The Ministry Formation Program is mandated by the Archdiocese to form and educate lay ecclesial leaders who, working together with priests, permanent deacons and the whole faith community, can build up God’s People in mission to the world.

The Ministry Formation Program (MFP) was established at the end of 2004 to form lay ecclesial ministers and permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Adelaide. The vision and development of this program owes much to the priests, religious and lay people who have worked tirelessly over many years to provide education and formation in faith throughout the Archdiocese.

February 2006: MFP commenced – Fr Paul Cashen MSC and Sr Patricia Fox RSM, inaugural Director, created the initial program.

February 2011: building on the foundations established by Fr Paul and Sr Pat the MFP integrates the family-centred focus of the Archdiocese under the leadership of Fr Philip Marshall VG, Director of People in Ministry and Chancellor Catherine Whewell. Community development and attention to emergent forms of ministry needed for the 21st century are implemented.

February 2012: Further development of the MFP continues under the leadership of Director, Ms Margaret Speechley and the newly formed team of Dr Marie Loller and Mr Aldo Floreani with Executive Assistant, Ms Susan Vieceli.

September 23, 2016: Archbishop Philip Wilson DD JCL presided at Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral as Ministry Formation team members, past and present, and current students and graduates with their families celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Ministry Formation Program. 


Today the Ministry Formation Program continues to strive in meeting the changing needs of our Catholic communities in the Archdiocese of Adelaide. The MFP provides each student with rich opportunities to support growth and deeper understanding of our Catholic faith. Their formational journey is closely accompanied by the MFP team members, each of whom brings a range of theological, pastoral and formational knowledge and skills to this unique program.

It is with a deep sense of gratitude for God’s many graces that together we participate in …   

                       Nurturing vibrant faith filled communities

                                           Making sense of Catholic life and living

                                                          Creating spaces where relationships flourish