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.
The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Scholarship Fund helps the laity with the cost of their education in theology while they prepare for ministry through the Diocesan Lay Ecclesial Ministry Certification process. The Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 and assistance has been provided for over 50 candidates. Thank you for your generosity!
Newly certified Kathleen Ott shares her experience with Lay Ecclesial Ministry formation and how the Scholarship Fund supports candidates.
Newly certified Lisa Belza shares her experience with Lay Ecclesial Ministry formation. The Scholarship fund helps to ensure that everyone has funds available for education and formation for ministry.
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