YOUNGSTOWN — A brand new focus and title have been given for a diocesan office in help of ministry in parishes.
Bishop David Bonnar stated the Office of Religious Education / Evangelization has grow to be the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry, efficient Feb. 1.
He stated the office will proceed to supply assets, session and networking for catechetical and evangelization ministries, and can broaden its companies to recruit, help and oversee lay ecclesial ministers in all areas of parish life.
“Lay ecclesial ministry” is a basic time period for a wide range of positions held by nonordained individuals who present substantial management in pastoral, catechetical, liturgical and musical ministry, Bonnar stated.
He stated such lay leaders collaborate with and are beneath the authority of clergymen and the bishop.
Officials stated the main focus of the newly renamed office will embrace growing a course of for acceptable private, religious, mental and pastoral formation and ongoing help of these entrusted with such ministries. The new focus aligns with Bonnar’s imaginative and prescient for a people- and mission-oriented church.
“I ask you to dream with me about ways we can witness to and support the important ministries of our Church — from Catholic education to social justice advocacy, from lay ecclesial ministry to vocations to the priesthood and religious life. One of the concerns I have is that we are dealing not only with a shortage of clergy but also with trained lay ecclesial ministers. We need to continue to build up all the ministries which bring so much life to our parishes — pastoral, catechetical, liturgical and musical,” Bonnar stated in a current “Walking By Faith Together” column.