The term “Lay Ecclesial Minister” is intended to encompass and describe a variety of different roles that may be filled by laity on the parish, diocesan and/or other Catholic institutional level.
Lay Ecclesial Ministers serve in roles such as pastoral associate, youth ministry leader, parish catechetical leader, director of liturgy and/or pastoral music, campus minister, pastoral care coordinator in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and/or jails, and in some cases, parish life coordinators. This term does not reflect a specific position title, but is a generic title that includes many varied leadership positions.
A “certified Lay Ecclesial Minister” is someone who has been formally accepted into the diocesan certification process, completed successfully all aspects of formation, and who has been “authorized” to serve as a Lay Ecclesial Minister in the diocese by the Bishop of Cleveland.
The service of a Lay Ecclesial Minister characterized by:
The call to Lay Ecclesial Ministry is a gift from God that is discerned by the individual in conversation with their parish priest and other, lay and ordained, ecclesial ministers, their spiritual director and the Church. The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office of the Diocese serves as part of the discernment once other, more personal, conversations have occurred. There are, however, certain characteristics that can be identified that may assist in this discernment. These qualities need to be evident in the individual as they seek application to the Diocesan Certification Process and will be further developed during formation.
Candidate Kathleen Ott shares her Field Experience project in this video. She worked to transform her parish community to an on-line community, centered on prayer and growing spiritually through the Covid-19 pandemic. Hear about the challenges and blessing she experienced!
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