The Instituto de Formación para Laicos (Institute for Laity Formation), also known as IFL, is an initative that responds to the need for an integral and permanent formation of the laity in our Church and our world today. Our mission is to accompany and educate the laity so that they can carry out the tasks of the New Evangelization.
We firmly believe that the time is now for lay people to face the challenges of the present and do so with a solid theological foundation. Inspired by the Aparecida document (2007), the magisterium of the laity, and Pope Francis’ teachings, we follow a formative syllabus through 3 serial Diplomas (each lasting one-year) in order to promote leadership of the New Evangelization.
At the beginning of the program, IFL sets the foundation for participants to have an integral and permanent preparation. This way, through encounter with Christ and conversion, we can announce the Gospel, the Kingdom of God, and transform our temporary realities.
The IFL places equal emphasis on integrating this knowledge into the “heart”, so that this learning can be then “translated” into actions and works.
Pope Francis invites us to be educators, using our mind, heart, and hands. To head this call, we must embrace this learning and personal conversion so that our works may be for the benefit of others and the common good.