Formation for Ministry

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FFM Logo colorThe Office Adult and Ministerial Formation provides education and formation

to lay adult Catholics who seek to grow in faith and service in response to their Baptismal call to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Formation for Ministry supports the Diocese of Syracuse’s mission of evangelization by preparing individuals to serve as lay ecclesial ministers and deacons and providing opportunities for faith formation to adults across the diocese.


The Formation for Ministry program provides education, ministerial training, field experience, and spiritual preparation for adult Catholics leading to certification and commissioning by the diocesan bishop in a specialized area of ministry.  The program prepares candidates to assist pastors to serve the needs of a parish or pastoral care area. The program also serves as the first two years of deacon formation.

Formation for Ministry also offers learning opportunities for adult Catholics who seek to learn more about their faith for their own personal enrichment.

For more information about Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation, click here.

For more information about Adult Faith Formation, click here.

To learn more about online learning opportunities, click here.

To view and download a presentation given at the 2018 Diocesan Road Show, offered by the Office of Pastoral Leadership, click here

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FFM 2023-2024 Calendar

 2023-2024 Course schedule

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Since 1982 Formation for Ministry has commissioned over 1600 lay ministers to serve in parish ministry. In celebration of all who have served and continue to serve, the Offices of Formation for Ministry, in collaboration with Sr. Laura Bufano, CSJ, Office of Pastoral Leadership, offers opportunities for alumni to reconnect with others who have been through the program and provides opportunities for continued formation. To register as an alumni please call the office at 470-1479 or email


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