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
Foundations in Ministry 2019 -2020

The Foundations in Ministry Program empowers the laity to respond to the Baptismal call to holiness, discipleship, and ministry.  The interactive and inspirational sessions include prayer, reflection on Scripture, learning the Tradition, and discussion on how it relates to personal, parish, and community life.

Choose from three locations:

 Ursuline Center, Canfield

Days and times: Monday evenings from 7:00-9:30PM
2019: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18, 25; December 2, 9
2020: January 6, 13, 27; February 3, 10; March 2, 9, 16, 23

St. Joseph, Calasanctius, Jefferson

Days and times: Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:30PM
2019: October 15, 22, 29; November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10
2020: January 7, 14, 21; February 4, 11, 18; March 3, 10, 17, 24

St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School, Louisville

Days and times: Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:30PM
2019: October 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12
2020: January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20; March 5, 12, 19

Opening retreat: October 5th; Closing Retreat – March 28, 2020.
Cost:$225 ($150 paid by the participant’s parish or sponsoring institution)

Print out the registration form, apply online (coming soon) or contact the Office of Lay Ministry Formation.
Call 330 744-8451 ext. 275 or email pschafer@youngstowndiocese.org

See below for additional material.

FIM Brochure

FIM Flyer 2019-2020

Application FIM 2019-2020

Recommendation Form

Parish Leader Formation Program

There are currently five parishes that are served by a Parish Leader, Canonical Pastoral and Sacramental Minister(s).  There will be more parishes with this leadership model in the near future, as the plan for pastoral regions recommends Parish Leaders in several of the regions. In order to have a sufficient number of Parish Leader candidates, there will be another Parish Leader Formation Program beginning this Fall. The program will train qualified deacons, religious men and women, and lay men and women to become certified Parish Leaders, making them eligible to apply for potential Parish Leader openings in the future.

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.