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Worship &
Christian Initiation

Liturgical Institute
of the Southwest
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The Liturgical Institute of the Southwest (LISW) is a two-year formation and certification program in Roman Catholic Liturgy sponsored by the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and coordinated through the LISW Subcommittee of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission.

It is designed to provide basic liturgical education and formation for persons involved in parish liturgy planning, preparation, ministerial training and formation. Potential candidates for LISW include:

  • Liturgical Ministry Coordinators, Liturgy Committee Members, Ministry Heads, Sacristans
  • Music Directors, Youth Directors
  • Directors of Religious Education, RCIA, Deacons, Priests, Religious
  • Paid or volunteer, full-time or part-time ministers

Classes for the LISW are held one Saturday each month, September through June at the Catholic Center in Albuquerque.

A Typical Saturday Class Schedule

9:00 a.m. Gathering & Prayer
9:30 a.m. Coursework
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Coursework
3:45 p.m. Announcements
4:00 p.m. Dismissal

Credit and Certification

College credit and certification may be available through a partnership with St. John's University School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota.

LISW Tuition

Tuition for participants of the LISW IS $125 per semester. Due to a generous Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, full tuition for the first semester, Fall 2002, will be waived for all participants. This grant will also partially fund course books and materials for participants as well as the liturgy retreat.

It is the hope and desire of the LISW that parishes will support their LISW participants with financial assistance. Additional grant or scholarship monies may be available from other sources for qualifying participants.

Application Requirements

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Letter of Recommendation from Pastor
  • Interview with LISW Committee

To Obtain An Application Form

Please include the following information with your request:

  • Name
  • Address
  • City, State, Zip
  • Phone
  • E-mail
  • Parish
  • Pastor's Name

Send your request to:

Liturgical Institute of the Southwest
Office of Worship and Christian Initiation
4000 St. Joseph's Place NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


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