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I was named Director of Certification for Ecclesial Ministry & Service at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in July 2018. The office is in the Secretariat of Catholic Education and facilitates the work of the Conference’s Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. The purpose of the subcommittee is to promote and resource the development of standards of ministry formation and certification, as well as to review and approve those standards voluntarily submitted to its office by dioceses and national Catholic ministry organizations. The promotion of common standards for certification better enable these dioceses and organizations to prepare and certify primarily non-ordained lay ecclesial ministers. The purpose of certification provides a way of supporting the development of skills and practices most helpful for specialized ministries across a wide array of the church’s life, including parish and diocesan leadership ministries, hospital chaplaincy and health care, campus ministry, prison ministries, and others.

The office also works to promote this work among the body of bishops across the United States, making them aware of the resources which the Subcommittee on Certification can make available to them to assist in the ongoing development of these programs.

For more information about my work with the USCCB, visit the web page for the subcommittee on the Conference website.

USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry & Service: A Resource for Ministry Formation

In 2019, my office organized a wide-ranging conversation about the importance of lay ministry and ministry formation with the Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service, Most. Rev. Gerald Kicanas, Bishop emeritus of Tucson, several representatives from national Catholic ministry support organizations who support standards in ministry formation approved by the USCCB, and a director of a diocesan ministry formation program whose standards are also approved by the USCCB. The following video portfolio features excerpts from this longer conversation, as well as the entire hour long presentation.

Subtitles are available on each video in English, Spanish and French. Click the “CC” icon and use the gear icon to select your preferred language.

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