USCCB President Announces New Initiative to Support Lay Ecclesial Ministry
On March 14, 2023, the Administrative Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved two items which will be determinative of the Conference’s long-term support and engagement of lay ecclesial ministers. One decision was the formation of a Task Force on Staffing of Diocesan and Parish Ministries. Related to that decision was to bring to conclusion the work of the Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service, effective June 30, 2023.
These determinations were announced via letter addressed to National Organizations of Lay Ecclesial Ministry and to Lay Ecclesial Ministers by USCCB President, Most Rev. Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop of the Military Services, on May 1, 2023.
The work of the Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service in support of national standards for ministry formation and certification will be part of the information provided to the new Task Force so that they may decide how best to recommend support to the ongoing work related to standards and to certification by various organizations and dioceses.
Standards and competencies granted approval by the Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service retain their approval through the end of the calendar year noted on the documentation provided to the diocese or program whose standards were approved.
Reports & Resources of the Subcommittee
USCCB-Approved Ministry Formation & Certification Standards | Recent Activities Reports of the Subcommittee | Minister Development Resources, including USCCB statements and documents on lay ecclesial ministry