The Catherine of Siena Institute (CSI) is an affiliated ministry of the Western Dominican Province dedicated to equipping parishes for the evangelization and formation of lay Catholics for the sake of their mission to the world. The Institute provides innovative resources and programming that are faithful to the teaching of the Church and will enable parishes to become lively and dynamic centers of evangelization and formation. Since our founding in 1997, we have worked with over 65,000 lay, religious, and ordained Catholics in hundreds of parishes in 100 (arch)dioceses on 5 continents.
The Church clearly teaches that all of the baptized are called by Christ to proclaim his Gospel in the world. Although the Church teaches that "Formation is not the privilege of a few, but a right and duty of all." (Christifideles Laici, 63) parishes rarely attempt or are equipped to provide a formation that prepares Catholics for so great a mission. We seek to bridge the gap between the Church’s vision for the laity and the reality of the current evangelization and formation practices and structures in our parishes, which are the only contact that 98% of Catholics have with the Church.
The Catherine of Siena Institute works to ensure that every lay Catholic has access to a formation that:
- Is distinctly lay in approach, spirituality, and focus;
- Is deeply rooted in the Tradition and Magisterial teaching of the Church;
- Calls each baptized man and women to intentional discipleship
- Fosters integration of faith, work, and relationships;
- Takes seriously the gifts of the Holy Spirit given to every Christian;
- Enables each one to discern more deeply God's unique call in his or her own life;
- Prepares him or her to be an effective, creative apostle in the midst of the world;
- Encourages collaboration between the clergy and laity in mission to the world; and
- Is geared to the real lives of working adults.
We do so by:
- Making evangelization and self-formation resources available to lay Catholics and developing new resources as needed.
- Equipping parishes to become centers of evangelization and formation, discernment, and apostolic support for the laity.
- Forming clergy, religious, and lay leaders to be effective evangelizers and formators of lay people.
- Fostering awareness, discussion, theological inquiry, and pastoral consultation throughout the Church regarding the evangelization, apostolic mission, and formation of the laity.
- Collaborating with interested individuals, groups, and organizations in the service of this mission.