Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation
English Lay MinistryThe laity serve in a variety of “ministries, offices and roles” that do not require sacramental ordination. They find their foundation in the sacraments of baptism and confirmation. “All of the baptized are called to work toward the transformation of the world.” (Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord; p.8, USCCB) Most lay people witness to the gospel message as they work in the secular world. Others do this by working in the church and focusing on the building of the church community either in their parish or in the diocese. Many lay ministers do so on a limited and voluntary basis. Some have paid positions of leadership and ministry in their parishes. Among the many ministries in which the laity participate are: liturgical ministers, catechists, visitors to the sick and homebound, helping those in need, sacramental preparation, youth ministry, working with those wishing to convert to the Catholic Church, etc. A Lay Ecclesial Minister is someone who is authorized, often paid, to serve publically in a local parish church. Their service is one of leadership in a particular ministry. The minister works in close mutual collaboration with the pastoral ministry of bishops, priests and deacons. Being a lay ecclesial minister requires preparation and formation appropriate to the level of responsibilities that are assigned to him/her. The Diocese of Reno provides this formation in a four year Lay Ministry Formation program which includes as its components the human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral dimensions as outlined in the United States Bishop’s document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. Continuing formation opportunities are offered at the Annual Diocesan Conference and in the “Why Catholic?” program. Several parishes in the diocese also offer classes and presentations to help form lay ministers in their parishes. For more information contact the Office of Faith Formation at 775-326-9439. National Association for Lay MinistrySpanish Lay Ministry FormationThe Lay Ministry Formation Program is designed to prepare individuals for ministerial roles in their parishes. This is the broadest of all training programs that the Office of Ethnic Ministry offers. It has practical appeal to address lay people. It provides a general education for ministry, covering a wide range of areas of expertise.
People involved in particular ministries such as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), Catechists, Youth Ministers, Baptism and Pre-Cana teams, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Liturgical Ministries, etc. will all find this program helpful in enhancing and expanding their pastoral skills and knowledge. Still others might enroll in this program for their own personal and spiritual enrichment.
Some of the students, participating in the Lay Ministry Program are involved in ministries in their parishes. Others are preparing to become more involved in the Church. The program offers opportunities for each person's spiritual development. At the same time it gives the knowledge and skills for various pastoral ministries.
The Curriculum consists of 28 basic courses and 4 retreats divided into four years.
Certification: At the end of the four years, the students will receive a certificate which is recognized by the Diocese of Reno.
The Program welcomes all lay persons who have a vocation to serve the Hispanic community.
Application Process: Completed application form, a personal essay, a letter of recommendation from your pastor, a copy of your transcripts, an interview with the Director of the program, and a formal letter of acceptance.
Class times: Classes are held Saturdays from 8:45a.m. – 4:00p.m. and Sundays form 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center 290 S. Arlington Ave. Reno, Nevada 89501
Ongoing Formation: After to have been completed the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program of four years, special workshops will be announced each year. Lay Ministry graduate students are required to participate. These sessions, given by experts in their fields, will be developed to deepen knowledge and foster community. All graduates are invited to participate in an Annual Weekend Retreat.
Curriculum 2011-2012Spanish Lay Ministry Formation Registration FormSpanish Lay Ministry Brochure Link to Hispanic Ministries