The application deadline for the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute has passed. Therefore applications are no longer bring accepted.
If you have questions, please contact Deacon Kurt Lucas.
Final deadline for submission of application and letters of recommendation:
Pre-admissions meetings and interviews:
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - Kalamazoo area
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Area
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - Battle Creek Area
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - Kalamazoo Area
Admissions committee meeting:
Applicant notification of committee decision by e-mail:
Orientation Materials, First Book, and Reading Assignment mailed to participants:
|September 19, 2015||LEMI Orientation and Intentional Discipleship|
|October 17, 2015||Discernment of Personal Gifts and Charisms|
|November 21, 2015||Old Testament & Personal Spiritual Formation|
|February 20, 2016||New Testament & Ministerial Relationships and Boundaries|
|March 19, 2016||One and Triune God & Listening and Communication Skills|
|April 16, 2016||Creed 1 & Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building|
|May 21, 2016||Creed 2 & Group Dynamics and Facilitation Skills|
|June 18, 2016||Mass and Retreat: Focus - Prayer and the Spiritual Life|
|September 24, 2016||Sacraments 1 & Goal Setting and Mission Planning|
|October 15, 2016||Sacraments 2 & Styles and Functions of Leadership|
|November 19, 2016||Canon and Civil Law & Team Building and Problem Solving|
|February 18, 2017||Morality 1 & Identifying and Calling Forth Gifts in Others|
|March 18, 2017||Morality 2 & Recruitment/Training of Staff and Volunteers|
|April 22, 2017||Ministry-Specific Seminars & Supervision/Evaluation of Staff|
|May 20, 2017||Practicum Orientation & Pastoral Counseling/Spiritual Direction|
|June 17, 2017||Mass and Retreat: Focus - Models of Discipleship, Mary and the Saints|
|September 16, 2017||Catholic Social Teaching & Awareness of Diversity in Ministry 1|
|October 21, 2017||Ecclesiology & Awareness of Diversity in Ministry 2|
|November 18, 2017||Vatican II and the Church & Budget and Record-Keeping 1|
|February 17, 2018||The New Evangelization & Budget and Record-Keeping 2|
|March 17, 2018||Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Church & Collaboration with Partner Parishes, the Deanery, and the Diocese 1|
|April 21, 2018||Popular Religion/Devotions and Mariology & Collaboration with Partner Parishes, the Deanery, and the Diocese 2|
|May 19, 2018||Mentor and Ministry Practicum Debriefing and Conclusions|
|June 16, 2018||Final Retreat with Mass and Commissioning|
All Christians, by virtue of their Baptism, are called to the fullness of Christian life and to use their gifts and talents to transform the world for Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers the faithful in this work. Some people are called to service in a particular ministry of leadership and collaboration within the Church. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has identified these lay people who prepare for service as “lay ecclesial ministers.”
As described in the USCCB document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, these are men and women whose ecclesial service is characterized by:
Authorization of the hierarchy to serve publically in the local church
Leadership in a particular area of ministry
Close mutual collaboration with the pastoral ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons
Preparation and formation appropriate to the level of responsibilities that are assigned to them
The Church needs people with a solid sense of ministry, a clear theology of Church, and the skills to carry out their ministry. The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute of the Diocese of Kalamazoo seeks to prepare lay women and men for specific roles of service to and leadership in and for the local Church. The target audience includes, but is not limited to: first, Administrators, and Administrative Assistants; Lay Pastoral Coordinators; all Parish leadership and support positions, (such as Directors/Coordinators of Liturgy and Music, Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education, Adult Formation, and Youth Ministry; Pastoral Associates; etc.), but also Campus Ministers; Catholic School Principals, and Teachers of Theology. It is also open to those who wish ministry training for to help fulfill their desire to serve the Church in any of these positions in the future.
To prepare laity for leadership in the Church through human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation.
To foster self-awareness and recognition in others of the human characteristics needed for personal growth and ministerial service.
To prepare Catholic people of the local Church to be commissioned as certified lay ecclesial ministers and provide active service in a parish setting.
To provide opportunities for self-renewal in ministry and for ongoing formation as lay ecclesial ministers.
To enhance employment opportunities and placement for ministry.
Explore human qualities and traits fostering a healthy, well-balanced personality, including: understanding of self and others, the practice of Christian virtues, and genuine respect and concern for others.
Identify spiritual charisms and personal gifts for ministry.
Utilize the process of theological reflection in personal and ministerial settings.
Participate in the practice of prayer and the sacraments in the context of the Catholic Christian spiritual tradition.
Attain theological knowledge of the Church’s teachings and traditions.
Examine the role of collaboration and cooperation in ministry.
Gain an appreciation of the ethnic, cultural, and ecclesial diversity in the diocese.
Acquire pastoral skills in communication, administration, leadership, and ministry.
Build relationships on the local parish level and enhance awareness of the connection to the Diocesan and Universal Church.
While the ultimate goal is to offer this program in regional sites around the diocese through streaming video, the diocese does not yet have the technological capability to make this a reality. So for this first three-year session, this program will be offered at the Transformations Spirituality Center of the Congregation of St. Joseph, 3427 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI
All costs associated with facility rental and setup/cleanup, course content and Pastoral Skills Workshop instructors, books, handouts, coffee/drinks, snacks, and meals for all of the Saturday sessions
All costs associated with facility rental and setup/cleanup, facilitators, priests, Mass and Confession, books, handouts coffee/drinks, snacks, and meals for all of the Saturday retreat days
All costs associated with mentors for participants and support staff for the program
Mileage reimbursements or fuel costs for participants
Child-care costs for participants
Other incurred expenses for participants not directly noted above
Acceptance into the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute includes the following library of books for each participant. These will serve as the texts for the classes and also provide an excellent reference set for participants both during formation and in their ministries.
Forming Intentional Disciples - Sherry Weddell
Forming Intentional Disciples Study Guide - Ximena DeBroeck
Called and Gifted Participant Materials - Catherine of Siena Institute
The Great Adventure Bible Timeline Chart - Jeff Cavins
The Didache Bible
Catholic Bible Dictionary - Scott Hahn
The Trinity: How Not to be a Heretic - Stephen Bullivant
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Study Guide for the U.S. Adult Catholic Catechism - Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Catholic Dictionary - Fr. John S. Hardon, S.J.
The Christian Faith: In the Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church - Fr. Jacques Dupuis S.J.
Sacraments in Scripture - Tim Gray
Code of Canon Law
Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples - Sherry Weddell
Compendium of the Social Docrine of the Church
Vatican Council II Documents
Vatican II: The Crisis and the Promise - Alan Schreck
Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel - Pope Francis
New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today - Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers
The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions - Mike Aquilina and Regis J. Flaherty
The How-To Book of Sacramentals - Ann Ball
Hail, Holy Queen - Scott Hahn
NOTE: If deemed necessary, specific books may change. If so, participants will be notified.