Campus Ministry Leadership Initiative

The purpose of this initiative is to enable campus ministries in your diocese to develop student leaders who will expand Catholic programs without increasing staff or budgets.

Campus ministries reach the hearts of students
Campus Ministry team at 2013 Campus Ministry Leadership Institute in Mobile, Alabama.

Catholic Extension has partnered with the USCCB Office for Education to host Campus Ministry Leadership Institute (CMLI) regionally in mission dioceses. The agreement covers approximately 80 percent of the total cost of this institute, including the cost for students to travel to this event. 

CMLI is an annual, four-day training that gathers teams of talented college students and campus ministers. These teams receive hands-on training to plan and execute new programs at their campuses that align with one of the six core aspects of campus ministry, as defined in the bishops' pastoral letter, Empowered in the Spirit.

Participant teams also will commit to implementing a specific project at their campus.  These projects are student-driven initiatives, such as an on-campus evangelization campaign, a weekly Bible study class, retreats for men and women, or a new social outreach undertaking.

The regionalization of this institute will provide greater accessibility of this resource to campuses from mission dioceses. In the summer of 2012, CMLI was held in the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, in 2013 it was held in the Archdiocese of Mobile, and in 2014 it was held in San Antonio, Texas. This summer it will be held in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Duration: 4 days
Value to Participating Diocese: $7,125 (per campus)

Date for the 2015 CMLI: June 16-21 New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, New Mexico

For more information about CMLI see the USCCB website.


 Campus Ministry Leadership Initiative Guidelines

To Apply

  • Read and review the Program Guidelines, linked above
  • Complete the Online Application Form, due by a deadline of Wednesday, March 18.

For More Information

Contact Terry Witherell, Senior Director of Mission, at 508.668.1786 or