Ministry Formation

This training is offered by the Syracuse Diocese and is rather extensive. It is for people who are looking for a much deeper involvement in parish life as a minister in a particular area of parish life.

Formation for Ministry is a two and half year program of education, ministerial training, field experience, and spiritual preparation of adult Catholics leading to Certification in a specialized area of ministry and Commissioning by the diocesan bishop. Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Ministers are asked to give three years of service to their parish or sponsoring institution. The Formation for Ministry Program is for women and men who are mature people of faith and willing to accept responsibility for ministry in the Church.

Candidates must be recommended by their pastor or the director of a diocesan institution. Candidates must demonstrate a fidelity to the faith and tradition of the universal Church and manifest the intention to adhere to the faith, tradition and disciplines of the universal Church, the local diocesan Church and their parish. They should also demonstrate a willingness to pursue continuing formation even after they are commissioned.

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