Evangelizing is the Church’s mission. It is not the mission of only a few, but it is mine, yours and our mission” General Audience, May 22, 2013

These words of Pope Francis underscore the importance of adult faith formation. If we are to share the faith, we must know the faith. The Lay Theology Institute, informally known as Mercy U., is an answer to that call. The collaboration between Our Lady of Mercy Church and the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception brings higher level theology to the parish, so that lay men and women can grow in the knowledge and the love of Jesus in order to call others to know and love Him. I encourage you to participate in this wonderful opportunity.
— Cardinal Donald Wuerl

A lay theology program for Catholics who want to intellectually and spiritually deepen their knowledge of the faith through study in the Thomistic tradition.  The goal is to equip graduates to engage the world with reason informed by the teachings of the Catholic Church.


ALL CLASSES HELD AT OUR LADY OF MERCY IN POTOMAC, MARYLAND