The Institute for Lay Ministry (ILM) is the administrative branch of Sacred Heart Major Seminary that facilitates admissions, offers advising, and provides formation opportunities and other student services for commuter students who are enrolled in the seminary's degree and diploma programs, as well as for those students who wish to take courses for their own faith enrichment.

Our role is to guide you through admissions, connect you to academic advising and provide formation opportunities, help you to discern which degree or diploma program is right for you, serve students preparing for various lay ministries and leadership roles, including the permanent diaconate, and provide continuing education programs (Formation) to assist students seeking Lay Ministerial Certification in the Archdiocese of Detroit.


Matthew T Gerlach, PhD, Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry
(313) 883-8710

Mr. Ryan Cahill, Director of Distance Education and Online Learning
(313) 883-8757

Patrick Cassady, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
(313) 883-8696

Mrs. Melissa Pordon, Coordinator of Special Projects
(313) 868-7031

Ms. Kathryn Bergeron, Admissions & Retention Counselor
(313) 883-8707

Ms. Natalia Cappella, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the ILM
(313) 883-8541