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The mission of the Women of Grace® Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women® is to identify, educate, develop, and train Catholic women to be active leaders and mentors of the day in accord with their state in life. By infusing family life, communities, institutions, organizations and governmental agencies with Catholic moral and social teaching, the leaders trained by this Institute will do much to infuse a Culture of Life into contemporary society and will “aid humanity in not falling.”

"How rare it is to find a valiant woman! It is perhaps necessarily so, since Scripture says that they are more precious than pearls and diamonds. Let us however work to train a few." -St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (1779 -1865)



Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women® Past Participant,
Orchard Lake Michigan

Perhaps you have had a moment in your life where you knew that your life would never be the same.  That was my experience when I completed the first course in Catholic Women’s Leadership.  At the time that I registered for the course, I absolutely had no idea why I was enrolling it in or how I would utilize it in my future.  All I knew for sure was that I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to register for this course.  Using Mary, our mother, as my role model, I said ‘yes’.    

What I said ‘yes’ to was a profound experience that transformed my entire womanhood!  What God has entrusted to me as being a female is such an awesome responsibility; I trust that I will learn how to better accomplish this by this program.  Dr. Monica Miller was so passionate and knowledgeable, it was contagious, and I knew that I would never be the same again.  I truly felt the presence of God everywhere on campus.  It was inspiring and nurturing to be surrounded by all these amazing men and women who were so filled with God’s love. Though I do not know where I am being lead, I do know that now is the time, and I just can’t wait to be back on campus again!”

carmenCarmen Schattner,
Student in the Catholic Women’s Leadership Program at the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women®


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or contact Adora Ibrahim at:
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SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary
3535 Commerce Rd.
Orchard Lake, MI 48324

scmslogoThe mission of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary is to bring men, from Poland, to study and become ordained for the priesthood, here, in the US as well as offer advanced degree programs for lay people. SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary prepares men and women for ministries in the Church by providing resources for their theological, spiritual and ministerial formation.

The Seminary is honored and excited by this unique partnership with the Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women. More specifically, the Seminary is humbled by the task entrusted to us, as we seek to help academically in the formation of faithful daughters of Christ’s holy Church. Please consider joining us!

joshDr. Joshua D. Genig
Director of Lay Ministry (MA Programs)
Associate Professor of Church History



adoraAdora Ibrahim resides in the Metro Detroit area with her husband of 19 years and their three children.  She is an entrepreneur and founder of Lighthouse Real Estate Group and is actively involved in the life of the Church, community, and non profits that are close to her heart including St. Catherine of Siena Academy, where she has served as Director of Admissions and Director of Public Relations. 

She is Mission Advancement Coordinator for the Women of Grace® Benedicta Leadership Institute® located at SS. Cyril and Methodius seminary and is also enrolled as a student in the M.A. in Theology program therein. She is humbled to be a part of this great mission “for such a time as this” and looks forward to walking on this journey of faith with you, her sisters in Christ.  

Adora Ibrahim
Mission Advancement Coordinator
Women of Grace® Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women®