Lay Ministry

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144 W. Wood St.
Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone: 330-744-8451
Fax: 330-744-5099 



For information regarding the current year's programs, please contact the Office of Lay Ministry. 


Foundations in Ministry 2016-2017

The Foundations in Ministry Program empowers the laity to respond to the Baptismal call to holiness, ministry, and discipleship.

• Rooted in Scripture and Tradition.

• Comprehensive faith content within a community of learners.

• Interactive and inspirational sessions including prayer, reflection on Scripture, learning the Tradition, and discussion.

• Discern God's will and be empowered to better serve family, parish, and community.

Three locations to choose from:

Ursuline Center, Canfield – Monday evenings
St. Joseph, Jefferson – Tuesday evenings
St. Thomas Aquinas, Louisville – Thursday evenings

Links to Foundations in Ministry Information:

Foundations in Ministry Brochure (Brochure – Trifold 2015-2016.pdf)
Foundations in Ministry Flyer (FIM flyer.pdf)
Foundations in Ministry Registration Form (Application.docx)
Foundations in Ministry Pastor Recommendation Form (Recommendation Form.docx)

Online Registration 


Specialized Ministry Courses 2016-2017

Ministry to the Marginalized – Tuesday evenings – St. Columba Hall

Serving With Christ: A Door to Mercy Through Service-Learning
Tuesday evenings – Basilica of St. John the Baptist

Prison Ministry Formation – Thursday evenings – St. Patrick, Youngstown (Oak Hill)

Click on the links below for more information

Specialized Ministry Courses Brochure, including registration form (SMC Brochure Trifold 2016-2017.pdf)
Specialized Ministry Courses Flyer (SMC Flyer 2016-2017)

Online Registration

Copies of all materials can be mailed by request. Contact the Office of Lay Ministry Formation.

Helpful Links      


National Association of Lay Ministry 

Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development

A Guide for Parish Pastoral Councils - A People of Mission and Vision© 2000 - Document is in PDF Format.

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

VATICAN II: DECREE ON THE APOSTOLATE OF THE LAITY
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.

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 of all walks of life. Our foundational goal is to help 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.