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|Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas
||Bishop Emeritus of Tucson|
Most Reverend Alfred C. Hughes
Archbishop Emeritus of New Orleans
Most Reverend George Rassas
Most Reverend Earl A. Boyea
Most Reverend Robert Reed
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Bishop of Lansing
Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
|Marc DelMonico, Ph.D.
|Jessica Granados, MAL
||Staff Assistant |
The subcommittee assists the bishops in reviewing and approving certification standards and procedures to be used on a voluntary basis by arch/dioceses and national organizations in the certification of specialized ecclesial ministers. It also offers consultative services aimed at improving the quality of lay ministry formation programs that are sponsored by arch/dioceses and by academic institutions.
This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility:
- Embody the concerns and priorities of the bishops of the United States for ministry, namely, that those who minister in the name of the Catholic Church, each according to his or her status in the Church, are humanly and spiritually mature, well-prepared through education and formation, possess professional competence and pastoral skills, and adhere to the authentic teaching of the Church.
- Review and approve sets of competency-based certification standards and certification procedures that have been developed for voluntary use by dioceses and national associations for various ministry specializations in such roles as campus minister, parish catechetical leader, youth minister, pastoral associate, director of music ministries, as well as hospital, prison, and seafarer chaplaincies.
- Promote the development and application of voluntary certification standards for specialized ministry that are based on expectations and competencies reflected in the four areas of formation outlined in the U.S. bishops' document, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, namely, human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral.
- Offer consultation, upon request, to lay ministry formation programs in arch/dioceses and academic institutions for the purpose of improving the quality and effectiveness of these programs in accord with the guidance offered by Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord and by other relevant pastoral documents of the USCCB and the universal magisterium.
- With other committees, sub-committees, task forces, and offices of the USCCB, especially the Committees on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY), Evangelization and Catechesis (EC), Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV), Cultural Diversity in the Church (CD), and Catholic Education (CE).
- With bishops, Church institutions and leadership personnel of national ministry associations, academic institutions, and diocesan offices.
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