Formation for Ministry

Title: Formation for Ministry Program

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To: 240 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

240 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Tel: (315) 470-1491
Fax: (315) 474-6893


Formation for Ministry is a two and half year program of education, ministerial training, field experience, and spiritual preparation of adult Catholics leading to Certification in a specialized area of ministry and Commissioning by the diocesan bishop. Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Ministers are asked to give three years of service to their parish or sponsoring institution.

The Formation for Ministry Program is for women and men who are mature people of faith and willing to accept responsibility for ministry in the Church. Candidates must be recommended by their pastor or the director of a diocesan institution.

Candidates must demonstrate a fidelity to the faith and tradition of the universal Church and manifest the intention to adhere to the faith, tradition and disciplines of the universal Church, the local diocesan Church and their parish. They should also demonstrate a willingness to pursue continuing formation even after they are commissioned.

For more information please call the office and a packet with a full description of the program will be sent for your consideration.

Formation for Ministry Workshop schedule, click here

To view the video series from the North American Forum on the Cathechumanate, click here.