Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership (O&L)


School of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Jane Bleasdale

Second Advisor

Alexander Porter MacMillan


The purpose of the study was to determine how lay directors of works in Jesuits West secondary schools can be formed to best serve as faith leaders. The study consisted of secondary research in which interview data and surveys from studies on lay formation in Jesuit universities and lay leadership of Bay Area Catholic High Schools were used to determine whether or not formation of lay directors of works in faith leadership is possible, what the objectives of that training should be, and how that training can be offered. This analysis determined that lay formation is both possible and necessary. It also found that lay formation should focus on both the interior spiritual lives of the leaders as well as their familiarity with the history, philosophy and jargon of the Jesuits. Programs now exist that successfully accomplish those two goals.