable $100 fee; or 20 payments of $51/couple plus a non-refundable $200 fee. Registration forms are due by Sept. 30. Classes begin in October. Download the forms here:

Take part in Life Chain

On Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 6, Archdiocese of Miami churches and schools will be taking part in the Life Chain, lining up along major roads while praying for an end to abortion and witnessing for life. The main Life Chain locations will be: in Miami, US1 from Kendall Drive to LeJeune Road; in Homestead, at 288th Street and US1; in Broward, all along University Drive from Sample Road to Miramar Parkway. For exact location, details and contact information, visit

Catechetical Conference set for Nov. 2

The Office of Catechesis invites all catechists and Catholic school teachers to the 2019 Catechetical Conference, to be held Nov. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center, 711 N.W. 72 Ave., Miami. The theme this year is “Family, Be Who You Are!” Archbishop Thomas Wenski will celebrate the opening Mass and speakers include Life Teen’s Mark Hart and Mother Adela Galindo, foundress of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Workshop topics include faith, science and evolution; transgender surgery and Catholic anthropology; as well as, in Spanish, gender ideology and the theology of the body. Information and registration at

Join March for Life in D.C.

High school students, youth groups and young adults are invited to join the Archdiocese of Miami Office of Youth and Young Adults on a pilgrimage to the National March for Life, Thursday, Jan. 23 through Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The March for Life is an annual pro-life rally protesting abortion, held in Washington D.C. on the anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, that legalized abortion for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy. The pilgrimage price includes air fare, two nights at a hotel, and visits to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the St. John Paul II Shrine and the National Holocaust Museum, as well as a possible visit to elected officials on Capitol Hill. There will also be a pre-pilgrimage retreat. Father Manny Alvarez, pastor of Little Flower in Coral Gables, will serve as spiritual director. All minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a chaperone. Cost is $500/quad occupancy, $605/double occupancy. Initial deposit of $175 is due by Oct. 18; final payment by Dec. 4. Register at For more information, call 305-762-1185 or email [email protected].

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