New LIMEX program group forming

Time is growing short for those who would like to join the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension (LIMEX) program’s newest group forming in the Archdiocese of Louisville.

The Loyola program, which leads adult students toward a master’s degree or certificate in religious education or pastoral studies, is a joint effort by the archdiocesan Office of Lifelong Formation and Education (OLFE) and Loyola University of New Orleans.

According to a release from Butch Ekstrom, associate director of OLFE, those invited to become involved in LIMEX programs include people interested in church ministries, high school religion teachers, campus ministers and others in service disciplines.

The new cohort — or group — of students is slated to begin their studies before Oct. 1. This will be the fourth LIMEX learning group formed in the Archdiocese of Louisville since the fall of 2010, Ekstrom noted. It will be the sixth Louisville-area cohort overall.

LIMEX students meet regularly throughout the year for study sessions. They proceed through 12 courses of study, the release noted. Graduates are awarded a master’s degree or a continuing education certificate from Loyola University. They also receive official catechist certification credits from OLFE.

Detailed information on the Loyola graduate extension model can be found at — which is the university’s extension studies website.

Ekstrom is the archdiocesan liaison for LIMEX, and he can also provide information and assistance to those inquiring about the program. He can be reached at 448-8581 or by email at

The first official gathering of the newly-formed cohort — called a Loyola Orientation Meeting — should occur during the first half of September. For more information or materials, contact Ekstrom.

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