About the Lay Formation Program
A service of the Department of Catholic Education and Formation
The Lay Formation Program is designed to offer lay men and women an opportunity to deepen their union with Christ and develop their ability to participate in the Church’s mission of evangelization as missionary disciples. The preparation consists of three years of intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation.
"Those who have opened their hearts to God's love, heard His voice and received His light, cannot keep this gift to themselves." - Pope Francis Lumen Fidei 37
The Goals of the Program:
- To provide instruction for mind and heart that invites a deepening relationship with Christ and His body the Church
- To foster recognition of the dignity bestowed in Baptism along with the inherent “rights and obligations” assumed
- To encourage greater awareness of and openness to the action of God's grace
- To offer opportunities that help to raise consciousness of the fundamental relationship between love of God and love of neighbor
- To provide participants with opportunities to enter into respectful dialogue
- To promote the development of skill in speaking with others about matters of faith
Participants are invited by their pastors to apply. Prior to entering the program it is understood that regular attendance at all sessions is required and upon completion of the time of formation, the person will commit to 3 years of service in the parish. This could be in areas such as faith formation, evangelization, pastoral ministry, service to those in need or another area of service determined by the Pastor and the participant.
Comments from previous participants:
"The Lay formation program was life changing –this is not an exaggeration or an overstatement. Though I believed my prayer life was pretty strong, I could not have predicted how it would increase and expand with in-depth catechesis. Further, I found myself with a better understanding of the vocations of priests and religious and my own vocation as a wife and mom. My daily prayer habits have dramatically changed."
"I really can't begin to tell Archbishop Carlson and everyone involved in the program how much the last 3 years of Lay Formation has enriched my life in Christ. Through this enrichment I have become more aware of people around me ... It opened new doors for praying and how I process my actions and how I can improve my life with Christ. "
Whoever had the idea for the Lay Formation program, and all of you who saw it through and put your hearts and souls into sharing such a rich treasury of information and teaching us how to seek out and find that information on our own – you can't even begin to imagine what a ripple you have started here in our archdiocese. It goes beyond information to a real relationship with Jesus Christ, as was modeled to us through the dedicated teachers and lay men and women who shared and witnessed to us over those three years.
For more information about this program please contact: Sr Mary Kathleen Ronan, RSM 314-792-7233