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. 

Specialized Ministry Courses - Easter Season 2016 Courses Information

Ministry in the Midst of Messiness: Lessons from Scripture for Ministry Today will explore 5 books of the Bible from a ministry perspective.  Learn about Scripture and what it teaches concerning ministering to others in a prayerful, communal setting.

Two Locations!

Pastoral Ministry Center at Our Lady of Peace in Ashtabula on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00PM.  April 12, 26 and May 3, 10, 17.


Social Hall at St. Patrick's in Youngstown on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00PM.  April 14, 28 and May 5, 12, 19.

Parish Leadership in the Church Today includes sessions on learning leadership from Jesus and Scripture, the role and function of Parish Pastoral Councils, ministry team development, and practical tips on parish group leadership.

Helman Community Center at St. Michael's in Canton on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00PM.  April 11, 25 and May 2, 9, 16.

Specialized Ministry Courses Brochure including registration form

Specialized Ministry Courses Flyer

Online Registration Available

Foundations in Ministry Program Information

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.

"New Sessions will begin in September 2016. Check back in the Spring for more details."

Foundations in Ministry Brochure 

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

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.