The Office of Faith, Family, and Discipleship serves the diocesan mission primarily by responding to the initial and ongoing formation of lay men and women who, together with the ordained, bear responsibility for fostering the baptismal call of all the faithful of the diocese in certain hope that the world may be transformed in the light of Christ.
Our diocesan office:
- Offers the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, which also serves as a resource to the diocesan Office for the Permanent Diaconate.
- Offers Pathways, an adult faith formation course.
- Administers the Anselm Fund, a form of financial assistance.
- Conducts an annual survey of lay ecclesial ministers who serve our parishes and Catholic schools.
Lay ecclesial minister is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s (USCCB) preferred term for a member of an emerging and recognizable group among the larger group of laity who serve to equip and strengthen the church for its mission in the world.