Friday, April 16, 2010

Lay Ministry Formation Program

Applications are being accepted for a new Lay Ministry class that will begin in September 2010

Would you like to serve your parish in a more effective way and deepen your faith at the same time? If your answer is yes, then you may be interested in the Lay Ministry Formation program.

The Archdiocese of Hartford offers an 18 month formation program for women and men who are over the age of 21 and have had some experience with a parish ministry or social outreach program. This program will provide classes in theology, scripture, church history, sacraments and spirituality. Classes meet one day a week from 7 to 9 pm in Bloomfield, CT at The Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary.

Along with the classroom studies the lay minister will be assigned a mentor to help them develop the ministry skills needed for their particular area of ministry. You could be prepared for a variety of parish ministries such as bereavement ministry, ministry to the sick and the elderly, catechesis, youth ministry, social justice, RCIA, Adult Faith Formation and Stewardship.

If you would like to apply for the lay ministry program, please talk with your pastor, find out what needs your parish has and ask him for his support. The application can be found at our web site,