Lay Ecclesial Ministry

The Office of Lay Ministry, in partnership with the other Formation Offices, coordinates, develops, and oversees the diocesan Lay Ministry Formation Program. The office also oversees the continuing education and spiritual development of current Commissioned or Missioned Lay Ministers.

The diocesan Lay Ministry Formation Program helps prepare Catholic adults for ministry by expanding their knowledge of Scripture and Catholic Theology, helping them live their baptismal call in service to others, and strengthens their relationship with God through prayer, retreats and spiritual formation.

Learn about the history of the Lay Ministry Formation Program (Faith Saginaw Magazine Article, Page 20)

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Application Period

Do you want a deeper relationship with God? Do you want to learn more about your Catholic faith? Do you feel you are being called to more? Have you felt a need for some Adult Faith Formation? Perhaps God is tugging at your heart. The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation may be the answer to your call! The application period for the 2024-2025 academic year for Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation is from February 1 through May 15. Seminars meet monthly September through May. The seminars are on Friday evenings and all-day Saturday, one time per month, so it is perfect for most working people. We also offer overnight lodging. For more information and any questions, please contact the Coordinator of Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation, Deb Popielarz, at or call 989.797.6660


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