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Address: 1404 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

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Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office

The Diocese of Cleveland has over 400 Certified Lay Ecclesial Ministers who serve across parishes, diocesan offices, in hospitality, schools, prisons and jails, retreat houses and through Institutions or programs of social outreach and advocacy.


Lay Ecclesial Ministers serve in many of the following roles:

  • Pastoral Associates
  • Catechetical Leaders
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministers
  • Social Outreach Coordinators
  • Bereavement Ministers
  • Spiritual and retreat directors
  • Directors/staff of Diocesan Offices
  • Music Ministers
  • Campus Ministers
  • Ministers of Adult Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation

The formation process provided by the diocese for candidates seeking Lay Ecclesial Ministry certification is comprehensive and intended to provide participants and the diocese with men and women who will exercise ministerial leadership in a parish or other ministerial settings with the competence needed to assume these responsibilities. The process consists of Human, Spiritual, Intellectual and Pastoral formation. Many of these elements overlap and are provided for in a variety of ways. These formational elements have been developed over the years in response to the needs of the diocese, the candidates, and parishes, and in consideration of the documents of the USCCB.

See our candidates in the Lay Ecclesial Ministry certification program! 

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