The Leaders for the Future Program supports college – level study in order to develop future parish ministry and Catholic school leaders in the Diocese of Joliet. The programs are designed to recognize the importance of supporting future lay leaders engaged in graduate study for ministry in the Diocese.  The objective is to promote professional development of parish and school leaders. The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) offers either interest-free loans which school teachers and parish lay ministers pay back through service in the Diocese.  If awarded the grant, a check will be made out to the education institution attended by the applicant.  The reimbursement check will be mailed directly to the applicant who then may forward to their educational institution.  

Additionally, a full reimbursement is provided for online certificates granted by the Institute for Pastoral Initatives, University of Dayton.

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Leaders for the Future Program Options:

  • Leaders -Interest Free Loans for Graduate Studies  
  • Univ. Saint Mary's of the Lake -- Institute for Lay Formation *** NEW IN 2017 ***
  • Univ. of Dayton - Institute for Pastoral Initiatives   
  • Notre Dame ACE ENL Program
  • (English as a New Language Learners Certificate)

 

Loan Amounts
Three year programs have the following loan amounts:
First year applicant: $1,500
Second year: $2,000
Third year: $2,500

Loan Repayment
The corresponding loan amount will be reduced for each year of service in the Diocese of Joliet after the program is completed. A lay minister who borrows for three years, completes a degree and serves for three years in the Diocese of Joliet would be free of any obligation.

Funding Priorities
Applicants must have completed at least one full year of employment with the diocese, a parish or a Catholic elementary or secondary school in a professional position. Volunteers with at least three years of demonstrated leadership abilities within the parish setting and a specialization in catechetical ministry may also be considered. Preference will be given to full-time employees. Part-time employess and volunteers will be considered if funding is available. Those meeting this criteria are encouraged to apply.

1. First priority will be given to parish catechetical leaders (principals/assistant principals and directors/coordinators of religious education, youth ministry and adult faith formation) pursuing a Master's Degree in divinity, pastoral studies, religious education, theology, etc. Teachers pursuing Principal Licensure will also receive primary consideration.

2. Second priority will be to those parish catechetical leaders and qualified volunteer catechetical leaders seeking a Bachelor's Degree after a minimum of 60 credit hours have been completed. (Volunteers, note above criteria.) Applicants seeking a Bachelor's Degree will require the prior approval of the diocesan Director of Religious Education.

3. Third priority will be given to teachers pursuing a ministerial degree, teacher leader endorsements, or administrative certificates, such as curriculum coordinators, with preference in the subjects of science, math, bilingual education, special education, music and liturgy. Funding will not be available for teachers who do not meet the stated criteria.

4.  Loan funding may be offered but is not guaranteed. Please note that application and granting does not extend beyond the stated one-year period. Applications are required and reviewed on an annual basis by the Awards Committee of the Catholic Education Foundation. Funding is limited and all applicants may not be accepted.

Statements of Support
Applications must include two statements of support from the employee's supervisor and the applicant's home parish pastor, with an explanation of the leadership benefits that the diocese will receive from the employee when the degree program is completed.

Application Guidelines
There are two different applications. New candidates should complete the Application for 1st Year Applicants and returning candidates should complete the Application for 2nd and 3rd Year Applicants. The Loan Agreement Form needs to be completed by all candidates.

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Leaders for the Future Loan Agreement

Application Year 1

PDF icon LEADERS FOR THE FUTURE UPDAPPLICATION YR 2-3

USF Cohort Reimbursement Form

LEWIS Cohort Reimbursement Form

 

University of Saint Mary of the Lake

The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) has begun a partnership with the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in providing program cost assistance to interested candidates who are active parishioners in the Diocese of Joliet.  The links below provide the highlights of the Lay Leadership Program certification and other necessary forms.  At this time 100% of the tuition, retreat and formation expenses (excluding textbooks and materials and MAPS Graduate Degree) are reimbursable. 

In order to qualify, applicants must have completed at least one full year of employment with a parish.  Volunteers with at least three years of demonstrated leadership abilities within the parish setting and a specialization in a catechetical ministry may also be considered. Preference will be given to full-time employees. Part time employees and volunteers will be considered if funding is available. Reimbursement will be made after completion of the certificate.

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PDF icon Highlights -summary-Institute for Lay Formation

PDF icon Univ St. Mary of the Lake-Lay Formation Certificate Intent to Begin Form

 

The University of Dayton - Institute for Pastoral Initiatives

The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) in partnership with The University of Dayton will provide FULL reimbursement for catechetical leaders seeking to complete online certificates through the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.  Dayton University offers online certificates that would be beneficial to parish lay ministers in "Foundations of Leadership Ministry", "Adult Formation Leadership", "Youth Ministry", and "Catechesis Program" .  

Applicants must have completed at least one full year of employment with a parish.  Volunteers with at least three years of demonstrated leadership abilities within the parish setting and a specialization in a catechetical ministry may also be considered. Preference will be given to full-time employees. Part time employees and volunteers will be considered if funding is available. Reimbursement will be made after completion of the certificate.

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Dayton Certificate Intent to Begin Form

Dayton Certificate Reimbursement Form

Link to the University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community Program Description

 

Notre Dame ACE ENL Program

The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) is committed to working with teachers to become leaders in their schools. The CEF has created new programs and supported schools specifically for the recruitment of Hispanic students.  Our goal is that school enrollment better reflects the diversity of parishes and serve those who benefit most from a Catholic education. 

These newly enrolled students need teachers and staff that can provide culturally sensitive student centered strategies. Thus the CEF is supporting the University of Notre Dame ACE program for English as a New Language Learner Certificate.

For those who enroll in the ND ACE ENL program, the CEF is offering $1000 in tuition assistance.  This assistance is in addition to financial aid that is offered by the University of Notre Dame.  Funding is limited based on available budget and requires prior approval of the CEF.  Teachers who accept assistance are expected to continue to work in the Diocese of Joliet for at least three years.

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Notre Dame ACE ENL Grant Program Request Form

 

The application process is rolling for this program.  Funding is not guaranteed and is based on available budget.

Applications are currently being accepted.  Applications should be submitted to Joe Langenderfer at jlangenderfer@dioceseofjoliet.org or mailed to:

Catholic Education Foundation
Attn: Joe Langenderfer
Blanchette Catholic Center
16555 Weber Road
Crest Hill, IL 60403

SCHOLARSHIPS and GRANTS

The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) distributes more than 1,600 need-based scholarships each year. Eligible families with students K-12 are encouraged to apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition. These tuition assistance grants are determined on an annual basis and families must apply each year in order to be considered.  In 2016-17, the CEF distributed $2,002,600 to 1,682 students in our Catholic elementary and high schools.
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