SAGINAW- On Sept. 18, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, presided at the Lay Ministry Commissioning and Renewal Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Saginaw. The Lay Ministry Program offers deep spiritual, theological and pastoral formation for lay people so that they may be even more effective in carrying out the lay apostolate and evangelization. Lay ministry formation involves four years of learning, spiritual formation and pastoral practice before each candidate is commissioned by the bishop for parish-based lay ministry or missioned by him as a "Christian in the World." Those interested in learning more about the Lay Ministry Program may call 989-797-6609.