Formation for Ministry

Contact Info & Staff


FFM Logo colorThe Office of Formation for Ministry (FFM) 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

Alumni Gatherings

Since 1982 the Formation for Ministry Program has commissioned over 1600 lay ministers to serve in parish ministry. In celebration of all who have served and continue to serve, the Office of Formation for Ministry, in collaboration with Sr. Laura Bufano, CSJ, Office of Pastoral Leadership, is hosting a series of gatherings for all alumni. All who have been through the program - active, inactive, or retired - are invited to attend. These events will give alumni an opportunity to rekindle relationships with others who have been through Formation for Ministry and serve as the beginning of a conversation about how the diocese can continue to support lay ministers after they are commissioned.

  • June 15 at St. Patrick - Whitney Point
  • June 24 at The Good News Center 
  • June 25 at Holy Cross DeWitt
  • June 28 at St. Augustine 


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