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Offices Parish Life Lay Ecclesial Ministry FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about the formation process?

To learn more about the formation piece of becoming a Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister, please consider joining us for "Visit Formation Night" on any of the following Friday evenings:

  • October 11, 2019
  • October 25, 2019
  • November 15, 2019
  • December 13, 2019
  • January 17, 2020
  • February 21, 2020
  • March 20, 2020
  • April 17, 2020
  • May 8, 2020

These meetings are at the Center for Pastoral Leadership from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Please RSVP by calling (440) 943-7670 or by e-mail.

What about my past experience and credentials?

The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office is aware that many people come to the Certification Process with a wide variety of academic backgrounds, experience in ministry and competency. The Office is committed to working with each applicant to assure that their experience, education and demonstrated competence in ministry is applied to the requirements of the process when and wherever appropriate.

Is everyone accepted into the process also certified?

No. Throughout the time an individual is participating in the process, there is on-going discernment on the part of the candidate, their Spiritual Director, academic advisor, mentor(s), formation facilitators and the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office staff.  If at any time the candidate’s progress is questioned, or the goals or vision of the candidate or the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office have changed, termination of the process can result.  The intention of the Office staff is to assist the candidate in a process of mutual discernment.  The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office looks for signs and indications that the candidate is growing in knowledge, spiritual maturity, personal development and an ability to lead in a ministerial setting.

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