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

Pope Francis: A Contemporary Witness of Faith

Since his election to the Papacy, Pope Francis has inspired millions of people through his actions and his words. This three-week course at the St. John School library in Ashtabula will explore Pope Francis’s life and writings. Through learning, prayer, and discussion, the course will help participants discern more fully how God is calling them to be missionary disciples like Pope Francis. Presenters include Nick Perkoski, Maria Crookston, and Scott Plescia.

Dates and Times:
Thursdays, October 18, 25; November 8
St. John School Library
7911 Depot Road
Ashtabula, OH 44004
Cost: $25


Unplug and Recharge: Connecting With Christ

Saturday, October 27th
Christ the Servant Parish, Canton
8:30AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00AM-7:00PM – Retreat, including lunch, Reconciliation, Vigil Mass, and Dinner
Cost: $30

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.