A civic leadership program is spreading west in hopes of helping lay LA Catholics grow in both their professional development and their faith. 

Tepeyac Leadership, Inc. (TLI), will open enrollment for its inaugural program in Los Angeles during October and November, with the program set to begin in the spring of 2020. An open house will be held Oct. 1 at Cathedral High School. Their one-of-a-kind civic leadership development program runs for five months, and is comprised of 18 weekly sessions. Graduates are equipped to build communities in which people can flourish and advance the common good. 

“Today, the development of lay Catholic professionals and equipping them to become virtuous leaders to advance the mission of the Church and serve the common good in secular society is vital,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez, offering prayers and support to TLI and those who participate. 

Currently, TLI has a program in operation in the Diocese of Phoenix, where Bishop Thomas Olmstead has reported “seeing a big impact.”

“It is our prayer that the Holy Spirit will place in the hearts of participants a mission of leadership that they will gladly embrace and fulfill through God’s grace,” he said. “The true call of the laity, the authentic vocation of lay Catholic men and women, is to be ambassadors of Christ in the world, living among everyone else in secular society, while striving for holiness, sanctifying the world.”

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