Ministry Formation Program Being Offered

February 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2013

MINISTRY FORMATION PROGRAM BEING RE-OFFERED

“Our Adult Faith Committee has recently concluded a review of the two-year program” stated Bishop Richard Grecco.  “It is our intention to start a new program and invite interested candidates, commencing in September 2013.”

Church ministry is both diverse and demanding and often there are not enough hours in the day for clergy and religious to fulfill all the demands.  It was for these reasons that the Lay Pastoral Associates Formation Program was developed by the Diocese of Charlottetown several years ago.  Its objective was to provide a faith formation program to facilitate lay people becoming involved in parish ministry.

“The program was developed on the Island and delivered by local resource people” (clergy, religious and lay people) commented Father John Lacey, chair of the committee that oversees the delivery of the program.  “It’s aim is to further develop the knowledge and skills of lay people in areas of parish ministry such as visiting the sick, providing adult faith formation, sacramental preparation and to support the ministry of others in a parish community.”

The program has been offered on two previous occasions with a total of fifteen candidates completing the program.  Core elements of the formation include such areas as: Scripture, Sacraments, Theology, Practical Skills for Pastoral Ministry, Spiritual Growth and Development, Ecclesiology.

“I participated in an earlier offering of the program and found it very enriching and rewarding” remarked Austina Garnhum.  “This led to my being involved at my home parish, St. Malachy’s in Kinkora for a number of years, which was a blessing as I thoroughly enjoyed serving in the area of ecumenical outreach and grief ministry.”

In the fall of 2012, presentations were made to pastors and pastoral staff regarding the revisions to the program.  At this stage, parish communities and parishioners have been asked to give consideration to participating in the program.

“We are hopeful that a number of individuals accept the challenge of participating in this important program” noted Bishop Grecco.  “This is a unique opportunity for lay people to become more involved in Church ministry.”

For further information about the program interested persons could make inquiries at rc@dioceseofcharlottetown.com or at 1-902-368-8005.