Mission of the Office of Lay Ministry Formation

Recognizing that lay ministry is a vital ministry in the Church today, the Office of Lay Ministry Formation seeks to provide ongoing comprehensive ministry formation and learning for people at all stages of their faith journey. Our foundational goal is to help lay ministers respond to their baptismal vocation by nourishing the life of faith within themselves and developing greater understanding of the scriptures, our Catholic tradition, and the mission of Jesus Christ.

Lay Ministry Formation
2018 -2019 Courses

Specialized Ministry Courses

Praying For (and with) Others

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry at Corpus Christi Parish in Conneaut will lead a workshop on prayer and praying with others.  Participants gain confidence in praying aloud with others by learning the basics and then practicing with each other.
Date and time
Thursday, March 14th
Corpus Christi Parish, Conneaut
Parish Center Adult Faith Formation Room
Cost: FREE
For more information, contact Pete Schafer at (330)744-8451 ext. 275 or pschafer@youngstowndiocese.org.

Ministry to the Marginalized

This three week Lay Ministry Formation Course will address ministry to people that are on the margins of our parishes and communities.  Topics will include ministry to people struggling with drug addiction and their families, ministry to families at the margins, and human trafficking.
Dates and time
Thursdays – March 28, April 4 & 11
St. John School Library, Ashtabula
7911 Depot Road
Ashtabula, OH 44004
Cost: $20
To register, or for more information, contact Pete Schafer at (330)744-8451 ext. 275 or pschafer@youngstowndiocese.org.


Unplug and Recharge: Tap into the Trinity

Saturday, June 15th
St. Joseph Parish, Randolph
9:00AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30AM-7:0PM – Retreat, including lunch, Reconciliation, Vigil Mass, and Dinner

The retreat is for any parishioner, especially those who are in ministry and need a day away in prayer and reflection!

To register, contact Pete:
Call 330 744-8451 ext. 275 or

For more information on any of these courses or retreats contact the office of Lay Ministry. Copies of all materials can be mailed by request as well.

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As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11

Indeed, everyone should painstakingly ready himself or herself personally for the Apostolate, especially as an adult. For the advance of age brings with it better self-knowledge, thus enabling each person to evaluate more accurately the talents with which God has enriched each soul and to exercise more effectively those charismatic gifts which the Holy Spirit has bestowed on all for the good of others. (no. 30)

In CALLED AND GIFTED, the American Bishops cite four calls: the call to adulthood; the call to holiness; the call to ministry (Christian service – ministry in the world and ministry in the Church); and the call to community.