The Lay Ministry Formation Program – offers a number of programs supporting the initial and ongoing formation of the laity in living out their baptismal call to ministry. Echoing the call of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Benedict XVI reminded us that the ultimate goal of such programs is to help the entire Church to recognize lay men and women as “co-responsible for the Church’s being and action” (Address to the Ecclesial Convention of the Diocese of Rome, May 2009). Pope Francis stressed the need for well-formed ministers in his July 2013 visit to Brazil: Unless we train ministers capable of warming people’s hearts, of walking with them in the night, of dialoguing with their hopes and disappointments, of mending their brokenness, what hope can we have for our present and future journey?
The Diocese of Camden, through the Lay Ministry Formation Program, has committed itself to the formation of the laity – in solid Catholic theology and in formation that fosters pastoral and effective ministers.
The Lay Ministry Formation Program is offered in different forms, in response to different needs, in English and Spanish and in various parts of the Diocese. It enriches the lives of those who take part, thus enriching the parishes and the Diocese in which they serve.
The principal offerings of the Lay Ministry Formation Program are:
- Catechist/Parish Ministry Certificates and Adult Faith Formation through the University of Dayton online study, the Church Ministry Institute of Camden (CMIC) and the Instituto de Ministerio Eclesial de Camden (IMEC), and
- Degrees and Certificates through University study.