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All the faithful are called in various ways to share in the mission of the Church. This call stems from our Baptism and grows in “an ecclesiology of communion which recognizes diversity in union and acknowledges the Spirit as the source of all the gifts which serve to build up Christ’s Body” (Coworkers in the Vineyard of the Lord, page 20).

Today, in parishes and dioceses, schools and institutions, and various roles and offices, laity serve Christ and his people.  These roles do not require sacramental ordination, but rather are sustained by the grace of Baptism, Confirmation, and often, Matrimony (CWVL, page 9).

While pathways to ministry vary, all lay ministers must be well-suited for the important work that they do. Ideally, each minister is intellectually well-trained, is sensitive to pastoral realities, is well-grounded spiritually, and possesses human traits which enable their call to ministry.  These traits – intellectual, pastoral, spiritual, and human—are often called the “four pillars of formation.”

WELCOME!  We admire and applaud your pursuit of ministerial excellence.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to the leadership of your particular organization for further details or assistance.  We hope you will add your voice to the story and contribute to our culture of competence by seeking to be a certified LEM!

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Friday, August 16, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
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  Why Certification?


You do not need them all upon initial registration. You will be able to log on and upload at anytime after your register on the site.

  • Evidence of pastoral ministry experience (minimum 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time)-Resume
  • Official educational and formation program transcripts
  • Reference letter from supervising pastor (form in DOCUMENT LIBRARY or QUICK LINKS on profile page)
  • Reference letters from two colleagues who have observed you in ministry (forms available in document library)
  • Baptismal certificate/Evidence of full communion with the Catholic Church
  • Ministerial autobiography (instructions in document library)
  • Signed and dated Code of Ethics (form in document library)
  • Evidence of compliance with diocesan safe environment policies and background checks
  • Application fee $95 mailed to your partner organization