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School of Lay Ministry


The St. John Paul II Institute (SJP2) of the Diocese of Fort Worth forms lay Catholics to serve as ecclesial ministers by teaching Scripture and Christian doctrine, by training in various ministerial areas, and by providing experiences of human development and spiritual enrichment. SJP2 programs are conducted in both English and Spanish.

JP2 students can go to the CONNECT page for announcements, an updated schedule, and study documents.



A Passion to Serve: JPII Summer Ministry Conference

The St. John Paul II Institute offers a program of classes and workshops during June for all interested, whether or not they are registered with SJP2. The objectives of the Summer Cycle are to offer ministers the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills and to provide opportunity for SJP2 students to complete the basic requirements of their program.

SJP2 will hold its annual summer ministry conference from June 10-22. Lecture series speakers are Franciscan Fr. Albert Haase and Dominican Fr. Gerardo Guerra. Other events of the conference include Saturday ministry workshops. The public is cordially invited. There are no admission fees. For more information, contact Rev. Carmen Mele at or 817-945-9352.

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JP2 Classes

The St. John Paul II Institute will open this school year on Saturday, September 3, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Keller with a second-year class. Weekday classes will resume on Tuesday, September 6, with a first-year class at Immaculate Conception in Denton.
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Objectives, Goals & Participation


Basic Program Information

Basic program classes will begin in September at the following sites:

  • ICC, Denton, 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM (English)
  • St. Andrew, Fort Worth, 2nd & 4th Monday, 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM (English)
  • Distance learning option (English)

  • St. Matthew, Arlington, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM (Spanish)
  • Catholic Center, Fort Worth, 4th Saturday, 9 AM - 3:30 PM (Spanish)


Year Three "Deepening Program"

The third-year "Deepening Program" prepares JP2 commissioned ministers for leadership in parish ministry. Its goals are:

  1. to increase understanding of the various facets of parochial ministry;
  2. to deepen the ability to work with others for common objectives;
  3. to develop ministry skills.


Who can participate? — Any person who has participated in the St. John Paul II Institute basic program or its equivalence is eligible for the "Deepening Program." The participant’s pastor’s (or if it be the case the agency head’s) approval is necessary for admission.




Rev. Carmen Mele, OP
Director of the St. John Paul II Institute

Marlon De La Torre, MA MEd.
Department Director for Catechesis

Irma Jimenez
Administrative Assistant


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