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The Institute for Liturgy and Spirituality (ILS)

Questions And Answers

How much do Institute courses cost?

All courses have a fee based on the number of total class hours:

  • Registration fee is $4.00 x the number of class hours.
  • An annual fee has been paid by the following parishes. This provides unlimited access to classes for all parishioners.
    • Our Lady of Perpetual Help
    • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
    • Church of the Holy Spirit
    • St. Augustine
    • Christ the King - Southaven
    • St. Louis
    • St. Brigid
  • Some parishes pay for individual tuition and/or books. Check with your parish.
  • Private music lessons (voice, guitar, organ) are billed according to individual instructor fees (normally $35-50/hour).

Who are the instructors?

Instructors are clergy, religious and laity who have both educational background and practical experience in liturgical ministry. While we rely heavily on instructors from our own diocese, we also have visiting instructors who have special expertise in the course topics.

Where are the classes held?

Classes meet in parishes and schools throughout the diocese. Specific sites are indicated on the course schedule.

How do I register for classes?

There are several ways and this needs to be done by the designated deadline: you may register online on this website for any course except Extraordinary Minister of Communion and Lector training Level I. For these two you need pastor approval. You may print out a registration form fill it out and take it to your parish where your pastor must sign it and fax it to our office @ 901 373-1269. Parishes are familiar with this procedure and even have registration forms on hand @ the office. For all other courses follow instructions to online registration, click on "Send Registration" down at the lower left corner of the form one time after which you should receive a confirmation. You may also mail your printable registration to our office located @ 5825 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN 38134.

May I take classes in any order I want?

Maybe yes... Maybe no...

Some classes will have prerequisites, but others may be taken at any time. Check the registration form for specific information about the class you are considering.

How can I purchase textbooks?

Textbooks are named and priced on the course schedule. Textbooks are sold on site immediately prior to the first meeting of each class. Efforts are made to keep textbook prices to a minimum.

I still have additional questions. Who can I talk to about them?

The Institute for Liturgy and Spirituality is managed by Angie Beller and she can be reached at (901) 373-1261.