Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Discipleship Institute

PhotoScan- discipleship logoOur parish’s Discipleship Institute has been developed to invite members of the community to get more involved in being credible witnesses to the gospel.

It will provide information, inspiration, plenty of discussion, and prayer to stimulate the members’ creativity and the sharing of their gifts.  It is an institute for disciples!

The Discipleship Institute offers a variety of programs to help each individual grow in following Jesus as one of his disciples in the modern world and to support the parish’s worship, formation, and service ministries.

Discipleship involves living according to Jesus’ teaching and following the pattern of his life which includes sharing in his ministry.  The Discipleship Institute pursues these goals by offering programs through four tracks:


  • Scripture/Theology

    The Parables of Jesus– March 2, 16, 23, 30 & April 6, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    We will explore the full range of parables, working out the main themes of Jesus’ teaching, leading to insight into the teacher, Jesus.

    Facilitated by Harry Fleddermann, Professor Emeritus

    Register here!

  • Spirituality/Prayer

    …And The Elders Pray…

     2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:00 am – 9:45 am

    Charlotte Molter & Anita Hallman Kowalski

    As “Elders” we are called to mentor, share experience and PRAY!  “…and the elders pray…” is a movement to take the time to pray.  Each prayer sharing will include the names of those we pray for, time for listening, time for praying (silent and verbal) and time for reflection.  We have the time and energy to call upon the Spirit to bless those in need.  LET’S DO IT!



    Parish Mission – March 8-10

    Sponsored by St. Greg’s and OLOL

    The Discipleship Institute recommends participation in this collaborative event!


    Spring Bible Study

    Thursdays at OLOL and St. Greg’s April 27 – June 1
    Times TBA

    A continuation of our study of scripture.

    Learn more here!

    Register here!



    Women’s Retreat – February 3-5, 2017


    Men’s retreat – Details coming soon!



    Art/Prayer Experiences- 2017

    Still Life with Oils/Pastels

    Tuesdays – March 7 – April 11, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    The Shadow Lengthens

    Tuesdays – June 6 – 27, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm



    Spiritual Direction

    What Is Spiritual Direction?

    Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Meet the Spiritual Director

    May 20 after 5:00 pm Mass
    May 21 after 10:30 am Mass

    Join us to find out what spiritual direction is, what’s involved, how much time is required, and how to choose a spiritual director.

    Facilitated by Laurie Ozbolt, spiritual director



    Pentecost Evening of Reflection

    Wednesday, May 31, 7:00 pm

    Join us as we reflect on the gifts we have as individuals and Christians, and on the ways in which we share or can share these gifts.


    Pentecost Discernment

    Satueday, June 10 after 5:00 pm Mass
    Sunday, June 11 after 10:30 am Mass

    This is our annual discernment as parishioners. Pentecost evokes a rebirth in each of us. Join us to see what this rebirth is calling you to do here at OLOL, in your families, or in your communities.

  • Leadership/Ministry

    Becoming A Group

    Thursdays – February 2 – 23, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    This is for anyone who is part of a committee or group. The focus will be on group process & developing skills needed within a functioning group.

    Facilitated by Anita Hallman Kowalski, MS

    Register here!



    Parish Ambassadors

    WE NEED YOU!  The sign out in front of the church says…”all are welcome.” We want to make sure that everyone knows that. Some of you already do it….quite a few of you are really good at it….let’s organize and make it a ministry here at Our Lady of Lourdes.

    A Parish Ambassador of Our Lady of Lourdes is:

    • One who smiles at everyone he or she meets on Saturday or Sunday (or any day) at the parish.
    • One who says hello to everyone he or she meets on Saturday or Sunday (or any day) at the parish.
    • One who reaches out to the new person (someone you haven’t seen before), asks if they are new, and if there is any way you can help them find their way around.
    • One who engages the new person in conversation in order to make them feel comfortable and in order to understand their possible needs as a parishioner.

    Parish Ambassador Training

    Saturday, March 4, 9:00 am – noon

    Spend a morning learning what it means to be a welcoming parishioner. Commissioned ambassadors will be helping all to feel more comfortable and welcomed in our parish.

    Register here!



    Personality of Groups & Effective Teams

    Thursdays – May 11 – June 15, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

    A detailed exploration into how a team/group evolves from conception, as a gathering of individuals, through change, and into a cohesive unit. Participants will learn how the interplay of individual personality types impact a group and how a team’s purpose/mission defines the group’s personality. With appropriate understanding and engagement, teams can find success.

    Facilitated by Marc Puechner & Joe Kallenberger

    Register here!

  • Reachout Ministries

    “Friend- To-Friend” Ministry

    Here’s how it works: you are dealing with an issue in your life and it would really help to talk about it with someone who has experienced that same issue. You put in a call to the Parish Nurse, Wanda Nye and she “connects” you to a “friend”.  That “friend” will offer support and encouragement and most importantly, will listen to you!

    “Friend” Connections in place:

    • Alcoholics Anonymous
    • Adult Children of Alcoholics
    • LGBTQ concerns
    • Dealing with Kennedy’s Disease (form of Muscular Dystrophy)
    • Kidney Disease
    • Dealing with Heart Disease
    • Cancer
    • Dealing with sick children
    • Dealing with Breast Cancer
    • Caregiving for the Elderly
    • Alzheimer’s Disease


    If you could become a “friend,” please contact Wanda Nye, Parish Nurse, and tell her you are ready and willing!

    “Friend” Connections needed:

    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Arthritis
    • Difficult Pregnancies
    • Separated & Divorced
    • Housebound, Loneliness
    • Loss of a loved one
    • Marriage Issues
    • Aging Issues
    • Spiritual Development
    • Dealing with Multiple Sclerosis
    • Dealing with problem children
    • Faith questions
    • Recovery issues
    • Anger management
    • Work/job related issues


    Downloadable Flyer


For information on any of the programs of the Discipleship Institute, contact:

Anita Hallman Kowalski, (414) 550-9890

Harry Fleddermann, (414) 383-8023

Jim Wielgosz, (414) 208-5647