THE ART OF FORMING THOSE CALLED TO MINISTRY


All the baptized, in their particular contexts, are called to holiness to transform the world by witnessing the Lord they
have encountered. Many, moved by the Spirit, discern to respond to this call to ministry (servitium) in their local parishes
as Lay Ecclesial Ministers. The Church has used the term Lay Ecclesial Ministry because it reflects key elements of the
specific lay vocation. The ministry is Lay for it is rooted in our baptismal call, we respond as lay women and men. The
ministry is Ecclesial for it is discerned and appointed by the local shepherd, the Archbishop, to serve in close
collaboration with the pastor and parish leadership to serve in communion for mission. It is ministry for it expresses the
continuous mission of Christ through the Church.

There are five components of the Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Service to guide our mission:

  • Providing a formation that responds to the hunger of God’s People.
  • Developing a comprehensive, systematic, consistent, and ongoing formation.
  • Ensuring accessibility of formation that meets the needs of those in rural and urban areas (culturally sensitive,
    language, affordability, calendarization, scholarships).
  • Helping leaders to strengthen their ministerial identity as witnesses of the Culture of Encuentro.
  • Identifying intentional Partners with local and national entities.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry and the Archdiocese of San Antonio

The term Lay Ecclesial Ministry is a general term that may include any number of roles. In the Archdiocese of San Antonio, these initially include:

Director/Coordinator of Worship or Liturgy
Director/Coordinator of Music Ministries
Director/Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life
Director/Coordinator of Pastoral Care
Director/Coordinator of Religious Education
Director/Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Director/Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry
Director/Coordinator of Campus Ministry

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

PHILOSOPHY COURSE IS PRE-REQUIRED FOR THEOLOGICAL COURSEWORK.  
Philosophy in the Catholic Tradition

THEOLOGICAL COURSES 
Taken together with candidates for the Diaconate program
Catholic Biblical Interpretation: Old Testament
Catholic Biblical Interpretation: New Testament
Jesus Christ: God and Man (Christology)
Ecclesiology
Sacramental Theology: The Faith Celebrated
Moral Theology: The Faith Lived
History of the Catholic Church

MINISTRY PRACTICUM COURSES 
Intercultural Competencies for Pastoral Ministry
Elective (Ministry-specific)
Elective (Ministry-specific)