Over 400 laity have been certified for ministerial leadership in parish, diocesan and other Catholic ministerial settings since 1985.
In November 2005, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved and published "Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry" which acknowledges and affirms the place of lay ecclesial ministers in the life of the Church in the United States. This document also provides greater clarity to the roles fulfilled by lay ecclesial ministers and the essential elements of formation of persons, including vowed religious, who serve in these varied roles.
Visit a Friday Evening Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Session on May 17, 2019
To learn more about the formation piece of becoming a Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister, please consider joining us for prayer and discussion about the formation process from 6:30-8:00 PM.
Lay Ecclesial Ministry Annual Retreat from July 26, 7:00 PM to July 27, 7:00 PM at Loyola Retreat House
"Ministering with a Compassionate Heart” directed by Maureen Dowd. Accompanying with heartfelt compassion takes a great deal of prayer and reflection so that we can ultimately love with the heart of Jesus. We will reflect on ideas from Joyce Rupp’s book, Boundless Compassion – Creating a Way of Life as well as other resources. This retreat affords us an opportunity to get away in prayer, and re-center our hearts, our ministry and our lives. For more details:
For information about lay ministry formation in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, please contact our staff:
Pattie Batchman, Director
Colleen Royer, Office Manager
A “certified lay ecclesial minister” is someone “authorized” to serve as a lay ecclesial minister in the diocese by the Bishop of Cleveland.
Preparation for ecclesial ministry in the Diocese of Cleveland has four Formation components: Human, Spiritual, Intellectual and Pastoral.
The Diocese of Cleveland is dedicated to serving the mission of the Church. We welcome all questions via phone or email inquiry.
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