The Catherine of Siena Institute is an apostolate founded by Sherry Weddell and Fr. Michael Sweeney O.P.. The Catherine of Siena Institute works to ensure that the words of Pope John Paul, II as found in Christifideles Laici “Formation is not the privilege of a few, but a right and duty of all” may become a reality for every Catholic.
The Catherine of Siena Institute does this by having a distinctly lay approach, spirituality, and focus that is deeply rooted in the Tradition and Magisterial teaching of the Church. The Institute calls each baptized man and women to intentional discipleship and to take seriously the gifts of the Holy Spirit given to every Christian. The Institute encourages collaboration between the clergy and laity in mission to the world and is geared to the real lives of working adults.
The Catherine of Siena Institute works to make apostolic formation and support readily available to all lay Catholics by:
- making evangelization and apostolic 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