Institute for Pastoral Initiatives

About the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives

The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives mobilizes the resources of the University of Dayton for partnerships with the Church that create and implement innovative pastoral initiatives designed to meet the needs of the Church and to articulate faith within the context of contemporary culture.

What do we provide?

Resources for Inclusive Catechesis: The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives serves as a support network and resource to individuals with disabilities and their families by providing DVDs and print resources, consultations, and networking opportunities. 

The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation: A growing initiative to offer adult religious education and faith formation anytime and anywhere via the internet.

The Forum for Young Catechetical Leaders: A two-year program for students of the University of Dayton. The goal is to prepare students to become outstanding catechists or religion teachers. 


Honoring a Force of Nature

Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, director of the University of Dayton’s Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, will receive the nationally prestigious Monika K. Hellwig Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic intellectual life.

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Students and Campus Life

The Forum for Young Catechetical Leaders

Why do some UD students wake up early Saturday morning to go to class? For six flyers, you could say it's God calling them to do so.

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Video: IPI Hosts Intern from Malawi

Ignatius Mvula spent two months this fall at the University of Dayton's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives (IPI) learning to develop online faith formation courses for his diocese in Malawi, Africa.

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Addressing faith in an ever-changing world

"I think every time there has been a major transformation in culture, the Church has made a major change in the way it is present in the culture, the way it presents the Gospel touching people's lives. The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives can bring together the resources of the Catholic university and the Church to address the transformations the Church has to make to be a vital presence in the world that is emerging."

Brother Raymond L. Fitz, SM
University of Dayton President, 1979-2002


Institute for Pastoral Initiatives

Daniel J. Curran Place
1700 S. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, Ohio 45409